Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th May 2012 18:04 UTC, submitted by nej_simon
Windows "Microsoft has greatly improved its Windows 8 multiple monitor support in the Consumer Preview version of the operating system, but the company has fine tuned this even more with the upcoming Release Preview. Mark Yalovsky, a member of Microsoft's User Experience team, has taken to the company's Building Windows 8 blog to detail a number of important improvements in the Release Preview, including improved mouse targeting on shared edges and the ability to launch Metro apps on any monitor. Although the post in question has been mysteriously removed by Microsoft, we managed to secure the details thanks to a Google cached version." Very welcome.
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It'll be interesting
by Nelson on Wed 16th May 2012 21:03 UTC
Nelson
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2005-11-29

to hear from the people who were judging the Release Preview based off of a handful of leaked screenshots (from a non-final interim build.) You know, the people saying MSFT wouldn't improve a thing.

Where are you all now?

Edited 2012-05-16 21:03 UTC

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RE: It'll be interesting
by jbauer on Wed 16th May 2012 21:13 UTC in reply to "It'll be interesting"
jbauer Member since:
2005-07-06

to hear from the people who were judging the Release Preview based off of a handful of leaked screenshots (from a non-final interim build.) You know, the people saying MSFT wouldn't improve a thing.

Where are you all now?


Until they make Metro optional, no improvement will be enough to compensate for it.

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RE[2]: It'll be interesting
by Nelson on Wed 16th May 2012 21:18 UTC in reply to "RE: It'll be interesting"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Just stay in Desktop mode.

Glad I could help.

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RE[3]: It'll be interesting
by jbauer on Wed 16th May 2012 21:36 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: It'll be interesting"
jbauer Member since:
2005-07-06

Just stay in Desktop mode.

Glad I could help.


That won't get rid of Metro. Thanks for nothing.

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RE[3]: It'll be interesting
by ssokolow on Wed 16th May 2012 21:39 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: It'll be interesting"
ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

Just stay in Desktop mode.

Glad I could help.


They may have changed things but, last I heard, they'd removed the start menu from desktop mode to try to force you to spend at least some part of your time in Metro.

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RE[2]: It'll be interesting
by tomcat on Fri 18th May 2012 07:07 UTC in reply to "RE: It'll be interesting"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

"to hear from the people who were judging the Release Preview based off of a handful of leaked screenshots (from a non-final interim build.) You know, the people saying MSFT wouldn't improve a thing.

Where are you all now?


Until they make Metro optional, no improvement will be enough to compensate for it.
"

It is optional. You don't have to run Metro apps, and there's already a free Start Menu replacement available at http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/

Edited 2012-05-18 07:11 UTC

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RE[2]: It'll be interesting
by zima on Wed 23rd May 2012 23:13 UTC in reply to "RE: It'll be interesting"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Until they make Metro optional, no improvement will be enough to compensate for it.

So, no matter how good it becomes, you will still shun it ...that's a great approach.

(GUI can be hardly turned off in Win7 / more recent MS operating systems ...and, in its first two incarnations, Windows GUI was arguably barely useful for anything)

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Well, that looks promising
by BluenoseJake on Wed 16th May 2012 21:37 UTC
BluenoseJake
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2005-08-11

The video shows some real improvement on all my complaints about multi-monitor support. I guess they really are listening.

Who knew?

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RE: Well, that looks promising
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 17th May 2012 05:55 UTC in reply to "Well, that looks promising"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

They listen only when they want to.

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RE[2]: Well, that looks promising
by moondevil on Thu 17th May 2012 18:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Well, that looks promising"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Working on big enterprise projects, I've learned that sometimes we need to choose what we listen to.

It's always a matter of resources and what the PR department decides.

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

Is that any different than any other company? Apple does what it wants, Canonical does what it wants, Oracle certainly doesn't listen to anybody. I don't find MS any worse.

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Me neither.

What cured my open source fanboy hate for Microsoft, was my first set of projects in the enterprise world.

Then I realized that all big companies behave the same way, and became company agnostic.

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This was my one big gripe.
by blahbl4hblah on Wed 16th May 2012 22:06 UTC
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2011-05-29

This was my one big gripe with the consumer preview. I hate the hot corners thing. When I was a mac user I always assigned expose, which is an awesome feature, to a key sequence. I can't wait to try it and I'm really hoping that they have un-fsck'd the targeting.

They are also adding back colors to VS11, but keeping the available dark theme.

I'm really looking forward to this.

If you guys have spent time with it you should take a look at the new server os. Server 2012 is the most advanced thing I have used since OpenVMS. Light years ahead of other systems...AND they finally added the things that make sense for admin'ing a large number of systems. (Stuff that Unix and VMS have been doing since before I was born.)

Edited 2012-05-16 22:07 UTC

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snfgd
Member since:
2012-04-23

Although the post in question has been mysteriously removed by Microsoft, we managed to secure the details thanks to a Google cached version.


I was lucky enough to see it in my feed reader before it disappeared. It contained screenshots which used a new visual style. I suspect that's why it disappeared.

The theme itself looked like a cross between Aero and Whistler (http://www.guidebookgallery.org/screenshots/whistler2257#Appearance). I'll see if I can dig it out of my cache.

Edited 2012-05-17 01:48 UTC

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Pinning Metro on One Monitor
by bertzzie on Thu 17th May 2012 05:05 UTC
bertzzie
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2011-01-26

It would be great if we can pin metro on one monitor. Imagine if you have one monitor dedicated for Metro, then put in on a smaller monitor alongside your bigger monitor. It would be awesome!

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Oh, I *now* see through it!
by franzrogar on Thu 17th May 2012 16:52 UTC
franzrogar
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2012-05-17

So, they're trying to move from deprecated "virtual" desktops in a single screen to "true" desktopts in multiple screens!

How clever! So, no one can say anything against one-app-per-screen as you have to buy some others to achieve the same (current) status of any good OS.

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