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  • Microsoft launches Windows 8 developer preview

    Pretty big news out today. Starting at 8PM PT this evening, you can download a free copy of the Windows 8 developer preview for free.
    Engadget has a bunch of posts, as do many other sites I'm sure, but I'm too busy with work today to search for more.
    Check these out:

    Windows 8 developer preview: when and where to download

    Microsoft launches Windows 8 developer preview

    Windows 8 for tablets hands-on preview (video)

    And this is a pretty good one worth a read:
    Windows 8 details: new features, UI enhancements and everything in between
    Just remember the final build is a ways off, so even more updated items may be included.
    Some that caught my attention:
    --All Windows 7 applications will run natively on Windows 8 (so all our recent games won't have compatibility problems :icon12: )

    --Refreshed Windows Task Manager suspends apps when they're not running on-screen (frees up RAM and resources. just hope you can turn the feature off and on so the apps you want always running can stay on)

    --New "Reset and Refresh PC" functions enable simplified system wipe and restore (holy crap!!!! does this mean I don't have to reinstall windows every 6 months or so to keep it super fresh and get the most out of my games ?!? can't wait to find out)

    --Multi-monitor support now enables a single background across screens, as well as monitor-specific task bars (those of us with multi-monitor set ups just grinned ear to ear. if you are reading this and you don't run multi-monitor, stop now and go order a 2nd screen. you'll never go back and hate every moment you are stuck working on someone else's computer with only 1 screen.)

    --Built-in antivirus software will ship in Windows 8 (good thing, but I see an anti-trust suit from companies like Norton and Avast, etc.)

    --There will not be a different edition of Windows 8 for tablets, and presumably, not for Media Centers either
    It's unclear how many "editions" (Home, Professional, Ultimate, etc.) of Windows 8 there will be (there better be only 1, maybe 2. I'm crossing my fingers that MS learned from their mistakes with Vista and 7 and the anger/frustration/confusion feedback they got from their customers)

    Edit:
    Also, a quick article with video from Anandtech:
    Microsoft BUILD: Windows 8, A Pre-Beta Preview

    If you guys see any other articles with more info, please post so we can all keep up, and I'll do the same.
    And if anyone gets a chance to download and give it a run, please post some feedback. Screenshots are AWESOME!!:icon_lol:
    And even better is installing a game and testing. Looks like I need to start bookmarking links for a new Mega-Thread Guide for Windows 8..................

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    Re: Microsoft launches Windows 8 developer preview

    It has actually been available for a few hours...

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/br229516

    Tried loading on a VM via VMWare and ran into errors trying to install. I seem to be having better luck with VirtualBox as I've gotten further in the install then I did with VMWare. Still currently installing.

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      Re: Microsoft launches Windows 8 developer preview

      Install finished fine with VirtualBox. Playing with it a bit now. Being an Android guy and not a Windows Phone 7 guy the GUI changes are going to take some getting used to.

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        Re: Microsoft launches Windows 8 developer preview

        Gizmodo got some hands on time with a demo tablet and has a good video:
        Windows 8 Slate Hands On: It’s Fantastic. (But Don’t Sell Your iPad.)

        I'm still not completly sold on the Metro interface and tiles, but as the very end of the video shows, there is still a desktop just like the one we all use now for when you want it, or you don't like Metro.

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        • #5
          Re: Microsoft launches Windows 8 developer preview

          Engadget just posted a really long "preview" of the Dev Build. Lots of info, a good video, and a TON of pictures.
          Just got home and started looking at the article. I'll edit if anything cool................

          Link:
          Windows 8 on a laptop in-depth preview (video)

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            Re: Microsoft launches Windows 8 developer preview

            Please post reviews!

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              Re: Microsoft launches Windows 8 developer preview

              --Built-in antivirus software will ship in Windows 8 (good thing, but I see an anti-trust suit from companies like Norton and Avast, etc.)
              It's likely MS will just preload MSSE (Microsoft Security Essentials). I don't see this as a bad thing as MSSE is proven to be a great (free) AV program and I don't see Norton and Avast and others filing any anti-trust suits against MS for such an action. I'm sure they'll still leave enough legal workarounds where OEMs can choose to replace the included anti-virus with a competitor's.

              Downloading it overnight here. Will mess with it in VM later in the week when I'm not jumping through hoops and juggling a gazillions things.


              Edit:

              Watching that Engadget video. Off the bat, I hope the final release doesn't force Metro onto us who prefer a traditional desktop. If it does, then I'd rather stick with Windows 7 or switch over to one of many flavors of Linux permanently.

              Hmm, very "simplistic" in that the focus is towards everyday users. That's fine, but as a power user and heavy multitasker, the mobile-ish interface is going to prove a pain.

              Don't kill me, but remember the iPad joke? Yeah, the one that goes:

              "The iPad: Just a bigger iPod Touch."

              Well, the same seems to apply here (at least in my mind):

              "Windows 8: Just Windows Mobile on the Desktop."

              I can already feel the rage stirring inside of me, so without further ado...

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                Re: Microsoft launches Windows 8 developer preview

                I read somewhere that the tiles layout is optional on desktop, I hope so too!

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                  Re: Microsoft launches Windows 8 developer preview

                  Same, read you can choose a regular desktop if you want.


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                    Re: Microsoft launches Windows 8 developer preview

                    So I'm still going to have to have a spare HD running winXP to run my old games and some stuff from like, 4 years ago. Still.

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                      Re: Microsoft launches Windows 8 developer preview

                      As said above, you can use a normal desktop full time and never even look at/use the metro tiles if you don't want.
                      CNET just posted this a few hours ago:
                      Benchmark tests offer first hints of Windows 8 performance

                      Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-...#ixzz1YRzb39di


                      Short video but 2 things (maybe 1) is how fast the info from a tile pops up, and how fast the desktop pops up when you click on that tile.
                      Also really like the new task manager.

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                        Re: Microsoft launches Windows 8 developer preview

                        Here is an interesting video strait from MS talking about the boot functions:
                        How Windows 8 Makes Booting Up Pretty for the First Time in PC History

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