Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th Mar 2013 13:03 UTC
Windows "An early build of Windows Blue, the next version of Windows, has leaked online. Build 9364 has been made available on file sharing sites and includes some of the new changes that Microsoft is building into its significant Windows 8 update. Leaked screenshots show that the company is bringing smaller Live Tile arrangements to its Start Screen, along with greater control over the color personalization options. Other improvements include a number of new options in the Windows 8-style settings screen. SkyDrive options are present, which appear to show greater integration and control over device back ups and files. There's also an app settings section that surfaces options to change default apps and information on app sizes." Very welcome improvements - but unless there's significant speed and performance improvements, this is all for naught. Update: Woah, a 50:50 split view! They are listening! Update 2: Steve Troughton-Smith details that the split can be any size, and that you can also split three and four applications.
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RE[2]: In 2013...
by bowkota on Sun 24th Mar 2013 14:47 UTC in reply to "RE: In 2013..."
bowkota
Member since:
2011-10-12

You can say this of any modern mobile platform these days. Look at iOS and "multitasking" and copy/paste, for instance.

Sad, but true.


I did stress the words Desktop OS; quit an important difference.
You're referring to Mobile Operating systems, which were running on single CPU devices at 500MHz until very recently.

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RE[3]: In 2013...
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 24th Mar 2013 14:49 in reply to "RE[2]: In 2013..."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

You're talking about Metro, which is an environment for *mobile*. Windows 8 can do snapping of any size in the desktop.

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RE[4]: In 2013...
by avgalen on Sun 24th Mar 2013 15:16 in reply to "RE[3]: In 2013..."
avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

It is not called Metro but Modern (silly nitpicking)
It is not for mobile but for touch
And desktop cannot snap applications at all to each other. It can only snap applications to the left and right (50%) of the screen. You CAN manually line up windows any way you want but they are not snapped

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RE[4]: In 2013...
by bowkota on Sun 24th Mar 2013 15:17 in reply to "RE[3]: In 2013..."
bowkota Member since:
2011-10-12

You're talking about Metro, which is an environment for *mobile*. Windows 8 can do snapping of any size in the desktop.


So you're all excited about these changes because you'll be able to use them on your tablet. Gotcha!

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RE[4]: In 2013...
by darknexus on Mon 25th Mar 2013 02:32 in reply to "RE[3]: In 2013..."
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

You're talking about Metro, which is an environment for *mobile*. Windows 8 can do snapping of any size in the desktop.

Thom, don't pull that crap. You'd only have a point if Metro was limited to mobile devices. Since it's not, it's forced its way into the desktop whether we like it or not and thus we have every right to judge it by desktop standards. And, by desktop standards, it's a colossal fail.

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RE[3]: In 2013...
by gagol on Sun 24th Mar 2013 23:30 in reply to "RE[2]: In 2013..."
gagol Member since:
2012-05-16

I remember a single CPU computer I had back in the days. It ran 33MHz on "turbo" and yet had graphical interface, copy/paste, multitasking and was capable of displaying more than 4 application at a time.

Everything old is new again... patented with "on a phone". Where is the innovation?

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RE[4]: In 2013...
by Phucked on Mon 25th Mar 2013 10:01 in reply to "RE[3]: In 2013..."
Phucked Member since:
2008-09-24

I remember a single CPU computer I had back in the days. It ran 33MHz on "turbo" and yet had graphical interface, copy/paste, multitasking and was capable of displaying more than 4 application at a time.

Everything old is new again... patented with "on a phone". Where is the innovation?


Aye.. lets not forget the Amiga OS could do that too on a 7mhz CPU with 512KB of ram.

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RE[4]: In 2013...
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 25th Mar 2013 15:00 in reply to "RE[3]: In 2013..."
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

The Screen. Small, high resolution active matrix, capacitive touch, gorilla glass.

The Battery. High storage capabilities, multiple recharge, small size.

The CPU. Powerful, battery sipping.

You could call all of that hardware, but there is a ton of invisible code that makes all of that work together in a cohesive fashion.

Once all of that was brought together it ushered in a new frontier. Where everything that was old and good needed to be ported over. You can cry about how none of it is new, but I prefer to marvel at the whole package and the new possibilities opened up.

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