Windows 8, a first look.

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Windows 8, a first look.

Post  waynefoutz on Thu Jun 02, 2011 4:34 pm

This is interesting.


http://youtu.be/p92QfWOw88I

Clearly Microsoft is going after Google for the #2 spot behind the iPad in the tablet market. Kind of interesting how they blend the familiar desktop UI into it as well. It's going to be an interesting year in the tablet horse race.

Made several attempts to imbed that video with the video button, but somehow couldn't get it done.
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Re: Windows 8, a first look.

Post  oldposdells on Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:46 am

Kinda like Gnome 3?
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Post  jonathan on Fri Jun 03, 2011 12:42 pm

Except the default interface is really only good for tablets.

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Post  kaddy on Sat Jun 04, 2011 4:21 am

yeah saw this yesterday... Looks pretty nice.... but meh.. it's Windows...
I'll be going for a Android Honeycomb Tablet Wink
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Re: Windows 8, a first look.

Post  eldersnake on Sat Jun 04, 2011 6:51 am

I'm tipping it'll run a whole lot more clunky on the average users machines and be more cumbersome than anything. and being Windows and locked down code it's not like you have a whole lot of choice compared to Linux, though no doubt it must have some sort of classic interface (well Windows 7 interface with a tablet like shell tacked onto it is what it looks like actually).
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Post  waynefoutz on Sat Jun 04, 2011 8:00 pm

It's going to be an interesting year or two in the tablet market. I'm wondering if they will separate the touch interface from the desktop GUI for tablets. Windows 7 has footprint of what, 14-15 gigs? The Android Froyo on my phone weighs in at 275 megabytes. As nice as Windows 8 looks, you'd have to have a tablet with a sizable solid state drive to be very usable. And as far as touch screens on desktop computers, I don't understand that concept at all, holding your hand out pointing at the screen 8 hours a day would get pretty tiresome.

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Re: Windows 8, a first look.

Post  eldersnake on Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:54 am

waynefoutz wrote:And as far as touch screens on desktop computers, I don't understand that concept at all, holding your hand out pointing at the screen 8 hours a day would get pretty tiresome.


I don't think my wrists and shoulders could stand it, I need to support them a bit even just using a normal desktop computer. In any case, it certainly does not have the power user in mind.
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Post  DoomsdayGod on Sun Jun 05, 2011 6:36 am

You'll still be able to use a keyboard and mouse for the desktop version. I'm still skeptical on it hopefully they have a public beta to play around with. Seems like it would get annoying using tiles instead of a taskbar for easy switching between programs.

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Post  kaddy on Sun Jun 05, 2011 6:39 am

looks interesting and modern..... fortunately you will be able to choose between windows 7 gui and the new interface.
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Post  DoomsdayGod on Sun Jun 05, 2011 2:24 pm

kaddy wrote:looks interesting and modern..... fortunately you will be able to choose between windows 7 gui and the new interface.

Yeah I seen the Aero UI along with the Metro tiles but as far as I can tell the Win 7 Aero desktop is only for legacy programs. Looks like Windows 8 programs will be forced to use tiles. In the video it showed a tile/widget smashed next to Office running in Aero. Looks like a hodge podge of interfaces. The titles run on HTML 5 and Javascript. I wonder how long it will take before someone starts writing Javascript exploits : \ remember when Windows 98 had HTML built in? Looks like they are resurrecting that again.

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Re: Windows 8, a first look.

Post  eldersnake on Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:33 pm

As polished as the likes of Windows 7 and etc was, I just get the feeling with Microsoft that for a huge company with so much money, they just follow the trends these days and this new interface will indeed be a real hodgepodge sort of deal. It looks pretty and smooth in a lot of ways but it just doesn't seem right. They don't seem like a real innovative lot these days (Aero Snap and Super bar aside I guess).
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