Quick Note: Windows 8 Release Preview Goes Live
May 31, 2012 3:50 PM
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New build removes Start Menu code
It's been called the worst hack job to happen to Windows business users
since Windows ME
by some; others say it's a
huge leap forward
for Microsoft Corp. (
) and super-intuitive to use.
We're talking about Windows 8, the new Windows operating system from Microsoft that's
launching in October
and bringing with it the
new Metro user interface
which Microsoft first developed on its web sites and
The second mass consumption test build, the "Release Preview" is now live, replacing
the previous "Consumer Preview"
You can get it
Beware, you can no longer hack your Windows build with third party apps to restore the Start Button and Start Menu in the desktop. This is because Microsoft purposefully removed the legacy code that drove these features, which lay dormant and non-visible in the Consumer Preview build.
More changes are still in store. While Microsoft is planning to retain a desktop it's reportedly planning to strip away the icon styles of the
Aero UI and the Aero glass look
, replacing it with a new desktop with more Metro-like square icons. While the core aspects of the Windows desktop (other than the start menu) are expected to retained, items like Windows Explorer are expected to be
overhauled with Ribbons
and Metro-like touches.
Microsoft has a tall task when it comes to Windows 8, following the
fastest-selling operating system in history
, Windows 7.
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RE: KILL IT! KILL IT WITH FIRE!
5/31/2012 5:05:54 PM
Agreed. Useless in a business environment. It's a tablet UI. They should have given users the option to install for business, tablet or both and never have removed the start button. Replacing it with the Metro UI is a joke.
RE: KILL IT! KILL IT WITH FIRE!
5/31/2012 5:08:20 PM
Business environment or not is irrelevant - it's a terrible UI for a computer regardless of whether it's in the office or at home.
Keep it on the phones and tablets. Don't force a square peg into a round hole on actual computers.
"It's okay. The scenarios aren't that clear. But it's good looking. [Steve Jobs] does good design, and [the iPad] is absolutely a good example of that." -- Bill Gates on the Apple iPad
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