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Windows 8 Nears the Finish Line: What's Good, What's Bad

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    Windows 8 Nears the Finish Line: What's Good, What's Bad


    The Windows 8 Release Preview arrived ahead of schedule, and I've spent the past week pounding on it. For those of you accustomed to the earlier Consumer Preview, many of the changes hardly rate a yawn. But some show that Microsoft's not down for the count just yet.

    The most distressing point? We won't see another snapshot until Microsoft crosses its self-imposed finish line. Past versions of Windows have strewn the battlefield with successive release candidates. With Windows 8, you can kick the tires with this version, but you'll have to hold your breath and see what the final quantum jump will bring. Most assuredly this Release Preview is not a release candidate.

    In this look at Windows 8 Release Preview, I won't go over all the baggage that's been debated before -- no, the Start button isn't there; yes, you have to get used to those Metro tiles; no, the interface isn't easy to learn; yes, the Metro to Desktop jumps will knock the eyeballs out of your sockets; no, people with PCs who have to get "real work" done won't like it; yes, on a touch device some of it actually grows on you. Instead, I'll focus on the improvements, quirks, and shortcomings of this last look before gold code.
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    Windows 8 Nears the Finish Line: What's Good, What's Bad | PCWorld

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    They say that aero glass will dissapear, but let's hope we still get a choice for colors. A full white window border is not that pretty for all of us:
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    Picture is also from the source: pc world: Windows 8 Nears the Finish Line: What's Good, What's Bad | PCWorld
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    If that article is correct - transparency will be retained for the taskbar.

    That makes it more likely a 3rd party app. can resuscitate it elsewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    That makes it more likely a 3rd party app. can resuscitate it elsewhere.
    Can't stand using third party apps for things like this, even on my phone where the OS resources are much smaller. For example, I need a 3rd party app to turn off the start-up sound. I'm not a programmer but I'm willing to bet it takes more to create that start-up sound than to turn it off. Regardless, I have to fill up my app drawer with a icon that turns off my start-up sound. Not a fan of a gazillion icons, this is just dumb. And this is how MS wants 8 to be?
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    According to that article rumors are saying that they are trying to remove the start button completely and make it hard for third parties to bring it back. Hopefully, that is actually a rumor. If not I hope they have a good replacement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    They say that aero glass will dissapear, but let's hope we still get a choice for colors. A full white window border is not that pretty for all of us:
    Click image for larger version
    Picture is also from the source: pc world: Windows 8 Nears the Finish Line: What's Good, What's Bad | PCWorld
    I want to see them get rid of the actual window control buttons in deference for simple icons. An X for the close, a simple rectangle or a square, and a simple dash to minimize or maybe, even a full screen icon. The buttons look awful.

    I'm disappointed with the nav bar, it takes too much space and parts are superfluous, like the up button. Why?! Some things like search and the breadcrumb bar could be consolidated, shifted to the right of the tabs on the Ribbon. The File menu with its few useful things can be consolidated into Home and View tabs, leaving space for a large back button and a small forward button, like in IE 9/10, so everything matches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    If that article is correct - transparency will be retained for the taskbar.
    Ugh. That's the one place where I don't want transparency. If I have a white window (like Notepad, or Explorer) and stick it under the taskbar, the white text on the taskbar buttons becomes unreadable.
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    Those screenshots look absolutely ghastly.

    Flat, plain, dull, boring.

    Hope there'll be a 3rd-party app to put Aero back.
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    Yes aero will be a loss.

    Pointless removing it - you can just turn it off if you think it helps battery life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I want to see them get rid of the actual window control buttons in deference for simple icons. An X for the close, a simple rectangle or a square, and a simple dash to minimize or maybe, even a full screen icon. The buttons look awful.
    What?

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I'm disappointed with the nav bar, it takes too much space and parts are superfluous, like the up button. Why?! Some things like search and the breadcrumb bar could be consolidated, shifted to the right of the tabs on the Ribbon.
    The Breadcrumb Bar would be useless if it was smaller.
    Some people like to know where they are, when they are traversing the directory structure.
    The Up button is always in the same place.

    BTW, does anyone know if MS has fixed the Windows Explorer Navigation pane scrolling bug (err ... sorry feature)?
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