Windows 8 really does change everything, it’s mind-blowing

By Tom Warren, on 13th Sep 11 4:04 pm with 153 Comments

Windows 8 Start Screen

Microsoft is welcoming around 5,000 developers to its BUILD conference today to unveil the most significant change in the PC space since Windows 95.

“It’s a launch,” explains Windows chief Steven Sinofsky. “It’s a launch of an opportunity for developers. That’s a lot, it’s a big deal to do today and tomorrow,” he says during an opening address to media and analysts in Anaheim California. You sense the sense of excitement in the room and the realisation that Windows 8 is a really big deal for Microsoft, a deal that cannot go wrong.

“We are very very excited about what we have to do,” says Sinofsky. Microsoft is only at the beginning of its discussions on Windows 8 after kicking off the product planning in June 2009, five months before the release of Windows 7. It’s clear that Microsoft is doing huge amounts of work behind the scenes for Windows 8. Sinofsky highlights the work in Windows 7 as a foundation for the building of Windows 8. “Windows 8 makes windows 7 even better,” he claims before explaining that Microsoft has designed Windows 8 with Windows 7 in mind, everything that runs on Windows 7 runs on Windows 8.

  • Approaching 450,000,000 copies of Windows 7 sold
  • Windows 7 usage greater than Windows XP
  • 1,502 seamless non-security product code changes delivered
  • Internet Explorer 9 is the fastest growing Windows 7 browser
  • 542,000,000 people signing into Windows Live Services

“Windows 8 is a bold re-imagination of what windows could be,” according to Sinofsky. The “re-imagination” starts immediately from when a user switches on their Windows 8 PC. Microsoft has overhauled the Windows lock screen to match its Windows Phone one and it makes the experience functional and simplify beautiful. As you unlock a Windows 8 PC you’re immediately presented with the new Start Screen interface with its bold colors, live tiles and stunning look and feel. The interface replaces the aged Start Menu in Windows and hints at the future of Windows and computing in general. The simple fact that Microsoft has removed the Start Menu and created this unique and compelling interface is an incredibly risky strategy for the company. You immediately understand why Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, described the product at the company’s riskiest bet.

Microsoft isn’t leaving this risk to total chance however. The company has been validating all of the changes with Windows customers. The company showed some consumer research videos where every day folk get a hands on with early copes of Windows 8 and say what they see. “It looks cool,” says one female customer as she describes how she has to search for apps on her current desktop. One college student is excited at the prospect of Windows 8 as she can snap Facebook to the side of the screen during class whilst she uses Excel on the right hand site. The personalisation and customisation of Windows 8 is what will strike at the heart of end users. The experience of setting up a Windows 8 PC turns into an emotional attachment where your data is no longer static and hidden in apps but flows freely from app to app in a beautiful and well thought out way. Microsoft loves the idea of apps but in Windows 8 the company has an opportunity to reimagine how they work with each other.

Some of the most game changing work with Windows 8 arrives in the form of a new application model for developers. Microsoft’s new APIs will let developers share their app data in a secure and managed environment to fellow applications and the operating system as a whole. Microsoft is introducing the idea of “contracts” that app developers virtually sign-up to. The contracts allow developers to take advantage of some of the new features inside Microsoft’s metro interface. Developers from C++ to C# or HTML/CSS and JavaScript will be able to code Windows 8 Metro applications thanks to a set of new Windows RunTime APIs (WinRT). The immersive experience is truly engaging. Every pixel of the screen is reserved for the application, gone are the days of chrome and its status bars and clutter. Microsoft wants apps to shine in Windows 8.

The sea of change in Windows 8 is breathtaking and overwhelming. It’s difficult to understand how Microsoft will pull this off. The company is often accused of not being agile enough to switch directions or truly innovate. That certainly isn’t the case under Sinofsky. The clean and secretive development schedule of Windows 7 and 8 have created a new buzz around Windows. The world is waiting to see and hear what will be unveiled today, a historic day for computing and Microsoft. The software giant will show a number of features that aren’t baked into the developer preview build that attendees will receive but they demonstrate how much work the company is undertaking. This is a bigger vision than Windows Longhorn and a much bigger concept than Windows 95. Windows 8 is simply mind blowing.

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous… cant wait to stop living in the past and get a Windows 8 tablet, galaxytab and iPad just arent cutting it

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous… cant wait to stop living in the past and get a Windows 8 tablet, galaxytab and iPad just arent cutting it

  • luke516

    Cannot. Wait.

  • luke516

    Cannot. Wait.

  • Anonymous

    The new Metro interface is gorgeous. When can I upgrade?

  • Anonymous

    The new Metro interface is gorgeous. When can I upgrade?

  • Anonymous

    The new Metro interface is gorgeous. When can I upgrade?

    • Anonymous

      tonight!!!

    • Frylockns86

      No – not so fast. What’s being released tonight is an unstable developer’s preview. This is not meant for everyday use.

    • http://twitter.com/TroyGates TroyGates

      I will be living on the edge and making it my everyday computer with a dual boot back to Win7 in case its needed.

    • http://twitter.com/Kiewic Gilberto Stankiewicz

      Did you need to go back to windows 7?

    • http://twitter.com/Kiewic Gilberto Stankiewicz

      Did you need to go back to windows 7?

    • http://twitter.com/Kiewic Gilberto Stankiewicz

      Did you need to go back to windows 7?

    • Anonymous

      Win7/Win8 support booting from VHD files. So you can have Win7 in a Virtual PC, but then tell Windows on next reboot to actually boot from that virtual image. I’m not sure editions support this.

    • http://twitter.com/TroyGates TroyGates

      I will be living on the edge and making it my everyday computer with a dual boot back to Win7 in case its needed.

    • Jerry Nixon

      I wonder, how long will it take you to incorporate the Metro design principles in your desktop applications? White text on color. Massive whitespace. Gesture enabled. Pivot and Panorama controls. This isn’t a small change.

  • Armo

    Feels kinda strange… looks as if my WP, but way bigger and with a richer environment. A W8 tablet is definitely on my purchase list, when it comes out.

    • Jinge

      If it can work as an extension of the main PC, I may do the same (like WiFi remote screen, using the touch capacities of the tablet to control the main PC)

    • Jerry Nixon

      Let’s consider the strategy. Zune is released with Metro. The IPod kills it, sure, but it seems to prove that metro is cool and handy. Then Windows Phone has it and Microsoft is unique – even copied by Google and Apple. Then Windows 8 Tablets will look like Metro and, of course, the desktop will have the option. Now we see XBox adopting the Metro UI. Soon, the average household user will have a single UI approach (for the first time ever). Microsoft may have learned something from Apple, but pat-on-the-back for learning it. At last we aren’t embarrassed by the slowless to innovation in Microsoft products, if we were to be honest. At last there is thoughtfulness, bling, and broad consistency.

  • Armo

    Feels kinda strange… looks as if my WP, but way bigger and with a richer environment. A W8 tablet is definitely on my purchase list, when it comes out.

  • Armo

    Feels kinda strange… looks as if my WP, but way bigger and with a richer environment. A W8 tablet is definitely on my purchase list, when it comes out.

  • Anonymous

    Drool. Can’t wait to pair this with my next wp7 phone and my xbox metro.

    Still I’m worried they may be too late as ICS is promising to do the one eco system to rule them all also.

  • Anonymous

    Drool. Can’t wait to pair this with my next wp7 phone and my xbox metro.

    Still I’m worried they may be too late as ICS is promising to do the one eco system to rule them all also.

    • Anonymous

      But can it run any of your legacy win apps? :)

    • Anonymous

      It can run any app that Windows 7 did – but will load in a traditional desktop mode. 

    • Anonymous

      ICS is just bringing Android to tablets and phones in a standardized GUI similar to iOS on phones/tablets.  Win 8 is a top down approach bringing the power of the desktop to a tablet (or other smallish device).  I think MS is on the right path here vs the route Apple and Google are taking.

    • rsgx

      Very much agreed.

      Android has absolutely nothing on Windows, and even less on the MS’s ecosystem. Console, PC, tablet & phones with a common cloud storage solution that works with REAL office tools, and play at the same time.

  • Anonymous

    Drool. Can’t wait to pair this with my next wp7 phone and my xbox metro.

    Still I’m worried they may be too late as ICS is promising to do the one eco system to rule them all also.

  • Anonymous

    When can I have this!

  • Anonymous

    When can I have this!

  • Anonymous

    When can I have this!

  • Guest

    Like it for tablets, but still worried about the desktop functionality. If I don’t have a touchscreen, what am I getting – a new lock screen, initial desktop view, and then jarring transition back to Aero? 

    • Anonymous

      Well — yes. But Aero will not be included on W8, Sinofsky said that it will be replaced by a Metro-like theme.

    • Guest

      Well, that’s somewhat encouraging assuming they do a god job of the Aero>Metro transition. But I still need to see what functionality is there overall if I’m not using a touchscreen.

    • Anonymous

      If you’re not using a touchscreen then it works exactly like win7! (but better!!)

    • Jinge

      Even if you are not using a touchscreen, “maybe” MS thought about giving the same capabilities to touchpads ;)

    • Anonymous

      He didn’t say that. When did he say that?

    • Anonymous

      He didn’t say that. When did he say that?

    • Anonymous

      He didn’t say that. When did he say that?

  • Anonymous

    I think it looks ugly. And the colors hurt me eyes.

    • Anonymous

      it hurts your eyes? stop being ridiculous, and pathetic its not like you are using the real device, its a video.

      and you will be able to customize it. or you can just choose use something else, maybe android? its not like in windows you cant customize icons, background and probably with hacks and time, all the other elements like… always?

    • Anonymous

      I like the internet world where ones opinion gets bashed with words like pathetic.

      I dont like it. As simple as that. The Metro UI Concept is great. The idea is great. It is only Microsoft’s implementation that is the problem.

      And as for color, yes it will look great when you first brought it. But not when you continue to use it. There is an actual element when i say it hurt my eyes. The colors distract you from actual content.

      May be this is a Microsoft site so i shouldn’t speaks too much.

    • http://www.ratdiary.com spragued

      Don’t be afraid to speak your mind — we’re not Apple customers ;-) I like the direction of Windows 8 but agree that the primary colored boxes look a little… under designed. Here’s the thing, though — the Windows ecosystem is adaptable, and I don’t doubt that there will be third party apps that tailor and tweak the UI to make it really shine. So, keep the faith!

    • Ruddevil

      If you are used to Windows since the 3.1 days, you would realize that users get to customize the UI colours to our liking. So if colour the only thing not suitable to you, don’t worry then. This is Microsoft OS we’re talking about. If you don’t like the UI concept, well that’s another thing. We may have to wait until we get the full scope of the new OS skill set to see if it is customizable.

    • Avatar Roku

      Then download apps with tiles that you think look good and put them on the front of your start screen. This is the same thing people don’t get about Windows Phone. You can personalize it and make it look however you like.

    • Prakash Heda

      you must be watching it on ipad, video is that bad on ipad??

    • Jerry Nixon

      To be fair, this is such a dramatic change, it’s bound to drive a lot of people crazy at first. It’s probably most like the Ribbon. Rememeber the Jihad against the Ribbon? Oh man, people hated it. They probably even said it “hurts my eyes”. But where are we now? Ribbons everywhere – what custom application doesn’t incorporate it? Honestly, it just doesn’t take long to appreciate a new UI metaphore based on usability.

      And, iwod, I am sure you can configure the colors. ;)

  • Anonymous

    I think it looks ugly. And the colors hurt me eyes.

  • Frylockns86

    Wow! :O

  • Frylockns86

    Wow! :O

  • Alique Williams

    So what it looks like to me is Silverlight is supplanting WPF as the way to create UI on the desktop?

    • Anonymous

      But they both can use a C# backend. And I’m WPF is still there for the old desktop.

  • Alique Williams

    So what it looks like to me is Silverlight is supplanting WPF as the way to create UI on the desktop?

  • idontdroid

    I want the developer preview so I can dual boot via Bootcamp on Mac.

  • idontdroid

    I want the developer preview so I can dual boot via Bootcamp on Mac.

  • BigChiefSmokem

    ZOMG

    I’m both a web (HTML/JS) and C# developer and the concept of the WinRTL was EXACTLY what I wanted.

    • Anonymous

      I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Really looking forward to it.

    • Anonymous

      I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Really looking forward to it.

  • BigChiefSmokem

    ZOMG

    I’m both a web (HTML/JS) and C# developer and the concept of the WinRTL was EXACTLY what I wanted.

  • http://twitter.com/Pieter_Kroon Pieter Kroon

    Hmmm, the presence of both the metro UI and the old Windows 7-like-UI strike me as quite awkward. I don’t want it to be two things at once, and would like to be done with all the folders. The nice thing about the smart phones is there aren’t many folders to be worrying about… 

    • http://twitter.com/laserfloyd Lewis McCrary

      That’s the beauty of it.  If you don’t want the Win 7 UI with the older layout then you never have to see it.  I rely on folders/files heavily in my work so I will need that UI.  For casual computing I might not ever use it.  Both on one box.  I like that.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly so!

    • http://twitter.com/TroyGates TroyGates

      Use the cloud (Skydrive) to store your files and you won’t need folders. All your documents, music, and photos will be accessible as if they were on your computer with Win8.

  • Anonymous

    WHAT THE FUCK ? ?
    in the apps section where it shows the names of the apps via letters , why is it showing desktops objects like default programs ? ?
    it should show desktop only not objects under desktops

    • http://twitter.com/laserfloyd Lewis McCrary

      Quick access?

    • Anonymous

      Its a SYSTEM WIDE search for all and useful apps. This is a bad thing how?

  • Viipottaja

    How does it all work on a non-TS PC screen?

    • Anonymous

      Like Win7!

    • Anonymous

      Think Windows 7…now times it by 2.

    • Anonymous

      So… Windows 14? :D

  • Anonymous

     I think it is safe to say, the giant has awoken.

  • Anonymous

     I think it is safe to say, the giant has awoken.

    • http://twitter.com/oolong2 oolong2

    • Tom

      Microsoft has an enormous number of developers, especially when compared to a company like Apple.  Thus, Microsoft can produce an enormous quantity of code.

      The problem is that in the old Microsoft, they just got in each others’ way.  Often, multiple teams would produce competing implementations of the same idea.  This was a complete waste of developer time.

      But when you have good leadership at the top (i.e., Sinofsky), then you can actually make the code count by allocating resources intelligently.  So you actually have enough resources to do something like revamp the entire UI across-the-board.  Metro Control Panel, Explorer ribbons, fancy Task Manager, etc. — is there a major part of the UI in Windows that hasn’t changed?

    • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff Kibuule

      I think it’s because former Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie preferred the “survival of the fittest” approach. Each team would develop their own solution to the problem and the “best” one would win. However, usually the actual “best” version would be a combination from all their development teams. But they got rid of him.

      Sinofsky runs a really tight ship. You don’t see a feature until a) he must show it off (like to developers) or b) it’s pretty much feature complete. He’s willing to tell you about the process to get from concept to product, but only after it’s already done.

      And so far he’s batting 1.000 with the successful release of Office 2007 and Windows 7. Here’s to hoping that Windows 8 continues the streak.

    • Jerry Nixon

      Right. For so long Microsoft was the standard in usability and frontend design. Microsoft Office was copied again and again and again by developers and designers who respected Microsoft’s innovation and the time they put into usability testing. Then Apple dethroned them in a wink. But, let’s be honest, we have to give Apple credit – they did us a favor. Kick-started the engine again. Nice.

  • Anonymous

     I think it is safe to say, the giant has awoken.

  • http://twitter.com/oolong2 oolong2

    MIND = BLOWN  Watching the Keynote….

    So many features that my brain can’t keep up…   All I can say is  ”Wow….”

    • Jerry Nixon

      Wholly Moses did you see that Picture Password feature? Let’s see a hacker create a freaking Rainbow Table against that, baby! I know what you mean about waves of features. Incredible.

  • http://twitter.com/oolong2 oolong2

    MIND = BLOWN  Watching the Keynote….

    So many features that my brain can’t keep up…   All I can say is  ”Wow….”

  • http://twitter.com/oolong2 oolong2

    MIND = BLOWN  Watching the Keynote….

    So many features that my brain can’t keep up…   All I can say is  ”Wow….”

  • http://twitter.com/oolong2 oolong2

    MIND = BLOWN  Watching the Keynote….

    So many features that my brain can’t keep up…   All I can say is  ”Wow….”

  • http://twitter.com/oolong2 oolong2

    MIND = BLOWN  Watching the Keynote….

    So many features that my brain can’t keep up…   All I can say is  ”Wow….”

  • http://twitter.com/oolong2 oolong2

    MIND = BLOWN  Watching the Keynote….

    So many features that my brain can’t keep up…   All I can say is  ”Wow….”

  • http://twitter.com/oolong2 oolong2

    MIND = BLOWN  Watching the Keynote….

    So many features that my brain can’t keep up…   All I can say is  ”Wow….”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NZRPL7DK7DFQQO44J5TM4PQLGU Harvey

    I Love Windows!  Love it!

  • NativeFloridian

    The start menu as we know it is gone!  The default interface truly is Metro/Modern!

    It seems that Microsoft truly committed to the new UI, which is a surprise considering their prior behavior (which was perhaps too focused on compatibility).  This puts a lot of pressure on developers to move their applications over to the new UI.

    A couple questions which aren’t clear to me yet.  Are programs running in the Metro UI available via the desktop?  Would they show up on the taskbar?  Can legacy Win32 programs be pinned to the new start screen and accessed within the Metro UI?  Inquiring minds want to know.

    • kimck99

      HI NativeFloridian,

      I was watching the webcase (while trying to work and on a conference call :-) and as far as I could tell, yes, you can ‘pin’ Win32 apps as a tile.  You can a “Apps” group. As to how to get to the app before you can pin it, I might have missed that part, while on a call.

      With regards to the taskbar questions, not sure, I only saw programs that were open on the taskbar but I didn’t see ‘apps’ there.

      As a side note, I think there will be a transitional period where “APPS” may be referred to for say html type apps and “PROGRAMS” for traditional Win32/client applications. Then in the future, it may all be just apps.

    • Anonymous

      I think so, same way the desktop itself is pinned to the start screen!

  • Anonymous

    wow. android feels like a tin can after seeing windows 8.

    • Jerry Nixon

      How could an OS that was just written ever compete with a decade-old kernel with a multi-million install base, an armada of third party tools, a seasoned development framework, an army of proprietary developers and administrators, and an agressive cost-to-feature price point? Let’s be fair, Android is very clever and has things to offer. But, perhaps, what it has most to offer is to remake Microsoft as an innovator once again. Perhaps it already has.

  • http://twitter.com/laserfloyd Lewis McCrary

    I didn’t get much work done… I kept switching over to the video feed to watch.  Some amazing stuff. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=11814278 Chris Woelfel

    Microsoft should have waited when using Vista saying: “The WOW starts now.” because it really just started today!

    • Jerry Nixon

      Yeah, remember that Vista’s slogan was “Smart meet beautiful”? I can’t help but think that slogan would be welcome with Windows 8. Isn’t it strange how “beautiful” Windows 7 was? And here we are, a new UI that almost makes that great Windows 7 UI look … shall we say … a bit weak?

  • http://meercat9.com/ Billy Moffat

    This is what happens when everybody picks on the big kid for a couple of years. No wonder Microsoft has been relatively quiet with new innovations in the last 18 months. The people who foolishly laugh at them are going to look even sillier now.

  • Anonymous

    Do you guys think it might be possible to load on different tablet, like the TouchPad? (prob not, yeah?)

    • Anonymous

      Probably not without tinkering?! My guess is only windows enabled tablets that already support O.S. installation will be capable of immediate loading of the new O.S. Remember most alternate tablet systems (IOS/Android) don’t have easily accessible ROMs for reloading purposes.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NZRPL7DK7DFQQO44J5TM4PQLGU Harvey

      Maybe not on non windows devices like touchpad, but i’m sure on older MS devices ( a device where Windows was before ).  This will help demonstrate how the new Windows can run almost anywhere.  Else why would they let a PUBLIC beta out right now.  They must really have something.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Viki-Maverick/100002523433166 Viki Maverick

    Okay. I am tired of running the metro lookalike app on Windows 7. Please give me the real thing (Windows 8) already.

    • http://twitter.com/TroyGates TroyGates

      In about 4 hours you can download it.

  • http://twitter.com/starksimon Stark

    I’ve watched the Build and read all the articles here. All I can say is… Well I can’t say anything, I jizzed in my pants.

    • Anonymous

      LOL!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1438590646 Michael Spirk

    Windows 8 is just awesome!

    One question though: Can you use it in portrait, too?

    • Anonymous

      Yup! It supports rotation!!

  • Aa

    I love the new UI for tablets. But the productivity desktop workstations are defenitely screwed; i am really not sure how much the loss of old start menu(with search) could be practically replace with this tablet based one.
    The start icon(black) is really really rubbish, color combination between that icon and taskbar(blue) is like 3rd rate mix; i am shocked that nobody in microsoft have worried about that.

    May be i should reserve my judgment till i get the ISO bits.

    • Anonymous

      Probably. From what I saw (on the live stream) it seems like all the power features of win7 are still there for those that wish to use them, but as with any new version you need to look for the new locations!

    • Anonymous

      Colour Combination is the key. And thanks for pointing out productivity issues. But i wont say anymore. Since It would be pathetic to some.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, I think you really should reserve any judgement untill you get to play with it. Seriously, do you REALLY think MS is so stupid to botch the productivity workforce experience? C’mon, they absolutely own and understand the business use better than anyone.

    • Anonymous

      The start screen is searchable — there’s no field to type in but you can just start punching in letters and it will search just the way the current start menu does.

      Also the artwork for the desktop is still temporary afaik. (or at least it better be, bwahaha)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QB54FWZXWYYLG2MAFW4LMC45E4 BIG L..

    I love this… They basically used windows phone 7 as a “Template” for this full blown desktop interface.. This is going to be there way of getting more people to want a windows phone… down the line.. Excellent!!! I love my HD7.. cant wait for this on my comp… 

  • Aa

    i would have put a couple of guys from microsoft to write drivers for iPad and TouchPad and Samsung Galaxy tablets, so that the early previewers and developers can get decent h/w; considering Samsung tablet is not available for sale, may be the Slate7 would help but the cost is too damn high

    • Anonymous

      Get the Asus Transformer (win7 version), or the Acer Iconia W500, or the Dell Inspiron Duo. There are quite a number of suitable Win7 Slates available on the market right now that will suffice for demo-ing/trial-ling Win8 right now! Sure they won’t have all the full set of gizmos that the Build tablet has, but they will sure do for those wishing to use it right away.

      I’m sure all the people that laughed at the OEM’s producing ‘poor’ Win7 tablets/slates won’t be laughing soon enough!

    • Tom

      You might be able to do that for a system that’s a derivative of one of the supported ARM chipsets.  But you can’t do that on these one-off tablets.

      Essentially, the ARM world is so integrated that porting to a new chipset would require a new HAL.  It’s not just a matter of a few drivers.

  • http://w1ngnut.myopenid.com/ w1ngnut

    Seriously, this is mind blowing!

  • Anonymous

    I bet sales of the Acer Iconia, Asus Transformer, Dell Inspiron Duo are going to take off like mad!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NZRPL7DK7DFQQO44J5TM4PQLGU Harvey

      i’m going to get one today :)

  • Guest

    It is mind blowing – how much it’ll fail! HAHAHAHAHAHA. Who the Hell wants metro or the Ribbon!? No one! And that tablet? Too many complications! If it can’t be done with ONE button no one wants it! HAHAHAHA

    • Guest

      Just read the comments form CNN:

      “Good, another reason that i ditched MS long ago and partnered with Apple. apple absolutely RULES!!”

      “Typical Microsoft stupidity. The try to please everybody and wind up
      pleasing nobody. And all the extra crap will take longer to load
      because the executable software will be HUGE.”

      “Once again, Microsoft demonstrates their inability to design a decent
      user interface. This is like Windows Phone 7 – for retards.”

      “Live long and prosper XP This will always be the version I have on my PC.”

      It’ll FAIL! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! No one likes it now. Herar that? That’s the sound of iPad sales going through THE ROOF! HAHAHAHA!

    • Anonymous

      FOOOOOOOOOOL.

    • Anonymous

      STUUUUUUUUUUUUPID.

    • Guest

      Hey, Winblows 8, say hello to the Kin Vista and Zune for me! HAHAHAHAHA! My iPad and MacBook send their regards! Oh, and that sound you ask? THat’s people jumping ship by the dozens and buying iPads and MacBooks! That’s for helping out Apple’s bottom line! Maybe you nto such a fail afterall! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    • Anonymous

      lol butthurt

    • Anonymous

      lol butthurt

    • Guest

      THis is the best one! “Oh more Microjunkware!!!! I have to thank Microsoft for giving
      me the finale push to Linux with GUI……. Hopefully everyone else will
      move that way and finally shut Microsoft down, they have become what
      they started fighting and that is another IBM pushing everyone around!  ”

      HAHAHAHAHA. Oh, God this si so hard not to laugh at. Thank God I don’t have a drink inf ront of me! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      “People did not want Windows 8 we are fine with XP. Microjerks screwed
      over Vista, oh I mean the entire PC community. When they came out with
      that crappola. Then you came out with windows 7 have to buy new
      everything. Then windows 8 now, Micromorons you do realize its a PC not a
      goddam Xbox people will not be a new pc every year. You criminals.

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    • Frylockns86

      I hope you enjoy talking to yourself. No one is listening to you. After I post this reply I can simply minimize your nonsense. C-ya!

    • http://twitter.com/TroyGates TroyGates

      The funny thing is everything he said, people said with Win7, Vista, Win2000, Win98, Win95…

      From today “… Windows 7 sold more than 450 million licenses…”.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t believe that # for a second. It’s all lies.

    • Dlf_oki_2011
  • Anonymous

    Speechless…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Viki-Maverick/100002523433166 Viki Maverick

    Can I borrow your Windows 8 tablet to jailbreak/root/sync my iOS/Android tab?

  • Anonymous

    Can we install the Preview on Xoom or anyother Tablet? Does anybody know?

    • Guest

      not right now.. they are only releasing x86/64 versions of the dev preview tonight..

  • Anonymous

    I am in love!

  • Owais_503

    how do u close apps on the metro ui

  • guest

    where can i watch recorded video of build conference?

  • http://twitter.com/JayminR12 Jaymin

    It`s got better…Pretty cool  :)

  • Anonymous

    A standing ovation for Microsoft.  If this doesn’t change the game their marketing department isn’t doing their job right.

  • Anonymous

    WinFAIL.

  • Anonymous

    To me I dont think of this new Start Menu as a completely new UI. I think of it as Microsoft giving us a more immersive and escaping experience from using the Legacy desktop all the time. They have taken the attention off of the static icons that they have been trying to get away from (i.e WP7). They haven’t really just overlayed the Metro UI on top of the Desktop they have just taken the philosophy from WP7 and put into the Desktop OS. Their philosophy is ”To take the comsumers away from the cluttered UI and bring them to the most logical place to not only search for programs but interact with them in a completely intergated and immersive way” and they are implementing it well, i.e The Start Menu which they are calling it.
     
    On my computer I rarely look at the Desktop UI at all because I am either on the internet or into another program. To have another, not UI, but added experience in the mix with the Desktop UI the comsumer can focus more on the application and what they are doing rather than looking at/searching through a static row of icons. They are taking that philosophy and implementing it throughout their entire ecosystem. It is not in the same way that iOS or Android is doing by giving the user a similiar if not slightly different experience from their mobile OS but rather giving the user an entire OS with a immersive experience. Microsoft has left no one out of the equation because they are still giving Win8 the option to run all of the Legacy apps that would normaly run on the Win7 OS.
     
    Their Metro Philosophy is being implementing throughout the entire ecosystem but in entirely different ways. Windows Phone 7′s entire UI is immersing you into the “Start Menu” without having anything legacy to go back to. They have taken the entire experience away from being a Desktop on a phone to implementing the Metro language throughout the entire OS. With the Xbox they have taken all the previous menu and options and giving the user a completely new experience with the Metro Philosophy, which is intergration and less clutter is a better way to navigate. BING, Hot,mail, and Skydrive are getting a entire makeover as well with the Metro Philosophy.
     
    So to the consumers this is a win, Win8 experience that Microsoft is giving everyone. I can only imagine what else they have to show us before and after the Win8.

  • Anonymous

    It looks stunning but what about x86 program backward compatibility on ARM architecture? I have a ton of old progs that I would love to port to a Tablet but I am afraid they will not work. Can anyone enlighten me. Still great work MSFT.

    • Anonymous

      I highly doubt x86 versions will run on ARM. But over time they might be updated with to work on ARM or rewritten.

  • Santanu Roy

    It looks fancy just like a mobile OS but I bet using this type of touch concept would be very hectic for heavy users who use a PC for 9-10 hours a day. They would get tired moving around their hand over the screen all the day unless they consider this concept as a hand exercise :). Touch concept cannot be a replacement of a normal desktop PC.

  • Eli

    Can someone please explain to me how you close an app with the new ap switcher?

  • Guest

    Hi…! DON’T READ THIS message! Too much applications at starting. It’s necessary a option for choose or explain the favorite applications before/during the instalation. I really want to change the green background, it’s so boring. I saw a really nice ‘touch-dream-scene’ with a fish on the web (Youtube) before it was censured by Microsoft. I dissapoint see the start button on Windows Desktop :( I know that it’s a pre-beta… in general terms, Windows 8 it’s amazing :) Sorry for my english… 30 minutes trying to express myself :S

  • Guest

    Hi…! DON’T READ THIS message! Too much applications at starting. It’s necessary a option for choose or explain the favorite applications before/during the instalation. I really want to change the green background, it’s so boring. I saw a really nice ‘touch-dream-scene’ with a fish on the web (Youtube) before it was censured by Microsoft. I dissapoint see the start button on Windows Desktop :( I know that it’s a pre-beta… in general terms, Windows 8 it’s amazing :) Sorry for my english… 30 minutes trying to express myself :S

  • Guest

    Hi…! DON’T READ THIS message! Too much applications at starting. It’s necessary a option for choose or explain the favorite applications before/during the instalation. I really want to change the green background, it’s so boring. I saw a really nice ‘touch-dream-scene’ with a fish on the web (Youtube) before it was censured by Microsoft. I dissapoint see the start button on Windows Desktop :( I know that it’s a pre-beta… in general terms, Windows 8 it’s amazing :) Sorry for my english… 30 minutes trying to express myself :S

  • Guest

    Hi…! DON’T READ THIS message! Too much applications at starting. It’s necessary a option for choose or explain the favorite applications before/during the instalation. I really want to change the green background, it’s so boring. I saw a really nice ‘touch-dream-scene’ with a fish on the web (Youtube) before it was censured by Microsoft. I dissapoint see the start button on Windows Desktop :( I know that it’s a pre-beta… in general terms, Windows 8 it’s amazing :) Sorry for my english… 30 minutes trying to express myself :S

  • Guest

    Hi…! DON’T READ THIS message! Too much applications at starting. It’s necessary a option for choose or explain the favorite applications before/during the instalation. I really want to change the green background, it’s so boring. I saw a really nice ‘touch-dream-scene’ with a fish on the web (Youtube) before it was censured by Microsoft. I dissapoint see the start button on Windows Desktop :( I know that it’s a pre-beta… in general terms, Windows 8 it’s amazing :) Sorry for my english… 30 minutes trying to express myself :S

  • Mr Misa_cnls

    When when will beta of windows 8? come out

  • Mr Misa_cnls

    When when will beta of windows 8? come out

  • https://profiles.google.com/116073748054291541228/posts Techy8789

    “Microsoft is welcoming around 5,000 developers to its BUILD conference today to unveil the most significant change in the PC space since Windows 95.”
    No, this is the biggest change since the beginning of Windows

  • Release1

    The UI is certainly not innovative. But they must have invested enormous amount of effort in legacy applications compatibility and testing.  

  • Anonymous

    If I’m honest, it looks underwhelming.