Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Jun 2013 16:41 UTC
Windows Microsoft has released the Windows 8.1 preview for download, but they region-locked it to 13 specific languages, and Dutch is not one of them. So, even though my Surface RT has been completely and utterly English from the day I bought it, I can't install Windows 8.1 and tell you something about it. Those of you who can download it, why don't you tell us what it's like - or you can head to The Verge who got early access. In case you couldn't tell, I'm a little annoyed that we're arbitrarily being left out once again.
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judgen
Member since:
2006-07-12

Flat is in right now, trends will shift and it will be out again soon enough. But i agree it is not as pleasing as any of the previous iterations from 3.0 onwards to me.

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TemporalBeing Member since:
2007-08-22

Flat is in right now, trends will shift and it will be out again soon enough. But i agree it is not as pleasing as any of the previous iterations from 3.0 onwards to me.


Only a trend for Microsoft. Android certainly isn't following it, and IMHO, Android (2.3 and 4.x) both look a lot better than Win8's flat style does.

The problem MS had was that all their neat graphical stuff they did for Aero didn't work well for performance in the mobile space. So rather than fix their performance functions (which KDE4 on similar devices seems easily able to accomplish) they just gutted it all out and said "flat is the new trend", trying to jump start a Fashion wave because they want to be like Steve Jobs, only they aren't.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Android is certainly flat, have you looked at Holo? Maybe not extremely flat like Windows Phone, but it is flat.

iOS7 also incorporates many of the guiding principals of minimalist flat design. So does OSX to an extent.

Then there are the endless applications (a lot of them on iOS too) which utilize flat design very well.

Microsoft certainly isn't the only one.

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