Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Aug 2012 21:30 UTC
Windows Microsoft has made Windows 8's final release available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, so if you are one of those - have fun. The 90-day trial has also been released, so us mere mortals can have a go at it as well. The evaluation version is Windows 8 Enterprise, so it contains a number of features regular users normally won't see. As far as I can tell - it's a bit unclear - the trial version cannot be upgraded to a final version a few months down the line. Happy testing!
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RE[4]: Pass
by kaiwai on Thu 16th Aug 2012 14:40 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Pass"
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"Compared to previous releases it finally appears that Microsoft understands the concept of fit and finish"

Seriously? you have two totally different GUIs running at the same time. You jump between them depending on which app you are running. One of these GUIS is really inconvenient on a desktop PC and its best "feature" is that it shows you less information instead of more on the screen.

Sorry I should have been more accurate in what I meant by 'fit and finish' - what I meant was in regards to previous releases. Yes, it can be a bit jarring moving between the 'Metro' interface to the traditional desktop but in terms of the desktop theme it is a lot better than the gaudy Windows Vista and the marginally improved Windows 7 appearance but that doesn't take away from the fact that the icons are out of place, the inconsistent usage of different GUI elements from various generations of libraries give a rough experience when compared to using Mac OS X.

I'm back on Mac OS X again and my brief experience has re-enforced why I've a Mac user because the more I used it the more my OCD went crazy to the point that I wanted to punch a box of kittens. Maybe it was my optimism that clouded my judgement but now that I've come down from my 'two day high' having used Windows 8 (used the leaked RTM then tried the 90 day trial) and faced the problems that I initially looked over in my excitement of trying a 'new toy' out.

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RE[5]: Pass
by adinas on Sun 19th Aug 2012 07:46 in reply to "RE[4]: Pass"
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My theory is that all the positive reviews about Windows 8 are by Mac users. Most of the computer media people at theverge, engadget, TWIT... use Macs and they are the ones writing reviews of Windows 8. So, my theory is that since they don't see it as something they actually need to use, they are looking at it like a new interesting different gadget that they play around with and it looks cool to them. If they actually replaced their Mac with Windows 8 I believe they would have the same experience you had.

In the end we may all end up jumping ship to Mac OS or Linux (if they go ahead with Metro in future versions and Windows 7 gets too long in the tooth)

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RE[6]: Pass
by bassbeast on Sun 19th Aug 2012 21:53 in reply to "RE[5]: Pass"
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2007-11-11 should be really modded up as that's actually really insightful. Come to think of it I've noticed all the reviews seemed like...well the reviewers didn't actually use Windows day to day so it came off more as someone playing with a new toy. They also almost always were playing with it on a touchscreen and frankly I've yet to meet a Windows user with a touchscreen, its just something that has never sold well. Finally I never read them trying to run serious Windows programs to see how the day to day was, like Quickbooks or Photoshop, it was always just fiddling with the built in apps.

So I think you may have nailed it friend, many in the media are Mac users and this is just them playing with a new toy, like handing someone who has never had one a new Android tablet.

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