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!
6/1/2012 4:09:51 PM
Maybe it Microsoft realizing that the laptop is going to fall to the tablet PC and working to create a tablet based system in preparation. I sure don't see people whining about the tiles on the Windows Phone or the XBox 360 interface.
RE: KILL IT! KILL IT WITH FIRE!
6/1/2012 7:11:51 PM
I stopped using my Xbox completely since it got "Metro"...and if you want a GREAT preview of what MS has in store, boot one up, look at all the LOVELY advertising tiles! GREAT!
Someone should tell MS that if we wanted our computers living in a walled garden (or "Crystal Prison"), we would have bought Apple devices!
"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone
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