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Windows 8 Consumer Preview: A First Look at Microsoft's New Operating System

Science & Tech  (tags: computers, NewTechnology, design, performance )

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Today, Microsoft is pulling the curtain off of its next version of Windows -- Windows 8 -- and it looks entirely different from what those billions of people are used to seeing every day.

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Roger G (154)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 12:46 pm
noted, thanks !

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 2:23 pm

More tech!

I want a time travel box to go back to the 50s.


Mary T (178)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 2:48 pm
Noted, Thanks Jae.

Lin Penrose (92)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 6:01 pm
Thanks Jae. I don't know how to use a 'Blackberry' and all the 'apps', though my great grandson does. My little ancient cell phone and Windows XP is enough for me. My 35 mm camera, old friend, is a goner.

Jae A (316)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 6:27 pm
I am not sure but I really don't think I am ready for this...'apps' on everything instead of using 'search engines' and or Icons to open things. . . Ready or not I guess I and others who feel the same are going to have to learn how to deal with this new design/technology that is taking over all our communication electronics.. or... give up and go out and about or just watch tv and read. :-) Not into that much tv and at the price of fuel the going out and about is starting to look less enjoyable with each passing price increase. I have the feeling that it's going to learn how to deal with it and try and keep the say'n goes. Woe is we who are so comfy and use to the things the way ..they were....just a day or two ago.....[sigh].

Evelyn Z (300)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 6:46 pm
I don't want this, I don't want this, I don't want this === yucky = help.
Thanks for the warning Jae

Susan S (187)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 8:28 pm
Thanks for the heads up Jae. Personally I am not a techy...and feel very computer illiterate. I am not sure if I want to get the new Windows 8...

Bilal A. (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 9:06 pm
Thanks for sharing.
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Quanta Kiran (67)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 9:21 pm

H Nick H (1826)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 9:27 pm
Thanks for sharing. I still use my cell to make phone calls...........period.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 9:56 pm
thank you

Christoffer B (18)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 10:35 pm
Getting the consumer preview version this weekend, ohh joy :)

Brad Johnson (1)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 10:58 pm
Cool, only 6 more months and we will probably be up to Windows 10 and iPad 6 It moves way too fast. I still like Windows XP Professional and gold old exchange 2003. Oh well, working on a Degree in Computer science after working in it for 9 years, ans almost all the stuff has changed for the 4 year break I took from computers.

Jae A (316)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 1:44 am
It does sound as though the design is easier to deal with than the average smart phone least for myself. If mine were as smart as they say it should be it should do all that it is capable of doing with simple voice commands and not so much brain strain just to email a snapshot to yourself or whoever. Of course that is no doubt coming soon...or at least I hope. As for the tiny little pads that my fingers usually hit everything but the key/tab/button I'm trying to go for..It is one of the reasons I prefer email sending,web searching,messaging etc. with a full size computer key board.

The fact that this new 'windows' makes it so that you can opt to use some of the old familiar ways of viewing/doing things... is a good step at a time in converting to the other is better than just being thrown into a whole new look, mode of operation etc. without any other choices from day one being offered in order to familiarize yourself gradually to a whole new machine and way of doing things. Touch screens are ok but not something I just have to have for a cell phone or computer. All comes down to, I suppose, consumer demands for the features of computers to be more like cell phones/Ipads/tablets and so all in one communication tool/system is the reason for all these rapid changes in them. All interesting but for myself, the learning to use any of them now days makes my eyes go all whirly durly.... I do feel as Lynz in that I really don't want no no...but what long term choices are there but to eventually go with it all ? All the others/past models/windows will soon be so obsolete they will not work with the newer internet speeds/services/apps etc.

Wioletta S (69)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 2:11 am

KS Goh (0)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 4:04 am
Thanks for the article.

Edwin M (346)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 5:17 am
Planned obsolescence no sooner is one thing on the market than they're already creating something else to take it's place.

Thursday March 1, 2012, 5:46 am
That's business! I have a perfectly good printer who I can not use because the company that made it will not update the driver! They always do this business tactic, so you will have to buy another newer item. Another printer I have "warns you each time you print, that if you print in just black it may not look as good," and guess what? Even though the black cartridge is full of ink, if the color cartridge is empty, the printer will refuse to print!
Remember that one of my majors is business, so I know how business works, and believe me when I say, "it really is just about getting our money!"

Bob hardly here P (394)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 5:46 am
thanks for sharing

Eonna Lee (41)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 6:20 am
thanks for the good post.

Ellen m (215)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 7:11 am
Figures. I used a cell phone for all my internet use until i got this brand, spanking new laptop with Windows 7 less than 2 months ago, and i'm already outdated again!
And truth be told i'm still using my little workhorse of a phone for many of the things i haven't figured out how to do with this thing!
I guess quad core was a little more than i needed to...what good are all the bells and whistles if you don't know how to use them? :-)

Suruna WTF (38)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 8:03 am
I love my Win7, I do only simple phone so don't have cross-over experience. Windows 8 does not have me salivating.

Jim Phillips (3257)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 12:03 pm
I would never have any Microsoft products in my home.

Apples Rule!

Ty, Jae.

Doyal D (10)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 2:42 pm
Every time Microsoft "improves" Windows, it becomes a bigger nightmare. In the very recent past I've had to give up XP because Microsoft won't support it, fried a laptop with Vista and Now am in the throes of trying to make Windows 7 comfortable. So far I'm frustrated! IMac here I come.

Phyllis P (237)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 3:16 pm
I am not a fan of Apple, sorry Jim. But looks like Windows 8 operates on the same premise as touch screen phones, which I just upgraded to. So I should be ok with it. My phone is my life and my work. So I have had to learn to adapt to technology. And I love downloading apps to my phone!!! Thanks for the story Jae.

Kenneth L (314)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 4:09 pm
I went from Windows 95 to Vista a few years ago. No sense in switching to Windows 7 from Vista, same thing. Windows 8 looks like a giant smartphone, other than that the usual extra couple bells and whistles. I won't be buying. When they come out with all voice interactive across the board in computers and no point and click stuff THAT will be a new era.

Fred Krohn (34)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 4:32 pm
I think I'll go back to Linux with tcsh, ash, bash, and csh. I'm currently running XP Pro, have option to switch 'up' to 7 if I want, but I miss my Command Line. Vista sucked, as did Millennium and early 95 (95 B and C were OK). I don't care for the pocket cellphone comps either; last pocket computer I liked was an HP 41CX alongside a slide rule. I learned first on CP/M; DOS entertained me for over a decade; Windows finally got 3.1 to work decently before I'd even run it.

Sharon H (282)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 6:43 pm
Firefox hasn't even caught up with Windows 7 yet. What will it do about Windows 8? I'm constantly battling Firefox now, really don't want to go there with 8. On the bright side, this the last new computer I plan on buying so I'll never have to deal with the other. My laptop has Vista which is about the same as 7....Firefox hates both of them.

Dotti L (85)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 9:50 pm
Confusion reigns!! I never know what to do. My Dell computer is 4 years old and plan for it to last as Iong as I do. No, not planning to anywhere anytime soon. Everytime I try to update, something gets screwed up.

Tom C Sullivan (98)
Friday March 2, 2012, 7:12 pm
can we go back to 3.0

Ancil S (175)
Friday March 2, 2012, 7:58 pm
Gee,I just got my new laptop just 4 or 5 months ago and I'm just getting comfy with Windows 7! I think I'll wait,maybe my dual core,2 gig of overclocked ddr3 ram can handle it,I hope.If not,I stay with 7.

Jae A (316)
Friday March 2, 2012, 11:17 pm
Every time they 'improve' windows it seems to be less 'user friendly'...This just ends that myth about 'user friendly' for once and for all time....not a damn thing freindly about 'windows' or microsoft anything now, me thinketh.

I have been shop'n around for a new lap top but now...why bother..just stay with the one I currently have until Microsoft kills it stone cold dead,and renders it useless as to speed/graphics etc.,not even as a back up computer, which was my thought when I began shop'n around for new one.

My verison of 7 in this computer [which came with Vista but I 'upgraded' to windows 7 a little over a year ago and then had so many problems it I had to have a tec re-installed it three times within the first three months. The last time the tec who did it for me said..."try not updating 'windows' this time...Turn off the auto update and only update the your fire wall and anti virus programs". He said he never did the 'windows' updates for his personal computers .and ya know's been a year now since that installment and I have not updated anything other than the two he suggest only do and I've had no more problems with the windows 7 program itself. At the time I thought ...what the's useless to keep having it rein$talled every few months so why not give it a try...and I'm still using the same window 7 version that was installed by that tec the last time. I know..WTF ? No idea as to the why of it other than he said the updates add more crap that messes up than what the updates fix or keep 'tuned up'. I'm not recomending others do the same but for whatever reason it worked for me since then. He also said that if I should decide to update the windows program to do it manually...pick and choose only those I find to be possibly of benefit. Like sure dude...I'm that windows So I just went with the no update advise period. Now...The computer itself is just wearing out...key board and all from so much use over the last four or so years.

At least with ME I could do the reinstalling myself but once 2000 and then xp came out with all the 'partitions' brain on doing such ever again that I just gave up after about 20 hours of trying to do so myself the first time I tried doing a reinstall of XP. I could reinstall ME and 98 in the time it took the recovery CD to do it for me :-)...or do in in dos mode, in just a little more time myself once I had misplace the CD's that came with those 'windows'. After 2000 and XP windows and later 7..I'd rather take a walk on hot coals than to so much as think of reinstalling a windows program myself ever again.

You are so right Frank S...tiz all about the money...just like our politics today.


Kathy Javens (104)
Saturday March 3, 2012, 6:49 am
Noted. I don`t mind some change, I really don`t. But why do they have to do this with our electronics? I am computer challenged enough as it is. Now they have to go and make it "new & improved". What was it before, old & lousy? If I have a choice, I will keep my Windows 7 home premium.

Janis B (7)
Saturday March 3, 2012, 2:39 pm
Our hardware wont support this OS so we wont have to worry, we got told off for upgrading vista which was attrocious to window 7 but it seems to be running alright.
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