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: Ha!
by Drumhellar on Wed 1st Aug 2012 18:48 UTC in reply to "Ha!"
Drumhellar
Member since:
2005-07-12

To what extent did you try Win8? I installed the developer preview the day it was out, and have been using it as my main OS since the Consumer Preview was released, and upgraded to the Release Preview the day it came out. It definitely isn't worse than the XP->Vista transition, since Vista broke drivers and software, which is far, far more disruptive than replacing the Start Menu with the Start Screen.

And for most users, that is the biggest change.
Meanwhile, there are lots and lots of good things that Windows 8 brings to the table.

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RE[2]: Ha!
by demosthenese on Wed 1st Aug 2012 19:47 in reply to "RE: Ha!"
demosthenese Member since:
2011-02-01

"Meanwhile, there are lots and lots of good things that Windows 8 brings to the table."

Such as?

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RE[3]: Ha!
by lucas_maximus on Wed 1st Aug 2012 22:09 in reply to "RE[2]: Ha!"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Better performance for one.

using about 300mb of memory (idle) and I have dedicated a gig to it on the VM. The UI runs smoothly when I give it 12mb of video memory at 1024x768 in Virtual box.

Win8 > Win 7 > Vista in terms of performance. Before you hark on about the fact that Win 7 min specs were higher than Vistas, I think the min specs were more realistic than Vistas.

Vista underneath is pretty much Win 7 (I believe they are using the same kernel on the 64bit version in the latest update for Vista).

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RE[3]: Ha!
by Drumhellar on Wed 1st Aug 2012 23:29 in reply to "RE[2]: Ha!"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Improved disk performance: Shrinking and expanding volumes is much faster in practice.

Hyper-V built in.

The Refresh feature, and the in-place install.

GPU accelerated everything.

Improved multi-monitor support in the classic desktop.

The theme is nicer, with the sharp edges and fewer gradients.

Better driver support (USB 3.0 out of the box!)

Better support for multitouch trackpads.

Better search.
...
These are just things that affect me on a day-to-day basis. There are others that I think I can list off the top of my head:

Much better tablet support (duh!). This includes touch gestures, plus improved handwriting recognition.

More flexible threading model, especially useful for the newer AMD chips.

Integration with Windows Live (Yes, that is a good thing.)
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Of course, the lack of start menu can be seen as a regression, but once you get used to the start screen, it actually is mostly better.

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RE[2]: Ha!
by Fergy on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 11:36 in reply to "RE: Ha!"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

To what extent did you try Win8? I installed the developer preview the day it was out, and have been using it as my main OS since the Consumer Preview was released, and upgraded to the Release Preview the day it came out.

So how is the start/metro menu? Do you prefer it over the win7 startmenu or did you fix it with third party tools like launchy(my plan)?

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RE[3]: Ha!
by Drumhellar on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 16:28 in reply to "RE[2]: Ha!"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

I'm at times a little frustrated that there isn't an easily apparent way to add programs (The start menu folder structure is still there, it's just sorta hidden.)

But, no, I haven't used anything to change the way it operates, and overall I think I do like it better than the Win7 menu, since it operates in a very similar fashion.

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