Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Aug 2012 16:11 UTC
Windows Microsoft has just announced that Windows 8 has gone gold - or, in Redmond parlance, RTM. "Today, I am excited to announce that Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing (RTM)! This means we've completed the product development and testing of the product and have started handing off the final code to our OEM partners. They can now begin preparing new Windows 8 PCs and devices they'll introduce starting with General Availability." Anybody got a spare MSDN account?
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RE[4]: Ha!
by MOS6510 on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 05:29 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Ha!"
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I have a recent iMac with 8 GB of RAM. Windows 8 ran pretty slow (in Virtual Box).

Honestly I have no idea to get back to the Metro menu, although I managed it a few times. When I thought I had figured it out it wouldn't work the next time. But this is because it was so slow, when I did the correct thing the result may show a little later.

Having the Metro interface is a brave attempt, but it's undermined by providing the traditional desktop, which is kind of sabotaged by removing the start button.

Why not use the traditional desktop and offer Metro as a pulldown or hotkey optional feature? For me Windows 7 is their best ever effort, it's really good. Windows 8 isn't a step forward. It's not even a step back, it's more a step in to a dark forrest where it's easy to get lost and nobody know in what direction it will go.

Metro works fine on a touch based system. Although I'm not very fond of these live tiles. It looks cool, but why spend seconds watching an icon waiting for information that may or may not be there? It's kind of like the BlackBerry stare where you peer at the notification LED and try not to blink because then you may miss it. If something interesting is there you need to be able to see it in a tenth of a second. Now the live title of me first tells me I am me before it tells me of any social network updates.

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