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Wednesday, 17 August 2011 11:00

Microsoft starts Windows 8 spin

Written by Nick Farell


It will cure cancer and bring about world peace
Microsoft has launched a new blog to spin features of Windows 8. As you might expect it is being  billed as the biggest overhaul of the PC operating system since Windows 95.  Invoking Windows 95, which was the point where the GUI OS became truly workable indicates the sort of spin they are going to put on this OS.

The blog does not tell us much yet. Steven Sinofsky, president of Microsoft's Windows and Windows Live group and author of the first blog tells us that Windows 8 reimagines Windows for a new generation of computing devices. Windows 8 will support ARM SoCs expected to include Qualcomm's Snapdragon, Nvidia's Tegra and Texas Instruments' Omap.  It will work better with touch screens as well as keyboard/mouse interfaces and Tablets. It will be able to handle HTML5, Javascript and Cascading Style Sheets and there will be a new new applications model that lets a single app run on ARM- and x86-based systems. There will be compatibility with prior Windows PCs but a new user interface.

In the blog, Sinofsky noted that today more than two out of three PCs are mobile, and nearly all PCs have wireless networking. Screen sizes range from 10-inch to wall-sized screens, storage is exploding and touch-screens have become widespread, he added. Microsoft said it wants to work more closely with OEMs, chip makers and app developers in the Win8 generation.

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0 #1 milkod2001 2011-08-17 11:26
in other words it's W7+slightly nicer interface and added ARM support=good but not great
 
 
0 #2 JAB Creations 2011-08-17 12:55
The only way Windows 8 won't suck is if it's XP + Aero + all the crap disabled by default that the more intelligent of us here disable when we do an install (pagefile, useless animations, useless delays (start menu), Superfetch and half of the Windows services.

Otherwise it's time to install Linux on people's machines. I've seen Microsoft Word refuse to open it's own files and then see LibreOffice (fomerly OpenOffice) open those files without any problem.
 
 
+4 #3 Sodomy 2011-08-17 13:15
Quoting milkod2001:
in other words it's W7+slightly nicer interface and added ARM support=good but not great


well, how is that not a good thing? not much wrong with 7, step in the right direction.
 
 
+1 #4 Sodomy 2011-08-17 13:18
Quoting JAB Creations:
The only way Windows 8 won't suck is if it's XP + Aero + all the crap disabled by default that the more intelligent of us here disable when we do an install (pagefile, useless animations, useless delays (start menu), Superfetch and half of the Windows services.

Otherwise it's time to install Linux on people's machines. I've seen Microsoft Word refuse to open it's own files and then see LibreOffice (fomerly OpenOffice) open those files without any problem.


okay... well you live in the days of nostalgia, and keep thinking that xp is awsome. me, here in the real world, will enjoy my storage drives larger then 137GB on my windows 7 machine.
 
 
+1 #5 milkod2001 2011-08-17 14:22
Quoting Sodomy:
Quoting milkod2001:
in other words it's W7+slightly nicer interface and added ARM support=good but not great


well, how is that not a good thing? not much wrong with 7, step in the right direction.
u did not get mine nor JAB message, I did not say it's wrong, it's good but NOT great and what JAB meant to say was: he want W8 to be simple and fast as XP without AERO and other useless things...
XP can handle drives larger that 137GB, it's some mobos that can't handle drives larger that 2TB,is that what u meant to say?
 
 
-3 #6 SlickR 2011-08-17 15:12
Quoting Sodomy:
Quoting milkod2001:
in other words it's W7+slightly nicer interface and added ARM support=good but not great


well, how is that not a good thing? not much wrong with 7, step in the right direction.

Moron. It will cost you $250 for 1 new feature and few new icons. moron
 
 
+2 #7 Bors Mistral 2011-08-17 15:19
Quoting Nicky F:
...will be able to handle HTML5, Javascript and Cascading Style Sheets...


OMG, I must have it NOAW!!1!
 
 
0 #8 dicobalt 2011-08-17 15:35
I think Win8 is pushing touch interface too much. I can't imagine serious software using it.
 
 
-2 #9 JAB Creations 2011-08-17 17:00
Quoting Sodomy:
will enjoy my storage drives larger then 137GB on my windows 7 machine.



XP supports drives larger than, that was a pretty lame and misleading tactic; XP also supports all the features removed in Vista here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_features_removed_in_Windows_Vista

...and features further removed from 7 here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_features_removed_in_Windows_7

XP is customizable whereas 7 is not.

XP boots to under 200MB of RAM used whereas 7 sucks up 800MB, both clean installs.

You can argue all day that 7 is better but I'm the one who can back what I say up.
 
 
0 #10 master811 2011-08-17 19:06
Quoting JAB Creations:
XP boots to under 200MB of RAM used whereas 7 sucks up 800MB, both clean installs.

You can argue all day that 7 is better but I'm the one who can back what I say up.


Have you actually tried using XP with 256MB of RAM? Perhaps 10 years ago when it first came out maybe, not not anymore with 10 years of updates and Service Packs have added a lot to it.

RAM is cheap, the argument that Win7 uses more RAM is pointless, it may well do, but it also uses RAM far more efficiently than XP did. The whole point of RAM is it is there to be USED! Win 7 is smart enough when to free up RAM and when to use it for apps you commonly use. XP can't!
 

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