Microsoft's BUILD Kicks Off This Week: Windows 8 Set To Shine - HotHardware
Microsoft's BUILD Kicks Off This Week: Windows 8 Set To Shine

Microsoft's BUILD Kicks Off This Week: Windows 8 Set To Shine

Windows 8. Are you excited? Just the mere mention of it brings chills up the spines of PC junkies and tech-savvy consumers. If Microsoft can deliver on even half of their promises, the new operating system ought to be a real doozey. Needless to say, the tech world at large is gearing up to hear an awful lot of new details surrounding Microsoft's new OS this week. Up until now, very little has actually been revealed about Win8. But with Microsoft's BUILD Conference set to open up in California, rumors are raging about what could possibly be on deck. Windows 8 tablets? New form factors to take advantage of subtleties of the OS?

Here's what we do know. Windows 8 will be a serious upgrade. It may not look drastically different than Windows 7 in some regards, but the "Metro" style that has gained popularity in Windows Phone 7 will almost certainly dominate the home screens of Windows-based tablets in the future. We've also learned that a hastened boot time awaits those that upgrade, and we're hearing that Office's "ribbon interface" will also see life on the new Windows desktop.




Windows 8 User Interface Preview Shots

What will also be interesting is the participation of chip makers other than Intel. In the past, it was largely AMD and Intel powering Windows products. But now that ARM-based solutions are viable, an entirely new class of products could evolve and who knows what kind of surprises they'll bring. We're interested to see what kind of progress has been made on that front. Is the new operating system still just a strawman idea in the making? Or is Redmond executing to a point where viable retail-ready solutions could be showcased at CES 2012?  It would seem the latter is likely.

Microsoft has already shown Windows 8 running on tablets. Hopefully, they'll have an entire family of them to show off at BUILD. Stay tuned. We're expecting a lot of game-changing Windows-based news to be flowing from Anaheim this week.
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I'm going to be there to see if Bill Gates shows up, to give Steve Ballmer a Retirement award.

Then after that happens, I'm going to go to Disneyland. Why? Well, The ToyStory rides are the best and it was the film that got Steve Jobs' Pixar Studios off the ground!

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...it took me a while to put my finger on in-- but, the widely advertised 'snapshot' of the new Windows 8 screen (upper right corner of this article) reminds me of the Girl Scouts color scheme we see every year during their cookie drive ... am I wrong ?

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Oh my god, I thought you were kidding, but you're so right! And Kevin Kutz is behind it!

No wonder why Microsoft's marketshare is dwindling. They're going after the wrong demographics again; cookie eating tweens who use microsoft products.

http://www.girlscouts.org/news/news_releases/2009/let_me_know.asp

If you don't want your sons to become girlscouts, or be pursuaded by girlscout cookies, well, that's another reason to buy a mac and an iPhone.

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Oh boy! we get to come up with a crapload more cash for operating systems! Wheee!!

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Hmmm... So pay money for Windows 8 and be called a girl scout or pay lots of money for Apple products and be called a man...

No, I'm not falling for your subtle advertisement to buy an iMac and an iPhone. Every man is reserved to his/her opinions and if your an Apple person, I respect that but Microsoft has been making mostly good moves in terms of it's Windows devision, and despite my non-desire to buy Windows 8; I do have to say that it is looking good.

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Very interested in hearing a bit more about what features Windows 8 will provide for an enhanced user experience..,with and / or without the eye-candy.For some it's about choice ..what features to be included and what the pricing will be for the different versions upon release.

 

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there is never a reason to buy anything that mac makes.........ever........unless you really just don't get computers and hate getting a good deal on something.........which i hope wouldn't be someone leaving comments on a tech review site

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I am looking forward to hearing more about Windows 8. This conference hopefully will enlighten many of us on what is coming our way. I am hoping they offer the same deals they did for Windows 7 for students.

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