The time is coming where the future of Windows, the future of Microsoft is at hand. Hooray Consumer Preview!
But I want to take some time to reflect on this wholly radical change to Windows since DOS to GUI, from Windows 3 to 95.I have to say that I've been using some a couple of programs that already have the metro design scheme going, like the Zune software. That impressed me in how it's so simple, but so vibrant and modern.
I remember a couple Decembers ago, I was staring at my pretty Windows 7 and looking at the start menu and I wondered, "How can Microsoft top this? How can they make this better that is something worth the upgrade?" The answer of course, Windows 8 and Start Screen. I was impressed by it, it was different, it was new, it was fresh. I'll say I am an adamant defender of metro design and the Start Screen. I still don't fully get some peoples' criticisms of it...
As much as this is a huge change to Windows, I haven't felt like I've been overwhelmed, but that might just be me. Even the fact the Start flag has been replaced by a logo that truly represents Windows, a window, I actually have come to like it. It makes sense, it's what Windows is, a windowing and now a tiling operating system. But I don't know what to do with my Logitech solar powered wireless keyboard that has the old Start flag.
Windows 8 to me is the Start of something great in computing technology and how people use such. It's going to expand further mobile, not just to laptops that made out desktops portable, but to touch screen tablets. It's going to bring new input modes, like touch and gesture while keeping keyboards and mice. It's Windows, but reimagined, rebuilt, and ready to make ipads look even more what they are: itouchs for old people.
Having said that, I'm excited. I cannot wait to see what lies ahead in the Consumer Preview build. From what I hear, almost 40 percent of the code has been changed since the DP build, WOW! Hopefully the Desktop View has been improved and made more of Windows 8 and not so much 7, but I don't know though, I haven't seen or heard such to suggest that. I'm also excited to see what metro styled apps have been developed. I'm excited to see if I can use a 75 gig SkyDrive soon, or at least set up my puter to be my personal SkyDrive.
Gosh, it feels like New Year's Eve, WE SO EXCITED!! LOUD NOISES!!! BAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!