Do you think Microsoft can succeed with its new tablet?
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- What if you had a netbook you plugged your phone into? IOS and Android. The need for a personal computer is getting limited. Microsoft is too late in the game. Has anyone used Windows 8 yet? It looks like an iPad gone wrong. Navigating it is even more difficult. Go to your pictures and try to get back to the main screen. The only way to go back which I had to Google is to use CTRL ESC.Jun 20, 2012
- said Has anyone used Windows 8 yet?
Yes. It's now my primary OS. I'm used to Metro UI already since I have a windows phone. Love the way that I can have my email open in a narrow column to the left and readily reply to it without disturbing what I'm doing on the right.
Yeah, you could snap windows and such, but that just squished everything into tiny windows. Metro actually re-formats the content for the space available. Functional, and not crowded.
I don't know what you're talking about regarding difficulty escaping apps. Don't worry about it. Either grab the top and throw it down to the bottom to close it - use Windows + Tab to switch, or smack the Windows key to get back to the main menu. Any of those will serve you any time in any WinRT app.
And the Desktop? Familiar as before - but still more refined. Love the new file transfer system. Great for transferring HD video files.Jun 21, 2012
- +Mark Noble A developer at work asked me to take a look at it. He had it loaded up in a VM. I didn't see a standard desktop feel. It looked like a tablet feel to me. Is there different versions?Jun 21, 2012
- There's WinRT which is just the Metro stuff - and there is a Desktop in full Windows 8. I've only ever seen full Windows 8.
Think of the WinRT part as the new "Start Menu" - except bigger and hiding the desktop.
Tablets like the lower-end Surface won't run Desktop apps. Surface Pro will run everything Windows 7 runs.
Best way to check it out is to shrink your partition by about 40-50GB and install it there. It sets up a slick dual-boot interface by default.Jun 21, 2012
- I'm running the Win 8 consumer preview on a 5 year old dell machine that barely ran WinXP as well as on a newer laptop. The full desktop is, frankly, very similar to Windows 7, but you have to go search for it and enable it. By default the new "Metro" interface is the primary focus and while it's great, it's totally geared towards touch interface...using a mouse works but it's simply more fluid if you use your hands for swipe gestures (like my Windows Phone). All in all, a solid 8/10 for the preview...I'm assuming it only gets better once there are more native apps and the final bugs have been worked out....and once it's running on decent hardware. Can't wait.Jun 21, 2012
- Windows 8 is so much faster than my Windows 7 experience even - and that was already very fast. I just find with the Metro apps I can get a lot more done more quickly... Since I don't have a touch screen I need to memorize more of the hotkeys though. :PJun 21, 2012