Windows 8 at the rAge 2012 expo: A warm welcome
While I was making my way through the awesomeness that was the rAge expo this past weekend, I stopped and spent some time watching people mill through the Windows 8 stand at Telkom's booth, noting their reactions to the new OS and how quickly they adapted to working with the new Modern UI. What I found was surprising, so much so that I went to have a chat with the Microsoft rep managing the booth, Ashley Doherty (sadly, not any relation to Shannon). Now, I've been using Windows 8 on my main PC for the last three months - two of those on the consumer preview, one month on the release preview and for the past week I've had the RTM version as my only boot option, so I'm pretty comfortable with it so far.
Also, Windows 8 is awesome, guys! Every single performance gripe I've been having with Firefox has disappeared!
Looking a lot more solid.
I hate sounding like a hypocrite... but yes I do like it.
MARK MY WORDS!, MS is gearing up for something way better... something virtual.
and android device's were part of the trigger.
1 to 2 years from now digital rabbit by the ears.
Last edited by Legion; 12-10-2012 at 10:16 PM.
For people who truly needs the start button and want to avoid the metro style.
I bought a laptop recently when I was in the US. It's a really decent laptop and I got that pamphlet which said I qualify for a Windows 8 Pro upgrade for next to nothing (think it's like R125). Do I just simply register and then I can buy a Windows 8 Pro key for that price? Windows 8 does look really good and I am interested in trying it out.
I'm not completely won over yet. I've been using it for a little while now, and I'm just not that impressed. Sure the speed is incredible, but the interface feels 'unnatural'. I own both a desktop and an apple laptop, and I prefer mac os to windows8 by a mile. Windows 7 was incredible, and I'm sure win8 will grow on me...but wether or not it grows like a fungus or a fond dream is still up in the air.
ps. Win 8 as a mobile platform will find in nigh impossible to overtake iOS. People tend to forget that iOS doesn't just power iPhones, it also powers iPads and iPods, and with over a 100million iPad users alone, well...MS has to do the impossible to catch up.
Rumour: No Service Pack 2 for Windows 7
With Windows 8 abandoning the traditional method of Microsoft rolling out service packs for their operating systems, its only natural that the company continues on and cancels any future service packs for Windows 7 users. At this stage its only another rumour spreading around on the internet, but it makes more sense, given that years ago the company announced that future service packs would not introduce new features. Windows 7 didn't receive any new features either, as SP1 contained only bug fixes and patches, suggesting that Microsoft feels the outgoing OS is now feature-complete.
Besides, WP7.8 still plugs into the same services as WP8, WART and Windows 8. Its just the apps made available for the platform that might be restricted. Its the same problem with Android handsets, so I don't think there's too much to complain about.
Last edited by Wesley; 25-10-2012 at 02:21 PM.
@brazed: I don't really see MS as trying to compete with Apple on this front, though. Well, not actually making an attempt to compete, at least. If they do want to compete, then they're going about it the wrong way. Windows Phone 8, Windows RT and Windows 8 are all different operating systems, designed for different hardware. The problem with this is that developers then can't push out an app to all three platforms. It's daft, if you ask me.
WP7 has had a long enough road to get to where it currently is, and now they're starting it all over again, on three entirely new platforms. I read that W8RT doesn't even have a Twitter or Facebook app yet.
It is certainly Microsoft's fault for not thinking forward and designing two completely unique OSes within the space of two years. They went in with WP7 as a demo for Metro, but touted it as their new big thing, only to drop it now in favour of a mobile OS that's actually not a pain in the arse to develop for. They should've gone this route from the beginning and not wasted everyone's time.
I think the entire tech industry is actually following Intel's Tick-Tock model - release something as a "Tock" to test the waters and get people interested and invested in the product, with the "Tick" improving the original idea and making things better all-round. Mark my words, WP8's successor will be here and changing everything again (arguably for the better) in two year's time.
I will stick with Windows 7 for as long as possible... until M$ releases a better PC focused OS. Windows 8 is crap.
Windows 8 Live launch coverage
Today Microsoft is launching its latest baby, Windows 8, to the world from a special event held in New York. I'll be bringing you up to speed with all the reveals and possibly even some new details, if there are any left. Make sure you stay here on NAG Online and keeping hitting that F5 button!
From my launch coverage:
And I have to add that, as a long-time Windows user, gamer and computer enthusiast, I was one of the largest supporters of sticking to Windows 7 after I first heard about 8. While your mileage may vary, I've certainly found that this is better, for me, than Windows 7. And you really should give it a try, learn how Modern UI changes the way you do things for the better and see for yourself why its better. It may not be better when it comes to outright performance, but the way it approaches connectivity, the cloud and social networks isn't anything I was ready for.
In fact, its everything I've been waiting for. But this is more than just a software launch. Its a services and hardware launch, a sign of a change in the course that Microsoft is steering itself along and a change of how the industry works and operates. There's no going back now.
I just bought my upgrade key for Windows 8 for a mere R125 for the special promotion thing someone mentioned earlier in the thread. R125 for Windows 8 is reasonable enough to warrant an upgrade on my laptop.
I realized though that Windows 8 doesn't support my printer (Lexmark X3650), it scans but it just won't print. Hopefully Lexmark will release Windows 8 drivers and I'll be super happy.