Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Sep 2011 23:33 UTC
Windows Today, at Microsoft's BUILD conference in Anaheim, California, Microsoft unveiled the biggest overhaul of Windows since Windows 95. The venue was not coincidental; in the same city, in 1993, during the first Professional Developers Conference, Microsoft unveiled Windows 95 for the first time. Steven Sinofsky, supported by an army of Microsoft executives, demonstrated a whole boatload of things for Windows 8, and make no mistake, they had a lot to show. Two important notes: the Windows 8 Developer Preview will be free to download later today (no activation, will be updated regularly, and includes the new interface), and Win32 is the past.
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One size doesn't fit anyone.
by gehersh on Wed 14th Sep 2011 21:50 UTC
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What Microsoft fails to understand (and Apple does): you can't use a laptop the same way you use iPad-like devices. Even if it's called *lap*top, keeping it on you lap while trying to do anything serious, simply isn't gonna make it. And furthermore, laptop like device needs a touch screen less than a fish needs an umbrella.

I think it was Steve Jobs who made it clear. Two different kinds of devices, too different purposes. Bringing the elements of slate OS into laptop OS is OK. Bringing the whole paradigm of slate OS into laptop OS is stupid. While iPad can be thought of as an oversides iPhone, laptop clearly isn't. So now Microsoft aggressively promoting the slate-like OS paradigm for Windows 8 which is expected to run primarily on laptops. I'm not amused.

In fact, the major reason I run Windows at all is the wealth of applications written for Windows. Nothing beats that. Not even Linux. I have quite a few applications I simply can't find Linux-equivalent. And WINE is still iffy. So, if, as somebody pointed out, we end up having Linux as a platform for legacy Windows applications (and assuming, of course, the absolute transparency, WINE or whatever, I don't care), I'll be switching to Linux without a second thought. My attitude about any OS is pragmatic and utilitarian, and certainly not religious. So, if, thanks to Microsoft, the year Windows 8 appears will become the "Year of Linux" -- well, so be it.

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