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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What will Apple do?
by dsmogor on Wed 14th Sep 2011 10:32 UTC
dsmogor
Member since:
2005-09-01

Interesting what will be the Apple response to the ( eventual) success of Win8 tablet/pc hibrid.

With iOS on tablet they are rather stuck in consuption device area.
If win8 manages to deliver a set of compeling entertainment apps while being easily convertible to conventional laptop Apple is in trouble. They will probably bring OSX and iOS closer but the api split will hurt them eventually.
Of course if Google doesn't show some real magic in IceCream release they are doomed on the tablet. All the troubled PC producers will jump ship Win8 in a heartbeat to protect their diminishing laptop business.
So far Android failed to deliver on that form factor so I wouldn't count on any sort of loyality.

The question is would that also translate to WP? Looks like MS has now a winning SDK hands down.

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RE: What will Apple do?
by bnolsen on Wed 14th Sep 2011 12:40 in reply to "What will Apple do?"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

you assume a unified paradigm is the right way to do it. while I appreciate how small devices have emphasized the need to simplify application interfaces in general, I frankly don't see a way to create a unified interface for completely different devices with completely different uses. right now it sounds like windows 8 is ui wise a cluster. Apple and Google made the obvious choice to treat different devices as different and work on synchronization.

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RE: What will Apple do?
by defdog99 on Wed 14th Sep 2011 21:20 in reply to "What will Apple do?"
defdog99 Member since:
2006-09-06

<sarcasm>
itunes will BE the OS.
</sarcasm>

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RE: What will Apple do?
by kristoph on Thu 15th Sep 2011 04:04 in reply to "What will Apple do?"
kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

Yes, this is exactly the same UI as the smashing success that is Windows Phone 7 which is crushing those pitiful, archaic icon based offerings from Google and Apple.

Clearly, everyone should just pack up and go home, Microsoft conquers all!

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