Windows 8 - The War is still on!

Yesterday in California, Microsoft announced the new Windows 8 software. Microsoft have now that Apples iOS and Googles Android platform are the big hits of the past 12months + and they need to keep up. Steve Jobs said we are living in a post PC era and how right he is.





I have looked at videos and read reviews and the Windows 8 platform seems quite impressive. Will it be? or will be be another windows flop with and endless list of bugs and compatibility issues? can Microsoft be that stupid? surely not?

Windows 8 is really designed for touch screen devices even though compatible to desktops, will it have the same effect? or is this more evidence that we have moved into a post PC era?

Image showing windows 8 desktop compatibility mode



Windows 8 has a dual personality too, if you tap the button called desktop, a window which looks the same as windows 7 appears. Impressive? well time will tell.......

(thank you for the guardian for the images)

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Sam Borrett

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Windows 8 - The War is still on!

Demos, this will be a very informative blog I feel. Sam Sam Borrett Performance Coach, Trainer, Real Estate, Mentor, Lawyer, Facilitator, Life Constellations Mentoring4Change Jupiter Properties Pty. Ltd. PO Box 241 Brunswick Heads, NSW, 2483 Australia

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Sam Borrett

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Windows 8 - The War is still on!

Demos, all this techie stuff out of my league. Please keep me informed though. Cheers Sam Sam Borrett Performance Coach, Trainer, Real Estate, Mentor, Lawyer, Facilitator, Life Constellations Mentoring4Change Jupiter Properties Pty. Ltd. PO Box 241 Brunswick Heads, NSW, 2483 Australia

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Ty "Blackturtleneck" Tyson

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Windows 8 - The War is still on!

"In a clarification, a Microsoft executive said applications built to run on the tablet version of Windows 8 won't be compatible with the desktop version of the operating system," Paul McDougall reports for InformationWeek. "The executive also said that the tablet version won't be able run any applications built for previous versions of Windows." "'We've been very clear since the very first CES demos and forward that the ARM product won't run any x86 applications,' said Stephen Sinofsky, president of Microsoft Windows unit, during a meeting with financial analysts Wednesday," McDougall reports. "Windows 8 for tablets runs on devices powered by chips designed by U.K.-based ARM. The desktop version runs on traditional, x86 chips from Intel and AMD." McDougall reports, "Sinofsky's comments came a day after he implied that apps for the tablet and desktop versions of Windows 8 would be cross-compatible. 'The demos we are showing you today are equally at home on ARM or x86,' Sinofsky said, during a keynote presentation at Microsoft's BUILD conference in Anaheim, Calif. But at the meeting with analysts, Sinofsky said cross-compatibility would not be practical because apps need to be optimized to take full advantage of the hardware on which they're intended to run." Source: Information Week. Oops. HUGE and massive lil mess up. He is right in what he says in the last para. But that is the entire point. The illusion of Windows 8 is already shattered

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Demos Flouri

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Windows 8 - The War is still on!

Oh I played with the Android tablet and its cringe worthy        Web - Social Media - Design - Print - Digital Coaching - SEO

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Ty "Blackturtleneck" Tyson

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Windows 8 - The War is still on!

Well it's looking in a better state than Android. They just need to get developers busy and knock it into shape by their release date. *fingers crossed*

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Demos Flouri

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Windows 8 - The War is still on!

Valid points Ty, they are indeed playing catch up, however they have been working on this software for a while, so you never know, they may get something right for once.... time will tell....        Web - Social Media - Design - Print - Digital Coaching - SEO

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Strashimir Yosifov

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Windows 8 - The War is still on!

Microsoft is an indisputable leader on the desktop area. It's problem however is that the importance of the desktop is decreasing in the post PC age. Clouds are everywhere and web applications are pretty OS agnostic. So Windows is less needed on PC. Currently mobile devices follow the trace that the PC have drawn. Desktop like applications are largely used at that time . This is good for Microsoft, because it has a good experience on desktop and should port well known applications. I guess that in the future the web model shall dominate here too, so the importance of the OS won't be so big. Currently iOS is attractive because it is pioneering and has already many users. Android is attractive too, because it is kind of more democratic, open source and has a large industry support. What happens with the others ...? Microsoft possesses enormous resources of course. I am curious to see how shall it use them and what share shall it take from this market.

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Gordon Wheaton

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Windows 8 - The War is still on!

I don't like Windows. I have never liked Windows. Although having a mac book pro, I am intrigued to know how it would work alongside a Mac operating system, as you can have both Regards Gordon

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Stuart Harris

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Windows 8 - The War is still on!

This machine is an HP running Windows 7, which is blessed relief after Vista. The machine in my bag is a MacBook running Snow Leopard. I may get it out later and hook it up to the Mac Cinema display to edit some photos and play some music. I use both operating systems daily. I don't find either of them significantly better. I prefer office applications (word processing, presentations, spreadsheets) on Windows. Microsoft may have been the big, bad, buggy monster of the past but I'm grateful to it for making a computer ecosystem that was accessible and affordable to me,and relatively open, enabling thousands of third-party suppliers to create products and make a living. Some of that Microsoft money even helped Apple stay alive ($170 million in 1997) and billions of it are now being put to charitable use through the Gates Foundation. Futurist What's Now, What's Next

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Mark "Personalised Wine" Goldrich

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Windows 8 - The War is still on!

If Microsoft can make it work, then businesses can start using tablets. It would be a great leap forward. Of course by the time it launches Android and IOS might be doing the same. Mark Goldrich Personalised Champagne | Personalised Wine | Promotional Champagne | Promotional Wine |Corporate Gifts | Staff Gifts Personalised Champagne labels | Personalised Wine labels | Presents | Branded Wine | Events | Wedding Favours | Branded Champagne |

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Ty "Blackturtleneck" Tyson

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Windows 8 - The War is still on!

You can't get a much clearer signal that Microsoft are in trouble. 5 years ago who would have thought they would be playing "catchup" with anyone? (Mac users already knew Windows was years behind but now its patently clear to everyone.) They are taking one step too far with Windows 8. They are trying to second guess Apple who are gradually merging Mac OS X and iOS so that in a few years you will have parity between desktop and mobile OS once mobile hardware catches up and allows it. That time is not now and it isn't next year either. The time will be right when Apple release an iPad Pro running Mac OS X. I think Microsoft are stretching themselves too far. How many developers are going to rewrite their applications for touch when there is yet to be a market for Windows tablets? Saying that W8 looks like it has some good interface ideas and looks quite good on the surface. If you download the dev version to try it however you will see there is some way to go...

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Keith Stoddart

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Windows 8 - The War is still on!

In my humble opinion, Microsoft are good at the techy stuff but they still don't get it do they? If you look at mac and everything mac (or Apple as some prefer to say) they have revolutionised the way we interact with computers. They make it so working with, playing with and generally doing stuff with computers is easy and you don't need to have a degree in computing to use one. To me it looks as though Microsoft are trying desparately to catch up all the time without really sitting down and thinkng about it (let's face it they can afford to). Sometimes to get the best you need to step back, look at it again and start from scratch. Dare I say it.... they have a lot to learn about computer interaction and as that is what people are wanting now they are losing their market share big time. For me anyway, I will stick with Mac (OK, Apple then!) and continue to do what I want to do without having to emulate an IT person (no offence IT people). Apple Mac all the way. Keith Stoddart Pixar Ltd - creating imagery that works www.gogreener.org.uk - making global changes locally www.queensparkrotary.com - giving something back Tel: 0141 616 3322

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