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Microsoft Launches Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Unknown Lamer posted more than 2 years ago | from the no-more-windows-in-windows dept.

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suraj.sun writes "Microsoft on Wednesday made the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 available for download to the general public. Built with touch computing and apps in mind, Windows 8 is crucial to Microsoft's efforts to make inroads against Apple and Google in the red-hot tablet market, where the company is significantly behind rivals. Windows 8 marks the biggest change to the OS since the aforementioned 95 flavor (which, shockingly, turns 17 this year). With Windows 8 comes the introduction of a Metro-style interface, inspired by the lovely and intuitive presentation found in Windows Phone. In it, apps and functions are pinned to tiles and, to interact with those apps, you simply tap those tiles. The former Start Menu has been replaced by a full-screen view of tiles that you can scroll through horizontally. You can pin applications, shortcuts, documents, webpages and any number of other things, customizing the interface in any way you like — so long as what you like is rectangular and only extends from left to right." MrSeb wrote on with info on generating a USB stick installer from the available images, and itwebennet with details about IE10.

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Lovely and Intuitive? (5, Insightful)

sconeu (64226) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200207)

I had the Win8 Developer Preview, and I *HATED* the Metro Interface. IMHO it was ugly and a PITA to use. It does not scale well to a standard WIMP interface.

Maybe for a tablet, it's OK.

Re:Lovely and Intuitive? (4, Insightful)

ByOhTek (1181381) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200273)

I can see it being "OK" for a tablet, like it is "OK" for a phone (not great, and I'd struggle to call it "good"). However, for a non-touch screen, or a screen that is large enough to hold a decent amount of text, this interface is a horrible, inefficient waste of space.

Re:Lovely and Intuitive? (5, Insightful)

Samalie (1016193) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200323)

Agreed entirely. There is absolutley no fucking way my owners will want this at all in our office environment.

Complete and utter shit. Vista 2.0

Re:Lovely and Intuitive? (1)

tokul (682258) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200555)

Vista 2.0

Your versioning system is a bit off. Vista 2.0 was released in 2009.

Re:Lovely and Intuitive? (3, Insightful)

Riceballsan (816702) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200817)

You are quite right, Vista really is windows 7 pre-alpha that was released to the public due to massive overshooting of the balmer peak http://xkcd.com/323/ [xkcd.com] and then continous attempts to fix it before the damage was severe and they had to actually just finish the product and release it.

Re:Lovely and Intuitive? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39200835)

And Win 7 is Vista 2.0.

Re:Lovely and Intuitive? (1, Insightful)

jittles (1613415) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200849)

Well, no. That was more like Vista 1.5, if you're referring to Windows 7. It made Vista useable. In fact, I think windows 7 has great performance. I run some micro ATI boards that perform better w/ Win 7 and an SSD than they do with XP and an SSD. But Vista was bad, just as Windows 8 will be.

Re:Lovely and Intuitive? (3, Informative)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200549)

They're dreaming if they think it's anything other than a tablet OS.

I don't think I have the upper body strength to use it on a monitor for more than half an hour.

Re:Lovely and Intuitive? (2, Insightful)

not already in use (972294) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200715)

Typical of slashdot, people are either ignorant to the fact, or ignore the fact, that the desktop interface still exists, and that metro is not intended to be used in a desktop environment.

Re:Lovely and Intuitive? (5, Informative)

chucklebutte (921447) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200807)

Metro UI is default in dev preview, and pretty sure it will be in final retail. Your desktop is still there yes, its just a tile now, that you have to press, and wait for your desktop to load, which makes a lot of sense. Who wants to start up their PC and use it to actually work?

Re:Lovely and Intuitive? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39200851)

Typical of slashdot, people are either ignorant to the fact, or ignore the fact, that the desktop interface still exists, and that metro is not intended to be used in a desktop environment.

Yeah, we just got confused by the fact that when you install it on a desktop, you get the metro interface and there's no way to permanently turn it off (not even the registry hack from the dev preview works now). Had we known that, as you point out, this was not INTENDED behavior, and that it therefore must be entirely ACCIDENTAL, we would not be complaining at all!

Re:Lovely and Intuitive? (1)

CSHARP123 (904951) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200725)

I am not sure what you mean by decent amount of text. If you meant, dos prompt you don't need a 24" monitor either. They demoed the thing on a 80" touchscreen. Engadget has photo of it. Also in the consumer preview they have added more keyboard shortcuts. According to some who has tested the consumer preview, Windows 8 has more keyboard shortcuts than previous versions of Windows. From what I see, they removed the start menu and made a huge set of tiles that launches the application.

Re:Lovely and Intuitive? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39200733)

It fails in another *big* way. What happens if you have 200 applications installed? Heck even say 50. scroll... scroll... and so on. There will be lots of scrolling instead of picking the program I want to run from a list.

Re:Lovely and Intuitive? (1)

jythie (914043) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200755)

'inefficient waste of space' is probably part of the point. Just like other displays of status and wealth, people like showing off that they have the space TO waste.

Re:Lovely and Intuitive? (1)

T.E.D. (34228) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200797)

Self proclaimed typo king, and inventor of the bear destroying coffee table (patent not pending).

That must be one really tough coffee table.

Re:Lovely and Intuitive? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39200315)

The metro UI is good for a phone, a tablet, and perhaps even a kinect enabled TV. On computer however, I suppose the more traditional UI (that's still there) is far better..

Re:Lovely and Intuitive? (5, Insightful)

w.hamra1987 (1193987) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200459)

Well, as a computer technician, i loved the few years of Vista. I had so many customers buying new laptops, and asking me to downgrade them... Those were the good time, cash pouring in all the time.

Then came 7, it was good, no one wanting a downgrade, but certainly lots of people needing help to upgrade. Maintenance-wise, 7 didn’t prove to be a challenge, and fixing its problems is usually simpler, especially with the addition of repairing tools to the boot partition.

I guess now with windows 8, we'll go back to the downgrade frenzy phase... I look very forward to it.. and even more hopefully, Microsoft will again, as with Vista, learn the errs of their ways, and produce a good windows 9.

whatever the result... I’m happy with my Linux and KDE here... windows is nothing but a huge job opportunity to me :)

Re:Lovely and Intuitive? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39200605)

Well, as a computer technician, i loved the few years of Vista. I had so many customers buying new laptops, and asking me to upgrade them to XP...

FTFY

Re:Lovely and Intuitive? (1)

Cinder6 (894572) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200571)

I think, for certain people it will be nice. Looking at screenshots and videos of it at work, I think my mom would have an easier time with it than with Win7.

For other users, it looks like a disaster. As many have said, it might be a nice tablet OS (hell, I may actually get a Win8 tablet at some point, though I'm a bit skeptical), but mouse interactions on the thing look awful. Maybe if I had a Cintiq...

Re:Lovely and Intuitive? (1)

FishOuttaWater (1163787) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200685)

I think your sarcasm threshold needs adjustment. ...there. Do you get it now?

full screen start menu nice on small screen not (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39200227)

full screen start menu nice on small screen not so much on a big one / more then 1.

A new kind of copying (0, Troll)

Toe, The (545098) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200263)

Originally Windows shamelessly mimicked the Mac. Now they're making a major overhaul and mimicking iOS. Now that's revolutionary.

(Isn't there a mod +/- insightful-troll?)

Re:A new kind of copying (1)

alen (225700) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200279)

when i first got my iphone in 2009 the first thing i thought was that the GUI looks like Windows 3.1 and the old Mac OS

Re:A new kind of copying (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39200507)

Yeah. that's not exactly a common viewpoint.

Re:A new kind of copying (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39200583)

Right, because when idiots say things over and over those things become true.

Re:A new kind of copying (2)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200661)

Exactly. How else do you think Hitler came to run China?

Re:A new kind of copying (5, Insightful)

sideslash (1865434) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200343)

How are they mimicking iOS? Aside from lots of use of multitouch, I'd describe it as a radically different UI style.

Re:A new kind of copying (4, Insightful)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200403)

From a geek's perspective, ever since iOS came out, OSes have been competing to out-crapify each other.

Re:A new kind of copying (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39200703)

From a stuck in the past dinosaurs perspective, ever since iOS came out, OSes have been competing to out-crapify each other.

FTFY

Re:A new kind of copying (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39200465)

You should do your homework and find out where are the roots of the Metro interface, then you'll see iOS was not even in Jobs' wildest dreams when they started.

Re:A new kind of copying (-1, Troll)

crypticedge (1335931) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200527)

Neither was the first mac when windows 1.0 came out, but that doesn't stop the fanboys from claiming windows stole something. Mac stole the dock from windows 1.0, but once again, windows 7 "copied" it.

Re:A new kind of copying (1)

masternerdguy (2468142) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200671)

The fanboys will claim that the first iPad was on DS9. Don't try to argue with them.

Re:A new kind of copying (0)

dan828 (753380) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200721)

Seems a bit off-- first Mac come out in 1984, windows 1.0 was released in 1985. Anyways, they both shamelessly ripped of Xerox, and of course, the work of Doug Engelbart.

My desktop is not a tablet. (4, Insightful)

Kenja (541830) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200269)

As such I will not buy any computer with Windows 8 on it. Hope Apple realizes this before the next OS X is released, but I doubt it.

Re:My desktop is not a tablet. (1, Informative)

sirber (891722) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200299)

You can disable the Metro interface..

Re:My desktop is not a tablet. (5, Informative)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200379)

No, you can't.
You can launch a desktop tile and bring up a standard desktop UI, but you can not disable metro.
If you have found a way to do so, please let me know, as I've been trying for several weeks now, as it interferes with some of my automated test regressions.
-nB

Re:My desktop is not a tablet. (2, Informative)

Baloroth (2370816) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200483)

"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer" in regedit, set "RPEnabled" to "0". Haven't tried it myself (don't have Win8), but supposedly it completely disables all the Metro and Ribbon stuff in Explorer.

Re:My desktop is not a tablet. (4, Informative)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200615)

Nope, no love on the last developer build.
Maybe on this release, but not on mine :(

Re:My desktop is not a tablet. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39200641)

That worked on the developer preview; doesn't work on the consumer preview. Already tried! :(

Turnabout (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39200727)

"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer" in regedit, set "RPEnabled" to "0". Haven't tried it myself (don't have Win8), but supposedly it completely disables all the Metro and Ribbon stuff in Explorer.

all of this low-level technical registry mumbo-jumbo that Grandma could never handle is why we will never have the Year of the Windows Desktop...

Re:My desktop is not a tablet. (4, Informative)

CSHARP123 (904951) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200801)

According to Zdnet this registy entry do not work in the current version.

Re:My desktop is not a tablet. (2)

MosX (773406) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200399)

You know, I'm not so sure about this. Do you have a source? I know you can go into a 'classic' Windows desktop mode, but from all the videos it looks like it behaves more like an application (meaning certain Metro style 'Windows' or panes or whatever can pop up OVER the Windows desktop mode). People keep saying you can just stay in this classic Windows desktop mode, but I don't know if that's the same thing as disabling the Metro interface.

"Consumer" Preview (5, Insightful)

redneckmother (1664119) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200289)

Does anyone else take exception to the use of the word "consumer" instead of "customer"?

Re:"Consumer" Preview (5, Funny)

sixtyeight (844265) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200329)

Yes. It's somewhere between "helpless end-user" and "grazing cattle".

Re:"Consumer" Preview (1)

masternerdguy (2468142) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200511)

We're here, we're waiting -- The Linux Community.

Re:"Consumer" Preview (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39200761)

>We're here, we're waiting -- The Linux Community.

For the last time, no, thank you. Your software is even uglier and you're all freaks. Maybe we'll consider it if you ever get your act together. -- The Rest Of The World.

Re:"Consumer" Preview (4, Informative)

DogDude (805747) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200355)

No. "Consumer" is used to differentiate between regular people and developers and corporate partners and such. Those developers and businesses are "customers" too, so using the word "customer" for today's release doesn't make any sense.

End User, as in End User License Agreement (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200531)

Then why don't they say "End User Preview"?

Re:End User, as in End User License Agreement (2)

Dog-Cow (21281) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200597)

Because "End User" is just as ambiguous in this context as customer.

Re:"Consumer" Preview (1)

sixtyeight (844265) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200569)

I get your point. I had assumed the question had been asked in a general sense rather than specifically about today's release, but it's open to interpretation.

Re:"Consumer" Preview (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39200357)

Bloody hell yes! I am sick and sick and sick and tired of being reffered to as "consumer"...
Call me a consumer openly, I won't get your product/service.
It is about respect and I think the term "consumer" is disrespectful.

Re:"Consumer" Preview (2)

masternerdguy (2468142) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200543)

Doesn't consumer just mean an entity that consumes?

Re:"Consumer" Preview (2)

sixtyeight (844265) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200675)

Doesn't consumer just mean an entity that consumes?

Increasingly, the term means an entity whose sole defining characteristic is that it just consumes.

It's becoming appropriate for the majority of people. But a lot of this is due to strategic coordinated efforts between corporations and the media - making the term, when used by the mainstream media, doubly offensive. Injury, as well as insult.

Re:"Consumer" Preview (5, Informative)

causality (777677) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200791)

Doesn't consumer just mean an entity that consumes?

No. It comes from the broadcast industry.

Say you run a TV station. You broadcast TV shows plus commercials over the air at no charge. Anyone with the right receiver can watch your content without paying you a cent.

The advertisers who buy commercial time are your customers. They are the ones paying you. If you piss them off, say by airing programs they find distasteful, they will take their business elsewhere and you will lose that revenue.

The viewers who provide eyeballs for the advertisers but pay nothing ... those are the consumers. Compared to your customers, they have little or no power to change your content or make requests. One of them threatening to watch another channel means nothing to you. They only matter in very large groups.

They are not remotely the same thing. A customer can be influential as an individual. Referring to a customer as a "consumer" is an Orwellian Newspeak method of trying to disempower them, to tilt the balance of market power in your own favor without having earned it. It is belittling and degrading and shows a certain contempt that can only come from taking them for granted.

Re:"Consumer" Preview (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39200819)

I *think* he was trying to be sarcastic; the intended meaning being that questioning the use of "consumer" is a strange nit to pick. But, these days people find all kinds of reasons to get upset over something silly, so... *shrug*

Re:"Consumer" Preview (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39200701)

No but that might be because I understand English unlike you.

Re:"Consumer" Preview (1)

Livius (318358) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200795)

"Customer" implies a voluntary relationship whereas "consumer" is anyone using the product or service, voluntarily or otherwise.

But I'm sure it's not that....

Ooo, look! (4, Funny)

msobkow (48369) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200305)

We called iconic borderless buttons "tiles"!

Aren't we cool and relevant and creative and all that shit?

Re:Ooo, look! (4, Insightful)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200409)

We called iconic borderless buttons "tiles"!

Yeah, it looks just like my Xbox -- when they updated it and added ads to it. I don't want ads in my fucking Xbox screen, why did they feel compelled to "monetize" my game console? They already got paid for it.

Greedy bastards.

Because you haven't bought enough blades (2)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200557)

why did they feel compelled to "monetize" my game console? They already got paid for it.

Because Microsoft didn't yet get paid for games that you haven't yet bought for it. In video game consoles, there's a concept called "attach rate" of how many licensed games and licensed accessories are bought for each console.

Re:Because you haven't bought enough blades (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200747)

Because Microsoft didn't yet get paid for games that you haven't yet bought for it. In video game consoles, there's a concept called "attach rate" of how many licensed games and licensed accessories are bought for each console.

Yeah, well, adding ads to that screen almost gave them the option to learn about the detach rate. As in I sign out of XBox Live, disconnect my Xbox from the internet, and use it as purely an offline console. It's not like I play online, so it's not going to hurt me.

I think the only thing I'd lose is the live weather in Tiger Woods. And, really, I don't care much about that.

Seriously, don't put fucking ads in the middle of my screen unless you're offering me some compensation. I paid for the device, I pay for the internet connection, why should you expect ad revenue?

Possibly too little, too late ... (5, Insightful)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200307)

My organization is in the middle of deploying Windows 7 to replace XP desktops.

Given the costs and time of doing this, it will likely be several years before this gets replaced.

I wonder if other organizations are only just getting to Win 7, if Win 8 might become one of those releases that everyone bypasses since they just finished upgrading. That would likely hurt MIcrosoft.

Anybody got any screenshots for the new interface? I'm curious to know how trying to make something optimized for phones and tablets is going to work as an actual desktop interface. It sounds like they might be trying a bit of a "one size fits all" approach, which doesn't always work so well.

Re:Possibly too little, too late ... (0)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200401)

No screenshots from me (would violate NDA), but there is a tile you can launch that brings up the classic desktop.
So your average user experience will be boot to metro, click this tile, now start working.
-nB

Re:Possibly too little, too late ... (2)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200479)

No screenshots from me (would violate NDA), but there is a tile you can launch that brings up the classic desktop.
So your average user experience will be boot to metro, click this tile, now start working.

Please tell me that you can turn that on once and leave it? Or do you have to turn off the stupid every time?

As bizarre as it may sound, I'll likely stick with my Vista for now. Apparently I'm one of the few people who has really had a good experience with Vista.

Re:Possibly too little, too late ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39200551)

I'm one of the few who had a good experience with ME, so I don't doubt it's possible!

Re:Possibly too little, too late ... (1)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200553)

As far as I've found, it's every time, but in this comment: http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2700079&cid=39200483 [slashdot.org] someone posed an unverified reg key that will disable it. Here's to hoping...

Re:Possibly too little, too late ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39200623)

But but but the LCARS....its in ur windowz!!!!! We livin in teh futuh!

Re:Possibly too little, too late ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39200473)

Allow me to link TFA to you again. For future reference, it's at the top of the page. http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/29/microsoft-windows-8-consumer-preview-detailed-impressions/ [engadget.com]

Re:Possibly too little, too late ... (2)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200651)

Allow me to link TFA to you again.

Yeah, saw those.

Half of the pictures are of a monitor so small I assume it's a tablet hooked up to a keyboard (the screen is *smaller* than the keyboard. The other half have no surrounding context and look like they're on a tablet. One of them is a picture of a web browser with a picture of a screenshot -- that looks like it's a picture of a tablet.

Seriously, if they're giving me this Romper Room GUI they deployed onto my Xbox lately, I'll be underwhelmed. I'm just having a hard time visualizing this as an actual desktop UI people would use.

The idea of turning my 23" monitor into something with big giant lego color buttons just seems kind of lame.

Re:Possibly too little, too late ... (1)

GeckoAddict (1154537) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200521)

I wonder if other organizations are only just getting to Win 7, if Win 8 might become one of those releases that everyone bypasses since they just finished upgrading. That would likely hurt MIcrosoft.

I would expect most organizations (especially large ones) to skip it, just like they skipped Windows ME and Vista... but I don't think that really hurt MS too badly. If there's one thing MS is good it, it's solidifying version 2.

Re:Possibly too little, too late ... (3, Interesting)

dan828 (753380) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200803)

Perhaps MS realizes this and figures they've got a good 9 more years to experiment before they need to make a solid desktop OS that'll be adopted by their enterprise customers? I mean, Windows 7 looks like it's going to have all of the staying power that XP did. Perhaps they're thinking they can do some radical experimenting and still maintain their user base with windows 7.

Might work as a tablet OS... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39200317)

Might work as a tablet OS... don't see it being any good for a laptop or desktop.

You don't design a refrigerator and then decide it would also be good as a stove.

Re:Might work as a tablet OS... (1)

Spiked_Three (626260) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200625)

hint hint; desktop PCs are dead - MS is getting out of that business, and in a way that tries and convinces current customers not to run to apple. But anyone with any common sense can see that the consumer explosion that made MS billions has shifted away from PCs. Sure they will be around a while, but they are not the money makers they once were (or soon will not be at a minimum). Let linux and apple have the small market that will remain. Get the TV set top market - ie XBOX - be on every TV sold. They are late to the game on tablets, but the TV set top is wide open and is the next money maker. Windows 8 is headed for XBOX.

Re:Might work as a tablet OS... (1)

x1r8a3k (1170111) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200833)

Desktops may be on the decline for home users, but what about the millions of business computers?

Tablets are good for browsing the internet, some email, and the occasional video. Do they really expect people to type all day on one though?

Suspicious.. (1)

iONiUM (530420) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200335)

I think they ripped off Star Trek..

Windows 8 [staticworld.net]

vs

The future [geekworldordersite.com]

Re:Suspicious.. (3, Funny)

masternerdguy (2468142) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200711)

And it's a bad interface in both cases. I love Star Trek but the Federation's UI designers should be shot with a phaser on maximum, and everything they ever touched sanitized. Colored tiles are a really bad interface model.

Re:Suspicious.. (1)

dan828 (753380) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200857)

Or perhaps the set designers for Star Trek consulted some UI people about what UIs would look like in the future? And perhaps the people at MS study some of those same ideas when they were in school?

Disable metro? (1)

DrRobert (179090) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200373)

Will it be possible to disable all the retarded metro stuff and just get work done or will you constantly be fighting around it? I want a single preference that would turn it off.

Re:Disable metro? (1)

CSHARP123 (904951) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200381)

Then use Windows 7. Why do you want to upgrade if you want to turn off the metro interface

Re:Disable metro? (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200575)

Then use Windows 7.

How so after your current Windows 7 PC breaks and Windows 8 starts coming preinstalled on all new x86 laptops that don't bear an Apple logo?

Re:Disable metro? (1)

CSMoran (1577071) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200655)

To get the subset of new features of Windows 8 which does not include the metro interface?

Re:Disable metro? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39200437)

Will it be possible to disable all the retarded metro stuff and just get work done or will you constantly be fighting around it? I want a single preference that would turn it off.
 
Win7 mode? XP mode?

Microsofts going out of business sale (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39200397)

The customer is always wrong. Only the technology company knows what the customer wants. Remember this Microsoft. When Win 8 flops and you go out of business and the remaining parts of you are cut up and sold off to Oracle and Apple for pennys on the dollar.

But is it art? (3, Funny)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200429)

Huh. So Microsoft hired the ghost of Piet Mondrain as their lead designer?

It looks... really... straight and... yeah. It sure is a thing.

(sudden panicked thought) They still have the Ribbon, right? How will I live without the concentrated awesome of Teh Ribbon?!

Re:But is it art? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39200545)

If you're such a l337 power user, why are you concerned with Teh Ribbon? Aren't shortcut keys sufficient?

Regardless, actually using the ribbon for any period of time will result in the realization that it's actually an improvement. But instead, lets just make fun of the screenshots you've seen in slashdot summaries and act like you know something about Windows UX.

Re:But is it art? (3, Funny)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200799)

Aw. Someone needs a hug.

Re:But is it art? (1)

circusboy (580130) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200683)

can't be Mondrian, he had a pathological fear of green..

must be Theo van Doesberg...

if so, someday we'll get diagonals!

Copying (4, Funny)

sixtyeight (844265) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200497)

I was just watching the Developer's Preview [youtu.be] . They were touting "a new kind of copying files ... you don't have to copy files to your hard drive anymore, they can just stay in the cloud".

Well how nice! Why have the tedium of being sure your files will be there when you go for them, when you can suddenly become dependent upon a third-party service? It's not like they've ever ratcheted up the price on their customers before.

I'm just waiting for them to abandon the hard drive entirely, in favor of a coin slot. Using your computer will be just like internet video poker.

Re:Copying (4, Insightful)

adonoman (624929) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200665)

I think you missed the point of a new kind of copying - they're finally fixing the wild guesstimates, uninformative dialogs, and constant interuptions when copying files using the GUI. It finally lets you queue up copy operations, has a helpful keep/replace dialog that only prompts once at the beginning, and actually maintains a graph of copy performance if you go to the advanced view.

The cloud thing is a whole different issue.

Re:Copying (1)

sixtyeight (844265) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200783)

I did miss the point of the "new kind of copying" actually - I didn't find the distinction being made, so it sounded like that was the cloud.

The cloud thing was therefore my issue.

Re:Copying (1)

Nemyst (1383049) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200691)

Those coins will be called punch cards, which let you store things called bits in physical form! Isn't the future amazing?

Re:Copying (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39200745)

Yes, mixing up Skydrive integration and a vastly improved copy dialog and then using this as an argument against Microsoft makes perfect sense*.

* If you have no idea what you're talking about in the first place

RPEnabled registry hack doesn't work anymore! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39200541)

Argh! Get me off this Metro train! I need a workaround for this! STAT!

Worst demo video ever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39200573)

That demo video is very poorly done; you can't tell which parts are slick transitions added by the video editor and which parts are the actual OS's animations. The backgrounds are done up in the same colors as the UI. It uses flashing spots and comet-tail streaks to show touch gestures, instead of actually filming someone's hand tapping and swiping.

PROTIP: hire some actual models and rent an actual studio, then edit in the screen effects in post-production. It's amazing how much more compelling your demos look when they actually look like a product instead of a cartoon.

what's new? (3, Interesting)

DaveGod (703167) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200587)

So what are the significant changes? Other than the UI.

I did try Googling a few previews, they talked about the UI.

Re:what's new? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39200699)

I hear it's got a new UI!

(yeah that's pretty much all thats new)

I like the look... (1)

tjstork (137384) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200679)

with my tv wired to my pc, windows desktop seems "off", and metro seems more intuititive. hook me up!

Inspired by Windows Phone, with no market share (3, Insightful)

G3ckoG33k (647276) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200689)

"inspired by the lovely and intuitive presentation found in Windows Phone"

Is that just mean, or plain ignorant? The Windows smartphones have no market share any longer. Look at the stats for smartphones - http://www.engadget.com/2011/12/14/shocker-android-grew-us-market-share-after-q2-ios-was-static/ [engadget.com]

That expensive effort from Microsoft was killed by Android and Apple.

Why copy a product with a sinking market share? Do they believe the new Nokia hardware will sell their operating system for PCs?

I'm gonna be hated LOL (4, Insightful)

BudAaron (1231468) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200815)

I used the Developer Preview as my main OS for a few weeks. On Windows 7 I pin all of my apps to the taskbar. I did the same thing with Windows 8. So I had all the goodness of Windows 8 but all the availability of Windows 7. I came to think of it as Windows 7 on steroids.I may well go back to Windows 8 as my OS of choice.

Vista Rehash? (1)

eternaldoctorwho (2563923) | more than 2 years ago | (#39200825)

I remember going to a Windows Vista preview some years ago. Sure it looked all fancy and cool back then as well, but we all know where that pOS ended up. I'm always suspicious of when people say "OMG, this new Windows platform is the greatest evar!!!1!"
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