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 11:23:51 PM
WAIT A MINUTE!!!!
Fisher-Price makes some of THE BEST toys on the planet, thank-you-very-much!
That said, I downloaded a copy of the consuner preview, or whatever it was called... And played with it for several hours over a few days. And then tossed the CD's, cleaned the drive and loaded the new ubuntu, I think. I personally don't see this... metro-whatever, I don't see it being very popular at all on the desktop. At least by people that have to use their desktops to make a living, that is.
But my crystal ball is sometimes a bit cloudy. It once told me that no one would pay $.25 to send a message smaller than 160 bytes...
RE: KILL IT! KILL IT WITH FIRE!
6/1/2012 7:14:14 PM
How did your Ubuntu install go? Last time I tried Linux was with Fedora 5...and it gave me a headache just trying to get Adobe Flash loaded!
I am hearing good things about the lastest Ubuntu...is it going to be a viable alternative for most Windows users?
"Well, there may be a reason why they call them 'Mac' trucks! Windows machines will not be trucks." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
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