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Music for everyone doing the Windows 10 upgrades today.
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That onboarding screen practically looks like a Material Design-era Google onboarding screen. Also, this onboarding for Android and iOS users is damned smart.
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Oh nice, the 1 terabyte storage kicked in... Bravo cloud storage wars!
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Well, I did it. Just got a Surface Pro 2. Kind of stoked so far.
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Two work days with #Windows8  in... 

I'm understanding the philosophical reason for separating the tablet-style and desktop interfaces now. Tablets are for media consumption, no matter how many gimmicky projects are technically made on an iPad. Desktops are for real work. So, the tablet-style interface is great for entertainment: for games, for Netflix and Hulu, for music, for browsing pictures, etc. I prefer the Netflix app to watching Netflix from netflix.com on my browser, for example.

What this means is, Monday and Tuesday, during work hours, I spent 80% of my time inside the desktop, and it felt like a cleaner, more polished version of Windows 7. The only hiccup I had was the reemergence of an AMD driver issue with Photoshop which I had in Win7. After hours, though, it was about 50/50, as I was watching Netflix and browsing the web, and obviously prefer browsing on Chrome on the desktop than IE10.

Bonus: I came across OblyTile via reddit (r/windows8), which lets you use your own PNG as tiles, and it's sweet! I made a few metro-style PNGs for my client files and stuff, which is an improvement over a bunch of beige folders.

tl;dr Two days in, I can do real work in Win8.

(cc +Robert Connor +Daniel Koeker +Daniel Runyon etc.)
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So, I checked out Windows 8 at the local Best Buy on a non-touch device, and my concerns have been allayed. The full-screen Metro modern UI is still a little intrusive, sure, but alt+tab allows you to see all desktop and modern applications at once, the Win+R run command hotkey still brings up the traditional run menu, and while searching used to mean simply pressing the Win key, it now requires pressing Win+Q, or Win+F to limit to files, or Win+W to limit to settings/control panel items.

So, I'm taking the risk, and doing the upgrade as I type.

(update on yesterday's post, +Robert Connor +Daniel Runyon )
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There's something I've been a worried about, and with Microsoft's #e3  announcements and Nintendo's pre-e3 announcements yesterday, it's confirmed. Since everyone is trying to use their respective consoles as a Trojan Horse into their own media "ecosystem", owning all the consoles to get your gaming fix is going to be more schizophrenic and awkward than ever.

At the start of this gen, you could have the Wii, Xbox 360, and PS3, and that was fine, because they still had one major function: games. Now, it's all about the movies, music, apps, etc., and from what I'm seeing, it will only get worse. On the bright side, this gen is going to reaffirm that PC gaming is the only serious gaming platform there is, because console makers obviously are no longer taking it seriously.

Also, I really wonder what Valve has up their sleeves with the talk about bringing Steam to the living room. Fingers crossed.
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After seeing +Engadget's walkthrough of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, I've confirmed the suspicion I had while I used the developer build: The Metro UI is just not right for desktop computers. Neither Microsoft, nor Apple has the right approach, because bringing a tablet-centric UI to the desktop isn't the right approach.

The phone- and tablet-centric UIs were developed based on those devices' limitations (no keyboard, small screen) and benefits (touch input, gyroscope, etc.) What Microsoft, Apple, etc. need to do is re-think the desktop from scratch, and ask themselves, "how would our desktop OS behave if we were creating it today for the first time?" instead of wholesale dumping their mobile OS UIs as a layer on top of their existing desktops.
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If there's anything I get from these future tech videos Microsoft releases every year or so, it's that all the hubbub over hardware design patents right now is going to be irrelevant in the coming years because no single device will look or function any different from any other, as they all become literally nothing more than digital sheets of paper, vehicles for the consumption of information. #OurCyberpunkFuture
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