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Thoughts on the Consumer Preview?

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    Thoughts on the Consumer Preview?


    So, I installed the CP on the first of this month, and I must say, WOW! Speechless! It's like, ZOOM! It's stupid fast! Most of the time, it honestly feels like I'm using Windows 7 on a Solid State Drive, it's impressive. Resuming from hibernate is crazy fast, the cold boot time is faster since there are actually few services that automatically start up compared to 7. Shut down is still fast as usual. Some of the metro drop down menus aren't giant anymore. There is an actual way to switch and close metro apps as well.

    But I do have grievances though. I was concerned with this when I saw the leaked screenshots of the 8200 build, it seems like the Desktop and Start Screen are segregated. We have to use the touch version of the Charms bar compared to the Developer Preview's Desktop Charms bar. It seems awkward on the Desktop to bring up the Charms. By default, Aero Peek is disable because if it is enabled, you might hide the Charms if you don't bring the pointer up.

    I'm not really having a fancy for the black background when you do hover over a Charm. I think it would be a little more cleaner if it were just the icons in white, or maybe whatever color your Start Screen is. And, I want to be able to use the new Start logo, I want go the bottom left and hover over the new Start window.

    Seeing how the Developer Preview was for developers to be able to build metro apps, and seeing as how the Consumer Preview will allow for a larger audience to use the metro Start Screen and its improved navigation, I bet there might be next release before the Release Candidate, maybe a General Preview or Consumer Preview 2. I say this because the Desktop has NOT changed whatsoever. It's still Windows 7 with metro meshed on top of it. Some leaked screenshots might show some new iconography, and Windows Server 8 has a revamped UI of the Desktop, so we'll see. I just want to see metro design from top to bottom, from Desktop to Start Screen. That is all.

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    I also don't like the scroll bars, it's too....old looking. The scroll bars in the Zune Software are much more modern and cleaner looking than in 8.

    And the metro UI in Windows 8 isn't doing a great job reflecting the metro design of Windows Phone 7, it's not based on typography. EVERY, bit of text from Start Screen has a box around it when you click it. In Windows Phone, you just tap the text and sometimes it has a slightly hinged metro animation to it to show that's what you tapped on. The PC Settings app kind of has that, but the rest is still based on simple colored boxes to show a click action. I'd rather see those animation from Windows Phone to be like that in 8. Just make the text animate a little, and have the text color change as well to show a click action, it'll look nicer in my opinion as a doctor.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there Coke robot

    You do HAVE to keep some things however -- remember this will be used as a DESKTOP OS as well as tablet / phone etc type of OS.

    This means that people will still have need to some "Old fashioned stuff" like Cut / Past/move / copy /delete etc with files and apps.
    You can't run a workstation OS as if it's 100% like a mobile phone so some things have to stay the same.

    Try running Photoshop CS5.5 from a mobile phone with no menus to speak of !!!!

    It's a step in the right direction -- once people get used to the navigation its OK -- you don't find many Linux or Apple users complaining about navigation.

    I must confess though I don't really like the instability of Android so if W8 can penetrate that market --great stuff.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    It's a step in the right direction -- once people get used to the navigation its OK -- you don't find many Linux or Apple users complaining about navigation.
    Well said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there Coke robot

    You do HAVE to keep some things however -- remember this will be used as a DESKTOP OS as well as tablet / phone etc type of OS.

    This means that people will still have need to some "Old fashioned stuff" like Cut / Past/move / copy /delete etc with files and apps.
    You can't run a workstation OS as if it's 100% like a mobile phone so some things have to stay the same.

    Try running Photoshop CS5.5 from a mobile phone with no menus to speak of !!!!

    It's a step in the right direction -- once people get used to the navigation its OK -- you don't find many Linux or Apple users complaining about navigation.

    I must confess though I don't really like the instability of Android so if W8 can penetrate that market --great stuff.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    True, but I'm speaking more of the design than navigation. As of now, Windows 8 is a new interface meshed with an older one. I'd like to see that older aspect to look, well, newer, metro like with metro theme icons and animations and behaviors and not the older Aero design that was based off vista.
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    It's buggy
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    Quote Originally Posted by SmartEyeball View Post
    It's buggy
    Dont be sad. We will still have at least 2 betas and RCs
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    @smarteyeball, this is a preview, its bound to have a few bugs, thats why MS puts it out for testing,we're the guinea pigs.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there
    I'm quite glad in this case to do some "Unpaid" work for Microsoft.
    Imagine trying to test out all possible scenarios in a development environment.

    Ist it would be totally impossible
    2nd you'd miss loads of errors.

    If it is as least as good as the developer preview I'll be more than satisfied.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    I'm quite glad in this case to do some "Unpaid" work for Microsoft.
    Imagine trying to test out all possible scenarios in a development environment.

    Ist it would be totally impossible
    2nd you'd miss loads of errors.

    If it is as least as good as the developer preview I'll be more than satisfied.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Me too.

    It's far better than WDP

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