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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Am I the only one?
by adinas on Wed 14th Sep 2011 21:08 UTC
adinas
Member since:
2005-08-17

that hates the new ui for a desktop?
I often have tons of open windows. I often have a couple of visual studio projects open. 3-4 skype chats (1 or 2 blinking waiting for me to respond), 5-6 notepad notes ff,ie and chrome,2-3 remote desktop sessions, outlook and maybe a couple of opned mails and 2 SQL server management studios. how can i go between them quickly by swiping? The taskbar was ms's greatest invention and they are throwing it away. The only exciting news was that you can now have the taskbar on every monitor and it will show only those apps on that monitor. Even during the presentation they would go to Desktop mode to show stats on file transfer in one window while dragging files between usb drives in explorer. Imagining a day in the future with only metro is ;)

Edited 2011-09-14 21:21 UTC

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RE: Am I the only one?
by B.Jay on Thu 15th Sep 2011 07:02 in reply to "Am I the only one?"
B.Jay Member since:
2011-01-01

No, you're definitely not the only one...

So I got myself the VMware Workstation 8.0 upgrade and installed the Developer Preview.

After tinkering around with it for several hours - together with some friends and colleges - and resisting the urge to throw my PC against the wall...

From my/our point of view Metro perfectly aligns itself with Gnome 3, Canonical's Unity 2D/3D and KDE 4 in its current shape and form. It's sooo utterly useless for getting work done(TM) or managing your PC that I'm/we're out of words. (@possible critics: Yes, I/we keep in mind that this is a unfinished Developer Preview which can/will change on the way to RTM - that's actually what I'm/we're hoping for)

A "classic desktop" containing the start menu as we know it from Vista/Windows 7 simply HAS to be added, otherwise power users and admins won't touch it even with a 10 foot stick.

Just my two cents on what we see at this moment.

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RE[2]: Am I the only one?
by adinas on Thu 15th Sep 2011 13:49 in reply to "RE: Am I the only one?"
adinas Member since:
2005-08-17

So, all the desktop makers are committing suicide at the same time. nice. Didn't they ever hear of "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"

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RE: Am I the only one?
by zima on Tue 20th Sep 2011 23:59 in reply to "Am I the only one?"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

You also write...

So, all the desktop makers are committing suicide at the same time. nice. Didn't they ever hear of "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"

Maybe it is broke? Now, perhaps not to you ...but then a) from the description of your desktop, you don't seem as a very typical user b) we did hear not entirely dissimilar wailing also when abandoning, say, paradigms of DOS era ;p (heck, or when going from 9x-style to Luna)

But, from numerous problems many people face with "computers" it seems they're nowhere near optimal for most of them. As for us?... I think we'll get through fine one way or another, we'll see (maybe partly a reintroduction of workstation concept? Hopefully not the price)

Edited 2011-09-21 00:03 UTC

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