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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6/1/2012 12:21:56 AM
I've been such a Microsoft supporter in the past... but with Windows 8 I admit I'm losing the faith quickly and starting to turn on them. There's almost nothing I like about Windows 8, it's an operating system for little kids and idiot adults that know nothing about computers. For professional users of any kind it's a total productivity nightmare. I swear with my last breath that I will not use Windows 8 as it stands now. I will switch to another OS and even possibly to Apple (which I freaking hate) if I have to.
6/1/2012 3:08:01 AM
Agreed. I won't support them anymore if this is what the future holds. Microsoft lost sight of who they were and what made them the leader in the industry and they've become just another kid in the room screaming "me too" to whatever Apple does. I guess that's what trying to always get only the biggest slice of the pie does to you. You just change with the wind if there's a little more $$$ to be made in that direction. Say what you will about Gates as a businessman, but he was way smarter than this.
6/1/2012 8:17:58 AM
So, basically, they did one thing you disagree with personally and so now you're 'off-the-wagon'? Frankly, I think it's your demographic that has put MS in this bad position to begin with.
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