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 5:59:53 PM
Tablets are hot, and Microsoft Corp is coming up with a new Windows version just in time, according to Morgan Stanley analysts.
"We expect tablet shipments to exceed notebook shipments in 2013 and almost match total PC shipments by 2015," they said in a Thursday note which also called tablets, "the fastest ramping mobile device in history."
In a way, that's bad news for the PC ecosystem in which Microsoft has long played an important role. Just recently, Dell Inc. acknowledged that sales of tablets and smartphones have taken their toll on PCs.
"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer
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