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Microsoft Launches Windows 8 OS
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msg:4512358
 5:40 pm on Oct 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

I'm really looking forward to gettng a Windows 8 machine.

Microsoft Corp. today announced the global availability of its popular Windows operating system, Windows 8. Beginning Friday, Oct. 26, consumers and businesses worldwide will be able to experience all that Windows 8 has to offer, including a beautiful new user interface and a wide range of applications with the grand opening of the Windows Store. As a result of close work with hardware partners, more than 1,000 certified PCs and tablets, including Microsoft Surface, will be available for the launch of Windows 8 — making it the best lineup of PCs ever across the Windows 8 and Windows RT ecosystem.


“We have reimagined Windows and the result is a stunning lineup of new PCs,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. “Windows 8 brings together the best of the PC and the tablet. It works perfect for work and play and it is alive with your world. Every one of our customers will find a PC that they will absolutely love.”


Microsoft Launches Windows 8 [microsoft.com]

 

JAB Creations




msg:4512386
 7:18 pm on Oct 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

RIP Windows.

- John

keyplyr




msg:4512447
 10:27 pm on Oct 25, 2012 (gmt 0)


Those big, cubular app-like icons, also used on Windows Mobile OS equipped smart phones, seem demeaning somehow, akin to a big-button land phone for the elderly.

blend27




msg:4512454
 10:48 pm on Oct 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

RIP Windows


Nothing for nothing, but do you have/tested an OS or device that has an OS/Bench run to SAY RIP?

P.S. always been you admirer on A/B score testing thingy.

Blend27.

Andy Langton




msg:4512458
 11:12 pm on Oct 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

Been testing Windows 8 for a few days now. My opinion is that it isn't ready for primetime. But that said, I actually like the general idea. It feels like a genuine progression is underway. And stuff like syncing from one PC to a laptop or tablet is a pretty considerable feature. Other good stuff includes the context-sensitive search - start typing in the news app to search the news, do the same in email to search emails. Some of the interface looks really nice, too.

But, I do feel like a beta tester running it, and it's all too easy to just hit the windows key + D to ignore all the new features (almost) entirely. But perhaps that's the idea? Nice big tablet-esque interface which looks nice and your gran can use, and good old Windows underneath for the angry techies.

Unless the dodgy execution shoots them in the foot, I don't think this is RIP at all.

SEOPTI




msg:4512471
 11:37 pm on Oct 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

Windows 8 is awesome. Love it!

drhowarddrfine




msg:4512489
 1:56 am on Oct 26, 2012 (gmt 0)

Just left another forum where some have bought it already(?). Or maybe they're getting ready to and finally reading what's entailed. They're getting surprised by the installation process. Apparently you can't upgrade from some Windows7 versions or, when you do, you have to reinstall all your programs.

There are a few other gripes but I don't understand them (I haven't used Windows in almost 10 years).

bill




msg:4512518
 2:54 am on Oct 26, 2012 (gmt 0)

I've been using Windows 8 exclusively on one machine for the past few months. It grows on you. You do need to get used to the differences introduced by the "metro" interface. That's probably the biggest hurdle.

That said I haven't used this on a tablet or hybrid device yet. Apparently that's where Windows 8 shines. On a desktop PC there isn't as much of an advantage.

ThatsBoBo




msg:4512638
 1:47 pm on Oct 26, 2012 (gmt 0)

I actually like it, but will stick with Linux for most of my machines.

I can see how it could be great for novice laymen users.

frankbomarito




msg:4513060
 9:57 pm on Oct 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

I think it'll be a big success, it's a natural progression in the 'dumbing down of computers'.

Only the technically inclined feel they need to know how to partition a hard drive or boot up in DOS.

The rest of the world want these devices to be as simple as a smartphone or any other 'appliance'.

Mike_Feury




msg:4513130
 5:33 am on Oct 28, 2012 (gmt 0)

"They're getting surprised by the installation process."
Yeah, amazing how MS continue to make such a terrible mess of product naming, differentiation, versions and upgrade paths. That was not commercial suicide when the main bulk of the market was the business community, but it won't fly in the consumer market they're targeting with Win8/RT.

This is the right direction for MS, allied with software as a service, but it'll take them a few tries to get such a big innovation right. Windows 10 and allied services should be good.

pp46




msg:4513501
 7:59 pm on Oct 29, 2012 (gmt 0)

(I haven't used Windows in almost 10 years)

Well myself almost neither, but I do need it for some Adobe products (not going to use Mac)
But its awesome that instead of making one OS work they just keep on churning out new ones, WinNT was a good start but it just went down hill from there..
I just installed Debian Testing for fun, now that is something that works straight out of the 'box' even in the testing version..
Hum I wonder what is the point here... a new Windows again !
(until the next one)

londrum




msg:4513507
 8:30 pm on Oct 29, 2012 (gmt 0)

i like it when a new windows come out, because i use it as an excuse to buy a new computer.

pp46




msg:4513509
 8:40 pm on Oct 29, 2012 (gmt 0)

I can go with that lol
but get a really powerful one for this OS :)

wheel




msg:4513510
 8:49 pm on Oct 29, 2012 (gmt 0)

They can have my XP installation when they pry it from my cold, dead fingers.

Haven't seen a reason to upgrade from XP yet, so no intentions of doing so. that being said, all my machines run linux and XP runs in a virtual machine for the odd stupid proprietary program we have that won't run on linux.

pp46




msg:4513512
 9:02 pm on Oct 29, 2012 (gmt 0)

I wonder if MS know that Windows works better on a Linux V Box..?
Shall we tell them..?

bill




msg:4513592
 1:40 am on Oct 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

but get a really powerful one for this OS

Thanks for the FUD.

In my experience actually installing and using Windows 8, it performs better than Windows 7, which performed better than its predecessor. The sites that have benchmarked the two seem to agree that Windows 8 has better performance in their tests on the same hardware.

np2003




msg:4513807
 2:50 pm on Oct 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

Why "RIP"? it's too early to tell but you sound like the crew who said Windows 95 would flop because "MS Dos" was just so much faster & better.

btw Windows 8 demand already outpaces Windows 7 and how many of those did they end up selling? 650,000,000 copies.

engine




msg:4513876
 5:48 pm on Oct 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

I wish I had a sacrificial computer to give the upgrade a go. All the machines here are put to good use and I wouldn't want to spend development time on 'making it work.'

I could just buy a Win 8 machine, but I just don't have time right now.

Seb7




msg:4513969
 10:30 pm on Oct 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

If it is an optimised windows 7 underneath, I'm happy to upgrade.

The main problem with windows is that it doesnt understand that hardware doesnt always work at 110% effeciency.

Give it an Intermitant network connection, or an additional drive with faulty sectors, it will take 20 minutes to boot and a mouse that keeps halting every 5 seconds.

bill




msg:4514083
 8:52 am on Oct 31, 2012 (gmt 0)

I wish I had a sacrificial computer to give the upgrade a go. All the machines here are put to good use and I wouldn't want to spend development time on 'making it work.'


This is the first Windows OS I have ever done an in-place upgrade. Apparently that's the suggested way to go.

I took an existing Windows 7 machine that had all my software and settings just the way I liked them. I upgraded to Windows 8 and all of my software and settings were retained. It was the easiest transition I've ever made between Windows OSs.

Normally I recommend a clean install of a new OS like this. Two months on and I have experienced no issues with my migrated setup. YMMV.

Andy Langton




msg:4514112
 12:12 pm on Oct 31, 2012 (gmt 0)

I've done three "upgrade" installs so far - only one with issues (no wireless driver for a USB stick). Didn't take too long to fix, however, although I'd always recommended ensuring a nearby internet-connected machine when upgrading!

System
redhat



msg:4533166
 5:37 pm on Jan 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

The following 4 messages were cut out to new thread by bill. New thread at: windows8/4533164.htm [webmasterworld.com]
4:49 pm on Jan 4, 2013 (jst +9)

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