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Has anybody here tried theWindows 8 free consumer preview?

Has anybody here tried theWindows 8 free consumer preview?

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Edited by Mikro on Mar 12, 2012 at 2:09:27 AM

Had it for 3 days now Loving every minute of it and the active spell checker that checks every word in any dialog box like typing this reply

Had it for 3 days now Loving every minute of it and the active spell checker that checks every word in any dialog box like typing this reply

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Edited by dhascall on Mar 12, 2012 at 8:32:28 AM

Mikro wrote:

Had it for 3 days now Loving every minute of it and the active spell checker that checks every word in any dialog box like typing this reply



About time.  Browsers such as Firefox and Chrome have been doing this for years.......

 

Does the active checker also tell you where to insert periods to avoid run-on sentences?  Lol. Smiley Tongue


Mikro wrote:

Had it for 3 days now Loving every minute of it and the active spell checker that checks every word in any dialog box like typing this reply



About time.  Browsers such as Firefox and Chrome have been doing this for years.......

 

Does the active checker also tell you where to insert periods to avoid run-on sentences?  Lol. Smiley Tongue

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Mar 12, 2012 11:36:05 AM
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Smiley Very HappySmiley Very Happy@ Dave.  You beat me to it!!

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I installed it on my old Dell Duo Netbook/Tablet hybriad and have found it to be a refreshing experience when useing this computer as a tablet.  Some of the downloadable games won't work due to it being an Atom Processor.  There are some minor complaints I have for it that can easily be solved with the devlopment of a new app or such (no metro style calculator)

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I installed it on my old Dell Duo Netbook/Tablet hybriad and have found it to be a refreshing experience when useing this computer as a tablet.  Some of the downloadable games won't work due to it being an Atom Processor.  There are some minor complaints I have for it that can easily be solved with the devlopment of a new app or such (no metro style calculator)

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I hear the familiar Start button is gone?

I hear the familiar Start button is gone?

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spd2demun wrote:

I hear the familiar Start button is gone?


Indeed it is.  Instead you're given a start menu that has the metro look that takes up the whole screen.

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spd2demun wrote:

I hear the familiar Start button is gone?


Indeed it is.  Instead you're given a start menu that has the metro look that takes up the whole screen.

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Does Windows 8 do wireless backups that was my pet peeve with Win 7 they took that option away unless you purchased Pro or Ultimate in this day and time that was a bad decission on their part.

Does Windows 8 do wireless backups that was my pet peeve with Win 7 they took that option away unless you purchased Pro or Ultimate in this day and time that was a bad decission on their part.

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Mar 15, 2012 8:45:22 AM
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Are they going for the tiled-look (X-Box, Windows Phone)? 

 

The touch-screen thing is optional, I'd assume!

 

Not sure I'm liking this version?  Another ME? Smiley Sad

 

Sounds like they're trying to look like OSX?

 


americangame wrote:

spd2demun wrote:

I hear the familiar Start button is gone?


Indeed it is.  Instead you're given a start menu that has the metro look that takes up the whole screen.




Are they going for the tiled-look (X-Box, Windows Phone)? 

 

The touch-screen thing is optional, I'd assume!

 

Not sure I'm liking this version?  Another ME? Smiley Sad

 

Sounds like they're trying to look like OSX?

 


americangame wrote:

spd2demun wrote:

I hear the familiar Start button is gone?


Indeed it is.  Instead you're given a start menu that has the metro look that takes up the whole screen.




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spd2demun wrote:

Are they going for the tiled-look (X-Box, Windows Phone)? 

 

The touch-screen thing is optional, I'd assume!

 

Not sure I'm liking this version?  Another ME? Smiley Sad

 

Sounds like they're trying to look like OSX?

 



Yep. Microsoft wants a familiar look across all of their products. The touch screen is completely optional seeing that desktops and non-touchscreen laptops will come with Windows 8 as well.

 

Before you write it off as being another ME or Vista, I would suggest that you play with it. I've found that I move around the computer a little bit faster with the metro look than I do using Windows 7.

 

Also, this looks nothing like OSX or iOS. It's definately its own unique look and feel.

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spd2demun wrote:

Are they going for the tiled-look (X-Box, Windows Phone)? 

 

The touch-screen thing is optional, I'd assume!

 

Not sure I'm liking this version?  Another ME? Smiley Sad

 

Sounds like they're trying to look like OSX?

 



Yep. Microsoft wants a familiar look across all of their products. The touch screen is completely optional seeing that desktops and non-touchscreen laptops will come with Windows 8 as well.

 

Before you write it off as being another ME or Vista, I would suggest that you play with it. I've found that I move around the computer a little bit faster with the metro look than I do using Windows 7.

 

Also, this looks nothing like OSX or iOS. It's definately its own unique look and feel.

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I don't have a machine I can devote to a trial right now, but hope it is an improvement, not a disaster.

 

Have they made the security overrides easier?  I skipped Vista, but 7's constant locks on folders everywhere drive me nuts!  I ended up doing the Take Ownership Tweak.

 

I understand wanting to be secure, but this is my own computer, nobody else uses it, and there is no need to have folders on lock-down. Smiley Mad

 

Just looked at a desktop view of 8, don't really like it.  This will make me jump ship to OSX! Smiley Sad  Apple's interface is just cleaner and easier, and I'm no fanboy!  I want my desktop background with nice icons. Smiley Sad

 

If this is what 8 looks like, I think it looks juvenile and disorganized. Smiley Sad  Just like a Windows phone!

 

 

I don't have a machine I can devote to a trial right now, but hope it is an improvement, not a disaster.

 

Have they made the security overrides easier?  I skipped Vista, but 7's constant locks on folders everywhere drive me nuts!  I ended up doing the Take Ownership Tweak.

 

I understand wanting to be secure, but this is my own computer, nobody else uses it, and there is no need to have folders on lock-down. Smiley Mad

 

Just looked at a desktop view of 8, don't really like it.  This will make me jump ship to OSX! Smiley Sad  Apple's interface is just cleaner and easier, and I'm no fanboy!  I want my desktop background with nice icons. Smiley Sad

 

If this is what 8 looks like, I think it looks juvenile and disorganized. Smiley Sad  Just like a Windows phone!

 

 

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Even though it looks way different and operates way different than past versions of Windows, the metro desktop was designed first and foremost with two things in mind:

1. Reduce the number of mouse clicks and/or movements to get your desired program or document launched.

2. Make the interface work equally well with mouse or touchscreen so that desktops and mobile devices all have the same interface.

I was very skeptical and hesitant of this interface as well, but after reading an explanation from one of the Microsoft MetroUI designers, he states some very compelling reasons why the interface should move away from the (rather limited) start menu.
Even though it looks way different and operates way different than past versions of Windows, the metro desktop was designed first and foremost with two things in mind:

1. Reduce the number of mouse clicks and/or movements to get your desired program or document launched.

2. Make the interface work equally well with mouse or touchscreen so that desktops and mobile devices all have the same interface.

I was very skeptical and hesitant of this interface as well, but after reading an explanation from one of the Microsoft MetroUI designers, he states some very compelling reasons why the interface should move away from the (rather limited) start menu.

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Edited by hpmsrm on Mar 15, 2012 at 9:13:28 PM

I read somewhere (I think) that if the user just cannot accept or function with the "new" look he/she can reinstate the old, familiar appearance.  But I confess that my memory is fuzzy on this one.

 

My primary interest in Windows 8 is for use with a tablet such as the Acer W500 which is currently sold with Win 7.....and 7 just is not designed for touch tablet use.

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples' money. .......Margaret Thatcher

I read somewhere (I think) that if the user just cannot accept or function with the "new" look he/she can reinstate the old, familiar appearance.  But I confess that my memory is fuzzy on this one.

 

My primary interest in Windows 8 is for use with a tablet such as the Acer W500 which is currently sold with Win 7.....and 7 just is not designed for touch tablet use.

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples' money. .......Margaret Thatcher
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I finally had time to sit down and read those blogs, S.J.   Thanks for providing the links.  I found them very interesting.  I'm kind of looking forward to Win 8....more than any of the previous versions....I think.  Finally.....at long last....I can have one of those touch tablet PC's like Captain Kirk and Spock had in the early Star Trek episodes.

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples' money. .......Margaret Thatcher

I finally had time to sit down and read those blogs, S.J.   Thanks for providing the links.  I found them very interesting.  I'm kind of looking forward to Win 8....more than any of the previous versions....I think.  Finally.....at long last....I can have one of those touch tablet PC's like Captain Kirk and Spock had in the early Star Trek episodes.

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples' money. .......Margaret Thatcher
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hpmsrm wrote:

I finally had time to sit down and read those blogs, S.J.   Thanks for providing the links.  I found them very interesting.  I'm kind of looking forward to Win 8....more than any of the previous versions....I think.  Finally.....at long last....I can have one of those touch tablet PC's like Captain Kirk and Spock had in the early Star Trek episodes.


I am holding out for the famous Scotty line in Star Trek " Computer On".


hpmsrm wrote:

I finally had time to sit down and read those blogs, S.J.   Thanks for providing the links.  I found them very interesting.  I'm kind of looking forward to Win 8....more than any of the previous versions....I think.  Finally.....at long last....I can have one of those touch tablet PC's like Captain Kirk and Spock had in the early Star Trek episodes.


I am holding out for the famous Scotty line in Star Trek " Computer On".

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Here's another blog entry from Microsoft on Evolving the Start Menu:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/10/03/evolving-the-start-menu.aspx
Here's another blog entry from Microsoft on Evolving the Start Menu:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/10/03/evolving-the-start-menu.aspx

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While I like the full screen look of IE 10, YOU CAN'T add Adobe Flash to it and you can't add tabs.

 

I wonder when the Windows 8 software come out if there will be a discount for those who have the preview version installed.

 

I noticed that you can keep the Windows 8 preview until January 2013. And you know APPLE will roll out their Mac commercials bashing Windows 8.

 

Good night.

While I like the full screen look of IE 10, YOU CAN'T add Adobe Flash to it and you can't add tabs.

 

I wonder when the Windows 8 software come out if there will be a discount for those who have the preview version installed.

 

I noticed that you can keep the Windows 8 preview until January 2013. And you know APPLE will roll out their Mac commercials bashing Windows 8.

 

Good night.

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They'll probably have the pre-order discounts like last time, but the family pack discounts didn't come until after the pre-order prices IIRC. Smiley Sad

 

I know I'll be forced to update eventually. 

They'll probably have the pre-order discounts like last time, but the family pack discounts didn't come until after the pre-order prices IIRC. Smiley Sad

 

I know I'll be forced to update eventually. 

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