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Microsoft Corp's Windows 95 truly reinvented the PC experience and revolutionized the PC industry back sixteen years ago in 1995. This week Microsoft opened up Windows 8 development blog and said that its next-generation Windows 8, which will be available for public testing in the coming months, will be as revolutionary as the legendary Windows 95.

"So much has changed since Windows 95 - the last time Windows was significantly overhauled - when the 'desktop' metaphor was established. Today more than two out of three PCs are mobile (laptops, netbooks, notebooks, tablets, slates, convertibles, etc.). Nearly every PC is capable of wireless connectivity. Screen sizes range from under 10" to wall-sized screens and multiple HD screens. Storage has jumped from megabytes to terabytes and has moved up to the cloud," said Steven Sinofsky, the president of Windows and Windows Live division at Microsoft.

Although Microsoft continues to remain mum about the release date of Windows 8, many believe that the next-generation Windows will be launched in 2012. In its new blog, the world's largest designer of software plans to share how it focuses on performance, reliability, compatibility, security, and quality of Windows 8 and plans to continue the dialog around performance and fundamental engineering of Windows with its customers and end-users.

Microsoft previewed its Windows 8 in June and started by showing user experience and interface on a range of mobile devices. The graphics user interface (GUI) is one of the most important elements of operating systems as end-users interact with it every day. But Microsoft stresses that the new GUI along with compatibility with ARM-based system-on-chips are not the only innovations when it comes to Windows 8. The software giant claims it has engineered changes across the full range of Windows capabilities.

"We know people who care a lot about networking want to know our plans there. We know people who are invested heavily in storage want to know what is new in that area. Many want to know about performance and fundamentals. We know developers, IT pros, and gamers all want to know what's new for them. There is so much packed into Windows 8 and there are so many unique and important lenses through which to view Windows 8, and so we want to be sure to take the time to cover as many of these topics as possible, to build up a shared understanding of why we’ve taken Windows where we have. So in the next weeks we will just start talking specifics of features, since there is no obvious place to start given the varying perspectives. From fundamentals, to user interface, to hardware support, and more, if something is important to you, we promise we'll get to it in some form or another," said Mr. Sinofsky.

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omg. I just bought Windows 7 to switch away from XP Pro. Guess I'll be ready for Windows 8 about 2015, if I live that long.
2 0 [Posted by: Tim the Enchanter  | Date: 08/16/11 09:32:06 PM]
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MS said the same thing about Win7. So don't let the hype build up some grand expectations until we ya see how it looks and preforms on your PC if you so happen to upgrade.
1 0 [Posted by: USAFANG67  | Date: 08/17/11 01:12:55 PM]
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3 6 [Posted by: rasiel  | Date: 08/16/11 10:49:22 PM]
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The sad part here is that you got 2 thubs down, while you just point out the obvious problems in windows.

For some people if you are not a blind fan and you see the problems, then you are the enemy and a hater.

Sad.
2 1 [Posted by: nitro912gr  | Date: 08/17/11 04:05:14 AM]
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The question of using cloud applications is whether or not you trust your documents and data to a large corporation. As long as you don't value privacy and control over your data then the cloud is a great thing.
2 2 [Posted by: user99  | Date: 08/17/11 10:30:57 AM]
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Dude, you say you have 20 years in IT and you talk about Paint when it comes to the size of installation disc of Win7? Get real, without Paint you can not use PrintScreen, something any OS has ''out of the box”.
If you complain about the size of the files, you should say about Language packs (around 1GB, only 300MB is for support for Chinese traditional and Chinese simplified) and after a new installation you still have to install some extra files for your language. You should say also for the ~600MB of files for Tablet PC interoperability (or something like that). You should say about the hundreds of MB for speech recognition. What about the idiotic bundle of printer drivers that actually do not work all the time? And guess what? You can not remove them even if you will use the drivers that came with the printer.
Another huge chunk (600 or 700MB, if I remember correctly) of the disc is occupied my the Media Center and Windows Media Player. Why should this be installed if I do not use my desktop as a Home Cinema?
All the Windows discs are full of garbage and you can not get the basics at a cheaper price because you loose also some functionality. Stupid model of business. If Win 8 will fallow the same trend, BSD and Linux will get bigger share of the home user market. Not because is smaller, but because it lets customize according to your needs and also you do not have sooooooo maaaaaany security holes.
There are of course also some basic function that can be added to the system. One of this would be to be able to recognize other file system, not to use them, but just to be able to recognize them. Now if you go in Computer Management, all ext3,ext4, btrfs, ufs, zfs etc. will appear as HEALTHY. Most of this file systems are open source and the basic support can be added. This denial of the others is just not “healthy” as they say.
And because I mentioned about other OS, this something that is eating on all those that have above 2 OS, MICROSOFT FIX YOUR STUPID BOOT MANAGER, every time you repair or install Windows (XP, Vista or 7) you have to recover the boot manager of you normally use together with the other OS installed on your drives.
One big problem that hit the users with Win7 was the driver signature. Why should a small programmer pay to Microsoft to get signature on a small utility program(ATI TrayTools users understand this)? You have to to use some unorthodox ways to bypass this signature. Only to make some extra money, after they charge the user with a hefty price for the OS. And they keep wondering why the pirated copies of Windows are popular.
1 0 [Posted by: Sorinux  | Date: 08/17/11 09:01:29 PM]
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It will only be revolutionary for tablets and touchscreen computers (correct me if I'm wrong and touchscreen-less computers can utilize the new UI). For the conventional laptop or desktop setup it will feel the same. The regular Windows UI looks exactly like Windows 7 while the tablet portion looks like a blown-up Windows Phone 7. It might introduce new features for conventional computers, but they better be convincing enough for me to upgrade.
2 0 [Posted by: DirectXtreme  | Date: 08/16/11 11:52:10 PM]
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I thought of it only being an improvement for touch screens too, but it actually brings in a new interface that can work well with the Kbd/Mouse too.

All the "Tiles" in the image are actually applications that can be interacted with. The closest you can get to this on windows is to manually open a bunch of applications and resize the windows in a similar fashion. Even with that method, the information present isn't going to be organized and summarized - which is what the new interface is going to bring.

The new interface is built to have all the info you need all in one go, minimizing the needs to actually launch an application. And if you do need to - it will be easy. Its an excellent new direction for a desktop/home screen.

However, I hope this isn't the first direction towards removing the Window based model for applications. I like the abilty to resize windows and simple window switching/task switching in the current OS.
0 0 [Posted by: MonkRX  | Date: 08/20/11 01:34:09 AM]
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Revolutionary yet MS says it will have basicly the same functions and look as Windows 7. Ok.... Where did i hear this revolutionary rant before from MS.... Oh yeah! Windows Vista. Which was revolutionary in the way of how fast people downgraded back to XP.
4 1 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 08/17/11 01:36:07 AM]
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If it can boot in less than 10 seconds, I will consider it..."revolutionary". Until then......
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 08/18/11 12:58:29 AM]
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In fact... it can. Windows 8 Developer Preview on my i3-2310m laptop boots in literally 5 secs (on a WD Scorpio Blue 500GB HDD) after BIOS. I do not know what Microsoft did to that - maybe the hybrid boot technology - but that is epic. The uptime says 10h though, but I have tried removing the battery, HDD, and RAM but it still boots insanely fast.
0 0 [Posted by: Nightingale  | Date: 09/16/11 08:09:58 AM]
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Microsoft is the American phoney commercial company that push total rubbish and rhetorically always market it as revolutionary. I remember the video clips in Windows 98, 2000, XP, and the advertizement texts in the installation screan, that can convince only the most ignorant consumers of its greatness. Windows has always been mass industrial and invasive to other industry, and louzy, unstable and styfling creativity like third-party product compatability or informal modding in its products. WinDOSE sucks, nobody wants, there is no alternative for games, so everybody must have it. And Microsoft keeps pushing this advertizement bullshit with a corporate distinction. I pitty those guys who have to work there and try to do voice acting in their commercials. It is all about profit and marketeering.
0 0 [Posted by: TeemuMilto  | Date: 09/14/11 03:48:50 AM]
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