Well, finally installed Win 8 dev. I tried to install the 64-bit, but it stopped uncompressing at 98 or 99% - several tries. Of course the iso might have been corrupt. I checked online forums and saw others had mentioned this problem. So I humbly installed the 32-bit OS. Worked first time. Oh, using Virtualbox. The tiles take a little getting used to. It was a little startling, seeing the desktop overlaid with metro. I kept wanting to click on the "Start" on the screen, but of course nothing happened. It looked like it was geared for social media, which is fine except I'm looking at it from an academic standpoint. Of course now I have to look at the customization features, which will make it more palatable for me. So if I installed a suite of applications, would they all reside as tiles? And would I have folder on top for these files, similar to Android and IOS? Is MS moving in the direction of touch screens? It just has that look to it. I like the idea of cloud computing, as we need to be able to access data from multiple locations.
Where do I launch Start to get to a command prompt? Or was the Start on the screen the location, but just not working on my pc?
Does anyone have suggestions for a good online introduction to Win 8?