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    Had a play with it on a desktop after work today but it was pretty hard going. I can see it working OK on a tablet but as a desktop OS if feels too dumbed down and lacking in functionality. Granted you can go back to the 'desktop' view but this feels like it's been bolted on as an afterthought.

    On the plus side the mail/skydrive 'cloud' integration at OS level is a welcome feature.

    Whilst it might help MS fight off Apple's dominance of the tablet market but I can't quite imagine how it's going to fit in with our existing school desktop/laptop infrastructure at the moment! When the Windows Vista/7 beta's were released I started using them on my main desktop at home pretty much straight away but Windows 8 at it stands leaves me wondering if I'll ever want to use it on a desktop?

    Hopefully some of the changes prior to release will make it a bit more desktop friendly
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    Quote Originally Posted by morganw View Post
    It's like XBox Live glued onto Windows 7. I really wasn't expecting it to be so hard to use and disjointed.
    How true. The golden rule of interface design is consistency, something you don't get as it flip-flops between what are effectively two styles of interface. I have a feeling we're going to ignore this release, as we did with Vista.

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    Windows 8 vs iPad


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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    It would be nice if they were in pdf or .docx that I could actually print and read through..

    I find technet is really hard to read with everthing is hyperlinks to the next part..

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    Painfully obvious that watching that windows 8 v Ipad video that windows 8 is designed for tablets, and this is basically windows 7 with tablet features tacked on, optimised for running on lower spec hardware.
    Maybe should've been called windows 7 tablet edition... majority of the new features are useless really for desktops imo.
    Ribbon on file explorer too, actually didn't mind that so much

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    Quote Originally Posted by caffrey View Post
    Ribbon on file explorer too, actually didn't mind that so much
    Ooo forgot that feature! thats 3 improvements now for the desktop... lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by caffrey View Post
    this is basically windows 7 with tablet features tacked on, optimised for running on lower spec hardware.
    Perhaps this video will change you mind?


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    Quote Originally Posted by caffrey View Post
    Maybe should've been called windows 7 tablet edition...
    Vista 2.0.


    What's the difference between Win 8 consumer preview and regular Win 8?

    Are there any missing/locked features?

    Can you use it as a permanent OS replacement?
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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    Vista 2.0.


    What's the difference between Win 8 consumer preview and regular Win 8?

    Are there any missing/locked features?

    Can you use it as a permanent OS replacement?
    It will be time limited like the other CTPs and will also probably be faster than the RTM like 7, 7 CTP/beta flew compared to actual 7 which bloated something horrific so TBH W8 CTP will probably be a better OS than W8 RTM in terms of performance. Stability will go to the RTM though.

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    What a load of s@{t. Time to learn linux then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    It will be time limited like the other CTPs and will also probably be faster than the RTM like 7, 7 CTP/beta flew compared to actual 7 which bloated something horrific so TBH W8 CTP will probably be a better OS than W8 RTM in terms of performance. Stability will go to the RTM though.
    Hmm. Decisions, decisions...

    Downgrade to Vista... or upgrade to Vista 2.0...

    Stability isn't a massive factor. If anything, unstability would force me to become a better tech.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edutech4schools View Post
    What a load of s@{t. Time to learn linux then.
    Say what now?

    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    Hmm. Decisions, decisions...

    Downgrade to Vista... or upgrade to Vista 2.0...

    Stability isn't a massive factor. If anything, unstability would force me to become a better tech.
    It can be helpful, the issues I found in 7 beta were merely cloaked and hidden in the RTM for the most part and took a good 3 months to shake loose after release. I would not call it Vista 2.0 though, TBH I am not a fan of the metro start for mouse users, it stinks of removing the disk drive when 95% of people were still using it but for speed and resource usage as well as all the things that the *nix crowd have been bitching about for the past decade (footprint, universal html5, weirdy gadget things) it is a much more advnced OS than 7.

    I will probably be installing and using it around the beta stage and looking to roll it out around 6-12 months after release school wide unless there are any massive showstoppers. The beta is there for a reason and usually gives you about a year of grace to mess before its really time to get it installed, well unless you are a hold back environment in which case your probably still running XP and always will be at this stage.

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    Does anyone know what the time limit actually is?

    I can't find anything apart from people asking how to remove the time limit from the Dev preview...

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    windows key + R then winver

    jan 15 2013 apparently.

    Perhaps this video will change you mind?

    Nope, I find with win7 i just use the windows key then use the search box to find my applications etc - rarely use the start menu at all now (that or pinned to the task bar)
    why they need a huge flashy set of square icons to do the same task screams tablet.



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