Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Mar 2012 22:48 UTC
Windows "Microsoft will finish work on Windows 8 this summer, setting the stage for personal computers and tablets with the operating system to go on sale around October, according to people with knowledge of the schedule." Judging by the community preview, they've got a lot of work yet to do, like, you know, actually making it usable on non-touch devices. What I'm tying to say - pretty aggressive release schedule.
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RE[3]: Comment by orestes
by RRockMan on Mon 19th Mar 2012 23:39 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by orestes"
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2008-11-30

I don't see absolutely anybody squealing over Metro, can you provide a link?

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RE[4]: Comment by orestes
by Morgan on Tue 20th Mar 2012 07:14 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by orestes"
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I'm a pretty big fan of Metro, though I don't "squee". It's on my phone and my Xbox; I find it to be visually pleasing, lightning fast, and easy to use. It has made the Xbox game controller into a decent wireless remote for using the device as a set top box.

On a non-touch desktop PC however, it leaves a LOT to be desired. I love how much faster the OS is than Vista, and even 7 in some ways. But using Metro as a Start menu replacement is a step backwards in my experience. I'm really hoping that Metro will be turned off by default for the Professional lines of the OS, and an option to be turned off with the Home and Ultimate editions. Otherwise I don't see widespread adoption in the IT world, and perhaps another backlash like we had with ME and Vista previously.

Which makes me wonder, does Microsoft really intend to keep up this "every other consumer OS version sucks" model? Windows 95 was terrible compared to 98SE, which was miles better than its successor, Windows ME. XP was great, but Vista blew. Windows 7 is nothing short of amazing.


(And yes, I know I left out Windows 2000. It was a vast improvement over the 9x series, but was business oriented. Also it was the basis for XP, so it can be seen as the bridge from 9x to the current versions.)

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RE[5]: Comment by orestes
by RRockMan on Tue 20th Mar 2012 14:25 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by orestes"
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2008-11-30

I asked where was all the cheering that @orestes pointed at, not the hating. The hating I'm seeing it all around, even here in a website born as a BeOS site, where I (a long-time BeOS user and fan) was accustomed to see innovative GUIs praised, and not despised.

Now, where would all the vocal and cheering fans of Metro hide on the net? I'm not seeing them.

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