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Windows 8 consumer preview gets reviewed

Discussion in 'computers, web and general tech' started by editor, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. freshnero

    freshnero Well-Known Member

    which console came with a harddrive or online service
  2. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

  3. Kid_Eternity

    Kid_Eternity "You might be a lord but here comes the king."

    You don't have to invent to innovate, you can take what was already there and make it better or work. The Dreamcast had an online component but MS have done something with the online experience that no other console maker ever did or has infact.
  4. Perroquet

    Perroquet 09 11 12

    a few more gesture controls. being able to read mail while waiting for a page to load is interesting.
    apart from that it seems like a lot of bells and whistles.

    i'll be getting my first tablet over the next couple of months, so we'll see how the ipad 3 compares to this.
    haven't had a windows anything since 2005. gonna take some serious convincing.
  5. Kid_Eternity

    Kid_Eternity "You might be a lord but here comes the king."

    iPad is the only tablet worth getting at the moment but that could change in the next year once Microsoft get it's products on to the shelf.
  6. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    This seems to be more like them telling it like they normally do. :D

  7. freshnero

    freshnero Well-Known Member

    No disagreement from me.The 1st xbox was a pc in a box

    The Dreamcast had an online component was rarely used
    I can only remember one game that used the online bit
  8. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I'm getting more excited by this OS:
    Windows 8 can wipe a PC clean in just six minutes

    More: http://www.winsupersite.com/content...s-8-consumer-preview-push-button-reset-142376
  9. stuff_it

    stuff_it stirred the primordial soup

  10. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It's what you have to do when you're selling your PC for starters.
  11. stuff_it

    stuff_it stirred the primordial soup

    I sell break or lunch out so many PCs I can see that 6 minutes being a real advantage.
  12. magneze

    magneze mnemonic beef

  13. magneze

    magneze mnemonic beef

    Oooh, if I use QEMU rather than KVM as the hypervisor something else happens!

    I get a spinny thing under the fish. Looks like it might be working...
  14. Pingu

    Pingu Credo

    prepare for disspointment

    yeah its nice and fast etc etc but i still havnt found anything compelling enough to make me want to switch from windows 7.

    I am speaking here as someone who is normallyone of the first to jump on a new O/S btw.
  15. magneze

    magneze mnemonic beef

    It didn't install. I got a blue screen saying that "Setup is starting". It didn't.
  16. Pingu

    Pingu Credo

    works fine in vmware player from an iso btw
  17. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Well, it is six months from release....
  18. mister_shine

    mister_shine Him Diamond

    I was running win8 beta for a while and I can honestly say that I don't think that there is anything amazing about it. The Metro interface is based on HTML5 and looks very pretty, but functionality wise it does not appear to have any advantages over Windows 7 and it has a lot of disadvantages (Where's the start menu?!(Yes, I know where it is, why do I have to look for it?)).
    Windows 8 is an experimental release and showcases a lot of new tech. I believe that, as was the case with Windows Vista, there is only so much that a beta testing team can reveal and it will take until the next release to polish the new technology and have it reach its full potential. Until then, I'm with Windows 7.

    (Incidentally, Microsoft releases tend to go "Buggy one, good one, buggy one, good one" Windows 2000=good, me=bad, xp=good, vista=bad, 7=good. . . )
  19. mwgdrwg

    mwgdrwg THIS IS WHAT WE DO IN THE F.B.I.!

    See post #54 :D
  20. Divisive Cotton

    Divisive Cotton Now I just have my toy soldiers

    I think this version is really aimed at making serious inroads into the tablet market rather than making a new experience for the desktop
  21. Chz

    Chz Stark Raving Sane

    I know the new interface is the big selling point and all that, and I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt that you'll get used to it.

    However, what would compel me to upgrade from 7 other than the interface? What new features are there that actually matter? Wiping the PC clean in 6 minutes does not matter to me, or to most people.
  22. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

    They should have named it Windows 7 Tablet Edition, or Windows TE or something. It seems like it's not a logical progression from 7 for most devices.
  23. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    The Windows tablet thing - someone told me once that the reason iPads have such better battery life compared to windows ones is something to do with the processor windows needs, is this true?

    If so, will this still be the case with Windows 8 on a tablet?
  24. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    No as Windows 8 will run on ARM.
  25. Zabo

    Zabo Il est interdit d'interdire

    If Asus make a Windows style Prime version with compatibility to a desktop with things like Office they will be on a sure fire winner.

    I'm going to hold out.
  26. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    You mean a laptop with a removable keyboard then?
  27. Zabo

    Zabo Il est interdit d'interdire

    I beleive that is a self-evident given if one knows what the Asus Prime is. I would dispute the term 'laptop'. Rather a tablet with a keyboard accessory.
  28. c01642

    c01642 Well-Known Member

    If you really want to know details have a read through the build blog but basically they have rewritten everything in the OS to provide better performance all round, thats why it can run on some quite old kit.

  29. 2hats

    2hats ☢️

    There wasn't really anywhere else to go was there?
  30. Mr Smin

    Mr Smin Registered Luser

    Annoyed that when I try to install in VirtualBox under Linux it says there's some error with my PC. This is the latest VirtualBox which has Win8 in the menu.

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