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Paul's take on Windows 8

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    Paul's take on Windows 8


    The official release of Windows 8 is fast approaching, and for a few months now I've been using a release preview version of Windows 8. Windows 8 represents a significant evolutionary milestone in Windows development, principally to expand support to tablet devices and to provide a more unified user experience across all of Microsoft's offerings: PC, tablet, and smart phone. To get a proper feel for Windows 8, I've been using it on a traditional desktop PC as well as a tablet – the Samsung 700T.

    The new tablet features in Windows 8 are particularly bold and innovative. A few minor issues aside, I'm impressed with its clever integration of a bimodal interface to simultaneously support both desktop and tablet use in the same operating system. I found the gesture navigation on the tablet to be quite satisfying and responsive. And in general, I find Windows 8 to be snappier and more responsive than Windows 7.

    I did encounter some puzzling aspects of Windows 8. The bimodal user experience can introduce confusion, especially when two versions of the same application – such as Internet Explorer – can be opened and run simultaneously. Files can also be opened in either of the two available modes. For example, after opening a PDF attachment in Outlook from the desktop, Windows opens the file in Microsoft Reader, an application more suited for use on a tablet, rather than the desktop Acrobat Reader. A manual switch is then required to return to desktop mode. Thankfully, you can alleviate these switching problems by changing file and program associations in Windows, as I will explain later.

    In summary, I'm excited about Windows 8 and am confident that existing Windows users will feel the same after they have had a chance to use it. Below are a few additional thoughts on the new operating system. I used green text to indicate tips from my own experience that you might find particularly useful.
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    A Guy

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    Aye, that's the rub. Bimodality is a problem, especially to people who do not grasp the idea of "extension associations" (or even extensions at all). It didn't matter in 7 because you had to know the filesystem basics. Here, W8 gives you the impression that everything can be done smoothly and easily without any technical knowledge, but it's just an illusion, at least on desktop.

    I am curious how W8 works on a tablet, I haven't used one yet.
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    Adelaide
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    This thread should probably be merged with the "Paul Allen's take on WIndows 8" thread.
    https://www.eightforums.com/general-d...ndows-8-a.html
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    Darn, I looked through news to see if it had been posted

    A Guy
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    Adelaide
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)


    It's not like I haven't done the same thing.
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