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Windows 8 Brings a Fresh Look to an Old OS

  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
    Finally, MS has a history of "every other" OS being a hit or flop. Win98SE was OK, Win ME was not, Win XP was a hit, Vista not, Win 7 was a hit. Win 8.....
    That is simply not true. While there have been a few "stinkers" like ME, in general most of their OS's have been good releases for the time and circumstances. Windows 95 was what was needed to get people off of 16 bit windows and on to 32 bit Windows. 98 began the merge of device drivers from the old dos and vxd model to the NT model. ME was never supposed to exist, and was a stopgap release because XP wasn't finished yet.

    XP (the RTM release) was good in many ways, but was still the "old" security mindframe. XP SP2 was almost a completely new OS with the same branding as XP. Vista had issues at first, but these were resolved by SP1. 7 also had issues at first, and those were largely resolved by SP1 as well, though SP1 was far too long in coming.

    This is one of those myths that will simply never die. I say it's a myth because the reality is much more complex, and the reality is that bad releases happened for various reasons and was not an "every other" release kind of thing.

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  2. #12


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    Windows 8.1


    I think Windows 8 does have potential, but it's potential would no longer be considered a Windows OS.
    With Metro they are abstracting access to the OS so much that I believe they could port the APIs to a completely different OS (Like Linux or QNX) and the apps wouldn't notice any difference.
    I believe that 8's evolution will be to replace the NT kernel with the microkernel they're working on.

    No matter what, the next OS to come out of Microsoft will be less recognizable.
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  3. #13


    I actually liked Windows ME. Anyway, i have dual booted Win 8 on my main PC now, and after a couple of hours using it, i downloaded stuff, then realised i need a new hard drive as i have filled up 24gb already, and hardly done anything on it.I use Start bar every day as i hate clutter on the desktop screen on Win7.I think that is why i have a hard time using Metro.As too it dying, it is very unlikely, and hopefully the next update will be an improvement.
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  4. #14


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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by symbiont View Post
    Attachment 12751

    Yes, this is so unbelievably fresh looking. I think I've died and gone to OS heaven. /sarcasm
    don't even use it like that ,maybe once or twice a month , i have all the icons i need on the lower tool bar or on my desktop .
    if that looks is going to make it fail doesn't say much for the people who use computers !
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  5. #15


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by fireberd View Post

    Finally, MS has a history of "every other" OS being a hit or flop. Win98SE was OK, Win ME was not, Win XP was a hit, Vista not, Win 7 was a hit. Win 8.....
    Oh boy, I need to find a post I posted a while ago of someone saying this EXACT same thing. I disagree vehemently.
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  6. #16


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I don't get the comments of Windows 8 not being intuitive or well thought out for mouse users. Point and click. Click and drag. Scroll. Is this Windows 7 I'm speaking of? Nope, Windows 8.

    Even then, in the enterprise, rid the Start Screen of the apps, change a couple Group Policy settings to prevent Windows Store access, pin Desktop apps and locations and default IE to the Desktop; you have a king sized visual start menu.
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