Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Sep 2012 20:16 UTC, submitted by Bob Stein
Windows has just posted their 45-page, 40-screenshot review of Microsoft Windows 8. The review covers many different aspects of the OS including performance, security, application compatibility, and more. "Is Windows 8 a hit or miss? It's a hit, it is clearly Microsoft's most bold development in years, it probably beats out the transition from Program Manager (Windows 3X) to Windows 95, the move from Windows 9x to the NT Kernel. The Windows 8 platform represents so many things: truly touch centric, support for modern processor architectures, fast and fluid as Microsoft puts it and also represents where the majority of the world is heading when it comes to computing, entirely mobile."
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RE[2]: A mixed bag
by WorknMan on Thu 27th Sep 2012 00:44 UTC in reply to "RE: A mixed bag"
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Well, of course metro is irrelevant to *us*, but it wasn't made for us either. When the iPad came out, geeks around the world turned their noses up at it and said, 'This isn't OSX... it's just a big iPod Touch. It'll never sell.' Well, that shows how much we know ;)

The real test of metro is when tech tards and soccer moms get their hands on it. If they take to it, then it'll be a success as far as MS is concerned. If the computer-illiterate masses don't like it though, then MS is in serious trouble.

For this reason, I pretty much ignore metro as it is now, as you should too. Don't fall into the trap of having your geek sensibilities offended just because it is there. Benchmarks have already proven that Windows 8 is faster than 7 and more memory efficient, so it's not slowing down the system. And it doesn't really get in your way either if you don't seek it out.

The one obvious exception is the start screen; since MS removed the start menu, there's pretty much no getting around it without a start menu replacement. However, after having gotten familiar with it, I'm not entirely convinced that a start menu replacement is absolutely necessary, depending on what you used the start menu for. Once I figured out that I could pin desktop apps to it, I was pretty much good to go. In fact, I find that since I can resize tiles and separate them into logical groups, it's actually an improvement over the old start menu. And you can do searches as well, just hit the Windows key and start typing.

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