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Title: Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Post by: John on April 05, 2012, 09:37:55 AM
So, has anyone else screwed around with the beta for the newest version of Windows?  I have to say, I am thoroughly unimpressed by the two-UI model.  The most fantastic thing is that, at least in the Consumer Preview, you can't disable Metro.  What does this mean?  My netbook, which has a 1024x600 screen, can't run ANYTHING in Metro.

It seems like it might be a fantastic setup for a tablet or a phone.

Not my PC, though.
Title: Re: Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Post by: dyeager on April 05, 2012, 11:30:46 AM
I've messed with it some and done some minor amount of dev work with the Metro/Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) platform - I'm really surprised by it in a bad way. Typically if Microsoft does one thing right, it is developer tools and platforms, but it's... I dunno. It's a little bit hairy.

As Ballmer said: "DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8To-6VIJZRE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8To-6VIJZRE)
Title: Re: Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Post by: Annubis on April 05, 2012, 01:38:54 PM
Yeah, from what I've seen Windows 8 is trying to ride the cellphone and tablet bandwagon and really didn't consider what people wanted on their desktop =/
My first impressions were so bad, I don't even want to waste time trying the beta.
Title: Re: Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Post by: Ashton on April 05, 2012, 05:18:59 PM
The Metro UI is not a good fit for a non-tablet computer. MS is really shooting themselves in the foot here - it might be even worse than the Vista debacle.
Title: Re: Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Post by: Eusis on April 05, 2012, 11:07:31 PM
The Metro UI is not a good fit for a non-tablet computer. MS is really shooting themselves in the foot here - it might be even worse than the Vista debacle.

A rapid release of Windows 9 as an apology?

Yeah, it's completely imbecilic to TRY to make everything uniform like this across multiple devices. What works for one doesn't work for another, I don't want to control my computer like it were a PS3 or something afterall.
Title: Re: Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Post by: ZeronHitaro on July 30, 2012, 04:09:45 PM
Both Steam and Blizzard have come out publicly and basically said 'Windows 8 sucks and is bad for the gaming environment'. So if you were wanting to get a new computer recently you better do it before they make W8 'standard' with all new systems. XP
Title: Re: Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Post by: Mickeymac92 on July 30, 2012, 05:43:30 PM
Both Steam and Blizzard have come out publicly and basically said 'Windows 8 sucks and is bad for the gaming environment'. So if you were wanting to get a new computer recently you better do it before they make W8 'standard' with all new systems. XP

Ugh, and I probably am gonna need a new comp by this time next year. :( Might be too late, then...
Title: Re: Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Post by: Eusis on July 30, 2012, 05:54:21 PM
I think they mainly hate what Windows 8 represents for Microsoft moving forward, you remove that and far as I can tell it's pretty much an out and out improvement with a few quirks you'll just have to roll with.
Title: Re: Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Post by: Chronix112 on July 30, 2012, 06:22:31 PM
Seems like Microsoft fucks up every other generation of operation systems. People liked XP....they dropped the ball with Vista. Most people like 7, and it seems like they are dropping the ball hard on 8.
Title: Re: Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Post by: Eusis on July 30, 2012, 07:52:03 PM
Then ME... good god ME.

I don't think this will actually be an AWFUL OS though, most people report that desktop works much nicer, and Metro stuff is easy enough to roll with once you wrap your head around it. But that doesn't keep it from being terrible in a way unique to it, in this case the implied intention of switching to a closed environment, and failing that the attempt at making the new UI the same regardless of platform.
Title: Re: Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Post by: MeshGearFox on July 30, 2012, 08:37:17 PM
I still use XP for everything.
Title: Re: Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Post by: dyeager on July 30, 2012, 08:47:14 PM
I think the level of fail in Windows 8 is exaggerated.

But it is not very good either.
Title: Re: Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Post by: Yoda on July 30, 2012, 08:49:28 PM
http://youtu.be/1TtGQnyPZ6g
Title: Re: Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Post by: Mickeymac92 on July 30, 2012, 09:22:45 PM
I still use XP for everything.

So do I, at least for now. =P
Title: Re: Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Post by: Ashton on July 30, 2012, 09:49:03 PM
Both Steam and Blizzard have come out publicly and basically said 'Windows 8 sucks and is bad for the gaming environment'. So if you were wanting to get a new computer recently you better do it before they make W8 'standard' with all new systems. XP

Ugh, and I probably am gonna need a new comp by this time next year. :( Might be too late, then...
Build one and use your existing Windows 7 code.
Title: Re: Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Post by: John on July 30, 2012, 09:55:13 PM
I still use XP for everything.

So do I, at least for now. =P

7 really is worth it, especially considering DX11.  I actually don't like swapping from my home computer (Win7) to my work computer (WinXP).
Title: Re: Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Post by: Mickeymac92 on July 30, 2012, 10:25:30 PM
Oh, I'll probably upgrade to Windows 7. I've used it a couple times at a friend's house. It seems pretty neat. Better than Vista at least (my laptop that I gave to my mom, who then gave to my bro, who then threw it in a closet...used Vista). It just depends on what the computer shop down the street has, though they usually have some good variety.

As for Building a PC, I have to upgrade everything, my comp's so out of date, and then I don't really see the point, I may as well just get a totally new machine.
Title: Re: Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Post by: Eusis on July 30, 2012, 10:34:07 PM
Better than Vista at least (my laptop that I gave to my mom, who then gave to my bro, who then threw it in a closet...used Vista)

Incidentally, if you wanted to test the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 this would make for a fantastic test subject. Doubly so if it was running like shit.