Welcome to Windows 8

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    Overview of a whole new look for Windows. The main change is a whole new start screen and touchscreen functionality.
    Don't worry, you can click or touch the "live tile" that will bring up the old familiar interface.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yD7UHLfmj-A&feature=related]Windows 8 Consumer Preview: New Start Screen; Beta Version Released to Introduce Microsoft's New OS - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    This one provides a much more in-depth overview.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og0BbYErv-s&feature=related]Windows 8 Consumer Preview Official Demo - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Been playing a bit with it, and have mixed feelings.

    First off.. I miss the start button. I know you just have to go to the lower left corner, but it is annoying for now any ways. Thankfully you can install a small program to get the start button back, but still... they need to make it optional.

    The metro view is actually not that bad. It is going to be brilliant for a tablet that is for sure, and even for a desktop it is not half bad. The idea that the tiles are updated all the time with relevant information is actually quite useful. That you can fully customize the start screen is very cool.

    The cloud enabled parts are very nice feature.

    There are many changes (maybe too many) that will take time to understand and learn. It will take time to get use to I suspect, but the productivity gains can be huge.
     
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    I'm assuming you have the developer version. I haven't tried it out but figured it was a good idea to let people know what to expect when new computers are eventually shipped with Win 8, at least they'll not freak out when they start up their new machine, if they viewed this or similar previews.
     
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    Rumor has it there will be 9 different pkgs.
     
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    It will be interesting to see the response to the new interface.
    Will it be like Ubuntu 11 - where users overwhelmingly hated it?
    Or Mac OSX - where the interface saw resistance, but quickly became accepted and today is considered the most elegant of gui's
     
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    I'm still using XP and don't want to change
     
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    I'm happy for ya.
     
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    This is interesting.
    This is truly unlike Microsoft to take chances on their core business. This is...what Apple does....not Microsoft.
    No other business on earth comes close to the success of Microsoft at selling repackaged core products. Not even close.
    They are taking a big risk...something Microsoft is not good at. Their ability to project consumer wants and needs is legendary...as in...awful.
    We'll see.
     
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    They recognize much of the market is moving to small form factor, portable computing while also acknowledging large form factor (desktop) computing isn't going away anytime soon. It may be considered risky by some but the move into the next century has already begun and those who do not adapt will be left behind.
    The good news for consumers is Microsoft is no longer in a position to dictate only what they offer as a product if they want to stay competitive, they are finally realizing the need to adapt to consumer demands and current market trends.
     

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