Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Jun 2011 17:19 UTC
Windows Four years ago, July 2007, Microsoft released the first few tidbits of information about Windows 7. Vista had just been shipped, and it wasn't received well - both by critics and the marketplace. During these days, I argued that for Windows 7, Microsoft ought to scrap the Vista userland, and build an entirely new interface and userland on top of Windows NT, while maintaining a 'classic' Windows version on the side for business and other reluctant folk who want to see the 'new' Windows mature a little bit first. While they didn't do this with Windows 7, they are doing exactly this with Windows 8. Ladies and gentlemen, Windows 8 is the first 'cut the legacy'-release we've all been waiting for - and Microsoft couldn't have picked a better time.
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I was waiting for something different.
by vtolkov on Fri 3rd Jun 2011 03:32 UTC
vtolkov
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2006-07-26

We have not seen much to love yet. The similar interface was in Media Center and it was also very nice on demo, but useless in practice. The same about HTML integration idea. All attempts of embedding HTML into shell, from infamous Win 95 "Active Desktop" to Apple's Dashboard and Chrome Apps were failed in terms of customer interest. And, I think, we will see the same again.

About Metro primitivism, I gave a try to Win Phone 7, recently Android, and I can say, that iOS is much more comfortable, comparing with everything I've tried. Maybe this is because of beautiful screen, but it is much easier to read, even fonts are better. The same with desktop. OsX has a lot of issues, but its visual theme is excellent. I always use similar in Gnome. And if it will be the last native code platform, I'll stick with it.

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