Windows 8 previewed, new touch-oriented UI shown off

By Julio Franco
Jun 2, 2011
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  1. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 752   +12

    What does Bill Gates have to do with anything?
  2. nigel

    nigel Newcomer, in training Posts: 24

    Looks good, but knowing Microsoft it will be slow and full of bugs for at least a year and will involve a technology refresh for users. Could this be another "Ribbon" change, where older users especially hate the feature (in Office 2007) and by Office 2010 whilst its there the default is not to be in your face!

    Looks like I will skip Windows 8, and hope that Ubunto or Chrome OS gets something that works!
  3. Tablets: Apple has a rival. Desktops: Oh well. Windows 7 works fine anyway.
    I
  4. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,045   +37

    Wow, some *****ic guests posting in here today. More features is always a plus, as long as you have the ability to choose or remove. This is where Apple usually fails.
  5. blimp01

    blimp01 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 157

    well said, ill for sure get this as long as i can remove everything and get it down to 20 processes
  6. Michael Schmidt

    Michael Schmidt Newcomer, in training

    This looks like groundbreaking stuff! Only thing is that Ubuntu's Unity desktop already broke the ground.
  7. This is very disturbing. It is too early to pass a judgement but from what I can see this could easily be passed off as an upgrade for Windows 7 (a bit like what Windows ME was to Windows 98).

    This latest UI seems to add a new layer of abstraction to the existing OS, which in turn strips the users of the kind of control we are used to, this is exactly what distinguished us PC users from the Mac Kids. I am truly disappointed at the direction Microsoft has chosen to go down. This is nothing more than an attempt to grab hold of everything *spanning from an 8inch tablet to a complete pc*
  8. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    If the final release is anything like what I've just seen, I'm buying myself a full copy the second its released.

    I'm seriously, seriously that impressed with it (considering its early in development)..... Not bad for a die hard Linux fan! :haha:
  9. as usual, companies would rather develope things to sell to new people rather than fix or make tools for power users that loyally buy X copies.
    ..that's why the Simpsons movie sucked, they dumbed it down for everyone.

    Thanks for devolving the OS[/sarcasm].
  10. "looks liek a gimmick"

    You're right, WTF were they thinking We should make the next gen Windows 8 app look like this instead:

    http://www.desktoplinux.com/files/article100/coexistence.jpg
  11. "Could this be another "Ribbon" change, where older users especially hate the feature "

    You're right, we should make sure all FUTURE apps look exactly like this (to keep older users in mind)

    http://www.gag.com/~bdale/talks/2002/dcc/debian/KDE1_with_kworldclock_and_psk31_circuit_diagram.jpg

    How dare a software company try and think of something NEW, we should be thinking OLD instead!

    ILikeMyOsAllOldLookingAndStuff (TM)
     
  12. Phantombadger

    Phantombadger Newcomer, in training Posts: 32

    I Tried this with my monitor and I couldnt get the touch interface to work in W7. OH WAIT! I like 99% of PC DESKTOP owners dont have touch screens. too bad Honeycomb is a brilliant OS for tablets now. Windows is late to the party again. Anyone else notice how its a slight variation on MCE. I have W7 and am happy,gonna stick with it for a long time.
  13. looks like my android phone, so if this has anything to do with nokia, then i guess they are on the right track. But, making a portable device gui to play well on desktop doesn't seem to work (the new lion seems dumb that way as well, not to mention Ubuntu unity) FAIL for all 3.
  14. I'm pretty sure that this interface will appeal to the vast majority of desktop users who maybe just want to use the pc for media purposes. Most of the people I know are not very comfortable using the computer because its too confusing for them. This just makes it friendlier for non-computer enthusiasts. It still has everything that Programmers and the like would need.
  15. tw0rld

    tw0rld TechSpot Maniac Posts: 609   +6

    I think this is a great step for Microsoft, and the future of computing. I have never anticipated an OS release. This one I am looking forward to.
  16. Good idea, but wonder how this will work with traditional desktop pc most ppl have.
    Touchscreen desktop aint going mainstream for long time.

    Now from what I am seeing basically Windows 8 going to be same interface as Windows 7 for normal desktop users(mouse/keyboard) just more refined and added functionality and fixes.

    But for an early build looks great.
  17. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,575   +47

    There's no chance this could be meant for "traditional" desktops, in my opinion. Just try hanging your arm over your desk for 5 minutes and you can see how uncomfortable it is. It's far better to rest the arm down and have a hand on the mouse.
  18. Arm ... desktop ..... Windows8 .... I see where you're coming from Watson, Keep up the Good work.


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