"Swiping" Apps Into Focus With The Windows 8 UI
WOW...im impressed. Even after what ive seen on the Playbook and android tablets, it looks like windows 8 is going to have one heck of an interface. The adding and resizing of windows really impressed me, and by the looks of it multitasking was no issue. Looks like windows will further blur the lines between typical X86 based PC's and Arm devices. Its about time windows used its powers for good...rather than evil.
I think i missed out on windows 1-6... Why the start of single digit numbers now? :D Or are we going back in time from windows 98? :D
Nice features it is going to have, touchscreen makes it that much better too, will the features still work for a mouse?
that was my ? to inspector would have liked to have seen him use the mouse and key board
looks very nice though they might have put some thought in to windows/xbox/and the phone for a change
I can totally see the Media Center influence in the UI, nice knowing that the old Windows UI hasn't been forgotten about.
That video has gotten me so hyped for Windows 8.
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these guys have way too much money to mess up an OS.... oh wait..
these guys have way too much money to mess up an OS.... oh wait..
you mean vista 8
Hopefully this wont be another vista/windows 2000/windows millennium...but it seems like they learned a lesson with windows 7. You would expect a company as powerful and wealthy as microsoft to get it right the first time though...Either way, it seems like they were trying to show how windows 8 would integrate with tablets more than anything else. Hopefully we'll see what the OS looks like in a typical desktop configuration in the coming months.
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I hope for Microsoft as they move into the tablet arena they can break from this every other release being bad and nail this one as this is not the time to drop the ball.
If Microsoft got it right the first time, then who would buy their upgrades? For investors, Microsoft is running a great business that generates revenue and profits by not releasing the best possible product. This means, we as consumers, will "want" to upgrade to the next big thing being offered by Microsoft, even though we don't necessarily "need" to upgrade. It's the Jedi mind trick of marketing, and the Force is strong with Microsoft.
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Looks to like that would have great potential and useability as long as the swiping and traditional UI's can exist seamlessly
.& Wonder how this would pan out in a dual screen setup?
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Good to see that they're finally making Windows more touch friendly. However I'm not such a big fan of the WP7-style tiles (because they're so blocky perhaps?). Also I think I'll wait for Windows 9, or at least until people have time to test 8 out and ensure that it won't be another ME-XP, Vista-7 type of OS revision.
At one point he did say the features are designed for touch but would work with a mouse and keyboard if that is what you have. This really seems like a tablet OS more than a desktop OS. Also it looks like Windows 7 with Apps which would concern me about battery life on a portable devices and CPU usage with all those apps running in the background pulling information all the time.
Lamar Kropf:Also I think I'll wait for Windows 9, or at least until people have time to test 8 out and ensure that it won't be another ME-XP, Vista-7 type of OS revision.
I used Vista and I have to say that it was not nearly as bad as people thought; It was just seemingly overblown by the issues that people constantly bring out.
And Windows ME, I don't know why they had any real reason to introduce that; I mean aside from a Help & Support center, Windows Movie Maker and some things taken from Windows 2000;I don't think Windows ME was really worth releasing out to the general public.
I don't think it's going to be that type of revision but it's definitely going to be confusing figuring out how this works in a desktop like environment.
I don't find windows 8 appealing at all, it seem's cluttered and like the new "app screen" and other little add on features will take away from the clean, smooth windows experience that's come with 7 and XP (we're gonna pretend vista was an accident and thus Microsoft is pardoned)
I agree Taylor I was running Vista Ultimate(rip-off version) and never really had any problems with it. Though when I upgraded to 7 I noticed that my whole machine ran quite a bit faster.
Inspector:I think i missed out on windows 1-6.
1985 - Windows 1.0 (Garbage)1987 - Windows 2.0 (Garbage 2.0)1990 - Windows 3.0 (Actually usable, and only 4 steps backwards from AmigaDOS 1.0 of 1985)1993 - Windows 4.0 = WinNT (MS walked away from their IBM deal with lots of OS/2 tech/experience and released a system as good as AmigaDOS 1.0)Win2000 = Windows 5.0 (Better than AmigaDOS, and only 15 years later)2001- Windows 5.1 = Windows XP. We fixed all the bugs in Windows 5.0, we swear.2006 - Windows 6.0 = Vista. If Linux and MacOS X hadn't gone from being barely invented at the time of the previous release to being better than it at this point, it would have been considered amazing.2009 - Windows 6.1, according to the 'ver' command. But, called Windows 7. They renamed it because they added... uh... bigger icons... and a desire to distance themselves from Vista and what happens every time a closed source OS makes a technological break from the past (32/64-bit... no drivers from 3rd parties).
To me, Win8 looks like "Let's assume everyone is going to buy a touchscreen instead of using a mouse". If I thought Ubuntu had overdone it with Unity, MS brought in napalm with this interface.
For 95% of what people do... not on their phones... it's stupid (I'm thinking of the stuff I do everyday in the real world of business - my word processor, web browser, excel, mmc, command line and ssh terms don't need to give me status messages on the desktop, and I don't want to have to swipe through multiple screens of huge similar-looking square icons to see the 20 apps I use every day). Everyone and his brother will run it just for fear of not being able to run bleeding edge games if not... but it will be obsolete by 2014.
My co-workers drop dozens of icons on their desktop: Shortcuts to different documents. Imagine what a grey goo of similar screens that's going to look like in this interface. Maybe I'm jaded because I use an OS whose philosophy is that there's 'no one true way' and thus allows me to configure radically different desktops depending upon what I want for my tasks, but 10 will get you 20 that Microsoft backs off and makes it look more like Gnome3 once they get to the user-testing stage.
All in all, it's just a pretty phone-like launcher - the best part is that it closes and the taskbar pops up when he launches Excel. Microsoft has a history of releasing a crappy OS, then a fixed 'good' version in an alternating fashion. Windows 7 was a 'good' version.
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Great synopsis :) I agree with you they are acting like everything is going to be touch screens though they did say it would work with a mouse and keyboard. I hate more than like 15-20 icons on my desktop and have no need for putting documents on it. Only time will tell.
Finally got to watch the video and wow that was fluid and intuitive. I'm still using Vista and although I don't have a touch screen I like alot of the features he showed in the video. I am guessing but I think most of the people here enjoy multitasking as much as I do so that snap feature would certainly come in handy.
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