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Windows 8 is on the way!

We've talked plenty about Windows 8 in the past, but Microsoft is really gearing up to get developers onboard with the highly anticipated successor to Windows 7. Microsoft showed off the latest version of Windows 8 to developers at the BUILD conference in California this week. 

To put the icing on the cake, Microsoft handed out prototype Samsung PCs to developers attending BUILD with the Windows 8 Developer Preview already installed. 

“We reimagined Windows,” said Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft. “From the chipset to the user experience, Windows 8 brings a new range of capabilities without compromise.”

The biggest news, however, is that general consumers can download the Windows 8 Developer Preview starting TONIGHT at 8:00 PM Pacific Time at the following link. The developer preview will run on both 32-bit (can't we kill you already??!!) and 64-bit x86 computers. No activation will be required for those that choose to install the software, but you will need a Windows Live ID to initiate the download.

Be prepared for slow servers as everyone and their grandma will be rushing to get in line to get their "Metro on" with Windows 8.

Updated 8:28pm EST

The Windows 8 Developer Preview can be downloaded RIGHT NOW.

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RE: hmmph
By Mitch101 on 9/13/2011 4:16:46 PM , Rating: 4
You needed to watch the demonstrations. The interface takes into consideration touch first but fully allows for mouse/keyboard. Realistically the tiles provide more information than icons giving you information at a glance without having to open them and find out nothing happened. Which is why I find the Windows Phone 7 screen much more informational than my Android or any other icon based gui. Try the tiles you will like them. If not would you could you on a boat? Think about it you use about a dozen apps on a daily basis with the new interface you have immediate access to those dozen or so apps even at a click. Quick launch is OK but the icons don't tell you anything the tiles do. Still not a believer then would you could you with a goat?

Also if you watched the demo you would know that the memory footprint of Windows 8 is much smaller than Windows 7. If it Runs Windows 7 today it most certainly runs Windows 8.

I dont care about boot times but basically it took the monitor longer to refresh the display than Windows 8 took to BOOT. Not hybrinate FULL BOOT.

The low power states were a nice surprise as well including the bios protection methods that can prevent malicious pwnage from even a USB stick.

Windows 8 is Impressive I loved XP too but its more than time to move on.

RE: hmmph
By seamonkey79 on 9/13/2011 4:39:24 PM , Rating: 2
How much more information does a person need than an icon with a label saying what that icon is for... I don't even have the labels on for my Android phone... I fail to see what having 'more information' is needed versus an icon based system.

That said, I like the Zune and the interface that is on it. I just don't know that it's "better" than a simple icon based system. Just as good, maybe.

RE: hmmph
By Mitch101 on 9/13/2011 5:09:24 PM , Rating: 2
Take for instance the E-mail and Messages Tile sometimes has a number on them. Thats the number of Messages or E-mails since the last time you checked. Its not the number of Unread e-mail its the number since you last checked. No number then I have nothing to check there. The tiles are informative.

An ICON tells you nothing you still have to open the app to find out no messages or oh I got 3 messages. The tiles keep you from babysitting or micro managing your programs for information.

I can glance and my phone without having to dive into my apps it just makes sense.

New Windows Phone Mango speech technology can't be beat
Windows Phone 7 is the most stable
I have tried different 3rd party applications and integrated services to try to control my iOS, Android, Symbian, and BlackBerry devices just with my voice. Some apps and services did well, but NOTHING has functioned as well as Windows Phone 7.5 (aka Mango) from Microsoft.

Windows Phone 7 growth is big
Windows Phone 7 generated only 2 percent of ad impressions during the month, but encouragingly had a 71 percent increase month-over-month . The indicates that more of these phones are in the market each month, and with Mango due to launch soon WP7 could be poised for good growth.

RE: hmmph
By Justin Time on 9/14/2011 1:54:38 AM , Rating: 3
"I dont care about boot times but basically it took the monitor longer to refresh the display than Windows 8 took to BOOT. Not hybrinate FULL BOOT."

I think you'll find that's the FAST boot, and not a full cold boot.

FAST boot uses a hybernated kernel session, and just initialises the user session.

This means that there is no Plug&Play enumeration, but users don't change hardware as often as they boot.

RE: hmmph
By B3an on 9/14/2011 9:09:05 AM , Rating: 2
It's pretty much the same thing as a cold boot. It uses no power at all when off, and it's the default boot setting. If someone didn't already know what it did exactly then it would seem like a cold boot to them.

RE: hmmph
By Justin Time on 9/14/2011 7:21:29 PM , Rating: 2
Neither does hibernate use power, but it's not a cold boot.

Fast boot skips a whole bunch of stuff by loading a kernel hibernation file, and only initialising the user session, but it's not a cold boot... it's a partial hibernation resume.

Making it the default mode is a sensible approach for the way people use their personal computers, but it doesn't change the fact that it's not a full cold boot.

Cold boot is still required to install/change hardware and/or drivers, and no doubt for windows updates etc, and is still comparable to Win7 cold boot times.

RE: hmmph
By ekv on 9/14/2011 2:45:41 AM , Rating: 2
If not would you could you on a boat?
Very METRO'esque statement if I may say so. Not liking the Metro UI -- which is not the same as saying "it doesn't work" -- but being forced into using it for my desktop? ... will wait for #9.

Win8 is clearly attempting to meld the desktop and mobile worlds. It may work, who knows. But try the "would you could you" on my Kinect and I will KEEL you 8)

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