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    Previewing ‘Windows 8’


    REDMOND, Wash. – June 1, 2011 – Today, at the D9 Conference, we demonstrated the next generation of Windows, internally code-named “Windows 8,” for the first time. Windows 8 is a reimagining of Windows, from the chip to the interface. A Windows 8-based PC is really a new kind of device, one that scales from touch-only small screens through to large screens, with or without a keyboard and mouse.

    The demo showed some of the ways we’ve reimagined the interface for a new generation of touch-centric hardware. Fast, fluid and dynamic, the experience has been transformed while keeping the power, flexibility and connectivity of Windows intact.

    Here are a few aspects of the new interface we showed today:

    •Fast launching of apps from a tile-based Start screen, which replaces the Windows Start menu with a customizable, scalable full-screen view of apps.
    •Live tiles with notifications, showing always up-to-date information from your apps.
    •Fluid, natural switching between running apps.
    •Convenient ability to snap and resize an app to the side of the screen, so you can really multitask using the capabilities of Windows.
    •Web-connected and Web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript that have access to the full power of the PC.
    •Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10.

    We also showed effortless movement between existing Windows programs and new Windows 8 apps. The full capabilities of Windows continue to be available to you, including the Windows Explorer and Desktop, as does compatibility with all Windows 7 logo PCs, software and peripherals.
    more at: Microsoft News Center

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    I sure hope that every Windows 8 application will be able to run in the Windows 7-style UI. If not, I envision a lot of power users being drawn to Linux. What does everyone else think?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BriceH View Post
    I sure hope that every Windows 8 application will be able to run in the Windows 7-style UI. If not, I envision a lot of power users being drawn to Linux. What does everyone else think?
    Err, I just think people will just stay on Windows 7.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Everlong View Post
    Err, I just think people will just stay on Windows 7.
    You're probably right. I have a feeling that I will always dual-boot Windows 7 and 8. I just wonder what will happen if programs start to be written to require certain Windows 8 features.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BriceH View Post
    You're probably right. I have a feeling that I will always dual-boot Windows 7 and 8. I just wonder what will happen if programs start to be written to require certain Windows 8 features.
    I wonder what features windows 7 will have that windows 8 won't. Otherwise I don't see a need to dual-boot...:smug:
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    If history is any teacher, I install Win 8 and not look back. Bring on the beta.
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    I'm not buying the tile thingy...
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    Windows 8 is a reimagining of Windows
    *shudder*

    The word reimagining scares me. Not a lot of good has come from this word...

    Quote Originally Posted by Lebon14 View Post
    I'm not buying the tile thingy...
    After trying out Unity and Gnome 3, I'm a little wary myself.

    This big push for touch orientated GUIs is fine if you are using a touch capable device, but so far it's not so great for desktops.
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    I agree and also think that the smug marginalizing of Microsoft as an "enterprise company" by Google's Eric Schmidt ignores the fact that Windows is the dominant interface to computer technology on the planet by a wide margin. I, personally, am more productive in Windows as opposed to the glam of MacOS or the geek of Gnome. I do have a soft spot for K for the ambitious ideas and many of the ridiculously talented developers but it's only a second choice. If this were Nirvana we'd have the Amiga developers back from the dead for another round.
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    And for those of us who tried using a Windows phone, and gave it up because touch-screen is no fun if you suffer from peripheral neuropathy in your fingers, Windows 8 tiles don't sound at all appealing...
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