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First Look: Windows 8 Consumer Preview simple and slick

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We are loading Windows 8 on a tablet, so we will soon learn what contstitutes a right-click in the touch interface.

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36 comments
vernleblanc
vernleblanc

I am 55 and you all soud like a bunch of old foggies!. It's time to look forward into a new era of computing. It's here like it or not. I suggest you put your arms around it and adapt or like long hair and hip hugging bell bottoms you will be left behind.

PoodlesAndBeavers
PoodlesAndBeavers

Looks like a kiosk. I can't get much work done on a kiosk. Will someone please tell the Emperor that he's not wearing clothes?

P.F. Bruns
P.F. Bruns

One of the issues with Windows before 8 has been that some specific processes have hogged massive amounts of memory, especially if corrupted by malware. How are we supposed to do process-based diagnostics?

registered
registered

This has got to be an April Fool's gag, just a bit early. Somebody tell me they're kidding. And I thought the revised Office interface was bad (2007 and on). It's reminiscent of the movie "Idiocracy" -- the hospital check-in scene, with all the icon keys (an icon for each possible condition).

Bishop234
Bishop234

however, i DID like the windows home server software. i still run that at home. my macbook pro does NOT like to do searches on it. will not do searches on it(but that is a capability the mac boys took out with Lion). will be curious to see if the ability to search network drives is diminished with Win8. if it is, then yes, they are definitely mimicking apple....

Bishop234
Bishop234

will download and take a looksee...was not real thrilled with the developers preview. at all. then again, i don't have a windows phone, so there was no pre-indocternation...

spawnywhippet
spawnywhippet

I cannot understand the point of the Metro interface on the desktop. For me, the desktop is only visible for the couple of seconds following boot. After that, it will always be covered by the multitude of apps I will have open on my dual monitor setup. I then use the task bar and start menu for launching any additional apps. I *never* launch content from or see my desktop again until I shut down. I will certainly disable this interface if possible, or skip this OS if not possible.

garyoa1
garyoa1

Looks incredibly horrible. Like a Mac. If I wanted a mac I'd get one. Actually I just sold one because I hated it.

MrElectrifyer
MrElectrifyer

If new technology is gonna be coming to fix stuff that ain't broken, it's just gonna end up like Vista; or even worse.

glitch177k
glitch177k

Will someone please try this out before complaining about it? I've actually installed it and it works well.

glitch177k
glitch177k

Hit the 'more details' and you'll see a great new world. One of my FAVORITE changes as an IT guy. It's simplified for the basic users (like my mom) but expanding gives us basically the same tool as process explorer used to.

mudpuppy1
mudpuppy1

VERY appropriate movie. That's because they were all to stupid to handle any way else. They had to have pictures. Seems to be the way MS is going. Pathetic that they feel the need to dumb it down. The more I see it, the more I despise it. I downloaded it yesterday. Haven't installed it yet. Hopefully they left in the ability to disable Metro. Without Metro, Win 8 is an improvement. I don't have a Smartphone or a tablet so I don't need tiles.

glitch177k
glitch177k

I was 50/50 on the DP and was concerned a bit. After installing this one on my home computer, I'm feeling much better about it. But I use a windows live account pretty heavily with my phone and that's where the REAL bread and butter is here. I logged in for the first time and my contacts, calendar items and facebook and twitter connections all synched right up. And I installed it on a 10 year old desktop and it worked pretty well. That's pretty amazing that it breaths new life into extremely outdated hardware.

Ternarybit
Ternarybit

You're on OS X. You'll never try it anyways.

stiingya
stiingya

Metro isn't a desktop, why are you comparing it to one...? You could use metro to launch your apps and "only" go back to it to launch your apps just like you do now. Or you could use it to check information from apps without having to open them, etc. Or you could not use it much at all if you prefer, I'm sure they disabled the disabled feature this time because their trying to get information on metro and having everyone disable it doesn't do that

glitch177k
glitch177k

Maybe you should try installing it first before forming your opinion. After 2 hours of using it I fully understand where Microsoft was going with this. It works unless your basing your opinion on the picture alone.

davidfrazier1
davidfrazier1

I have installed it and worked with it for a week. It sucks. Are you a MS programmer or is MS paying you to troll for a crappy product?

cvn77
cvn77

Have a 4 year old Laptop by X-301 2.7 lbs with a 3 cell to keep weight down SSD Drive Windows 7 PRO 64 bits works and very well at that, then add in a W 520 6 mos old ssd Drive same OS 64 bit, cell phones are not laptops.I have found only one that really works the iphone 4S 64GB think some out here need to spend some money but not on a new OS that works very well.Cell phones are not Laptops. Have used it for 24 hours that is the end of my use of it ! Cvn77 I for one, 2nd, NO0000 thank you!

P.F. Bruns
P.F. Bruns

...in the photo gallery. Integrating a Process Explorer/Process Hacker type tool into Windows is a great idea. ETA: Ah. The "More details..." button is right there at the bottom of the box. I still think it should be a tab at the top, but it's an aesthetics thing.

boatov
boatov

You can unpin all the tiles in Metro if your heart so desire...FYI: W8CP is 50x better than Windows 7 - more like W7 on steroids.

glitch177k
glitch177k

Another negative opinion before you even tried it. Give it a chance people. It works. It's easy. But if you go in expecting to hate it and looking for negative you'll find it.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I couldn't get it to install on either of a pair of four-year-old laptops without BIOS upgrades.

davidfrazier1
davidfrazier1

If everyone disables it that should be a big clue to Microsoft.

imsoscareed
imsoscareed

Really? It's not a desktop? Then why are MS and all the media fools touting it as one? Why are we expected to run it on DESKTOP computers. Did you see that? DESKTOP computer. You need to think before you run off.

davidfrazier1
davidfrazier1

After 2 hours of using it you are an expert? After using it a week I think I have a better grasp of where they are going than you. There had better be a lot of interface changes before release or MS will get a big kick in the seat of the pants for this one.

imsoscareed
imsoscareed

How do you know that haven't? What an A**. I have tried it. I understand where MS is going with it too. It's going to the gutter with the simple minded fools that use it.

nwallette
nwallette

Why do you feel the need to insult everyone around here? Were you not breast-fed?

Ternarybit
Ternarybit

You watch too many movies. Why don't you go google opcode while the adults converse.

haunja
haunja

So how do all these "features" help me unless all I want to do is "Dick around"? I work for a goverment contractor with +1500 machines. Not happening here.

haunja
haunja

That's because people who depend on there PCs to get 'real work' done will chuck this after a week. If for no other reason because they have to learn yet another OS that really doesn't give them anything for the effort.

haunja
haunja

This isn't an upgrade, it an add-on. Andonce again, they moved the furnature around so I have to go and hunt for system properties. Where the frack is programs and features?

imsoscareed
imsoscareed

Jus thow do you know people haven't tried it. GEEZ I wish I knew everything like you.

stephenkendrick
stephenkendrick

Absolutely. Windows 8 with Metro as a FULLY optional component (much like Media Center which I actually use every day) would be an improvement over Windows 7. But if I don't want to see Metro (and I REALLY don't) then I should never be forced to do so.

ddarshan
ddarshan

I echo your comments.......Windows 8 -Metro look = Better OS than Win 7

nwallette
nwallette

The problem with this is the paradigm will fall apart when you put it in the hands of real users. It looks nice, and will demo very well. Look how easy it is to build a playlist! Great. Now, I want to record my own music with fifteen tracks, each running multiple plugins, and have a tear-away mixer window on my second monitor. Think that'll work on a touch screen? Maybe a touch wall. A finger is way too imprecise to do any "real" work on a single 18" monitor. I love my phone, don't get me wrong, but when I need to get down to business, I abandon that device for something more appropriate for the task. The problem here isn't that you "can" switch to a regular desktop, or use it with a mouse. It's that now there are two parallel interfaces. That means applications developers need to decide which (or both?) they will support. As you know, the apps make the platform, so if no one builds a Metro app, you're stuck using the mouse. And if the app you need is tiles-based, then you've one foot in that world as well. It's going to fragment the UI. They're not thinking ahead. A computer and a phone are different devices with different purposes serving different needs through different interfaces. There's a difference, capiche?

mudpuppy1
mudpuppy1

I've had the Developer Preview for some time so I am familiar with the interface. I still hate it. You don't like that statement, too bad. I don't want or need a dumbed-down kindergarten interface between me and what I want to do. I don't want or need tiles that update all the time. I don't do social networking sites so I don't care to see an update every time someone blows his nose. Metro sucks. It's difficult to find things in it. Disable Metro and the OS is fine. My problem is with Metro. I've expressed my opinion on it in various TR articles so feel free to look it up. You will find a lot of other people agree You want it, you can have it. You love it, that's OK with me. I just don't want to be forced to have to use it. As long as they make the normal desktop available without going through Metro or disabling any enhanced features, I'll be OK. If you look closely, I only bad-mouth Metro, not the entire OS.