Posts Tagged ‘windows 8’
We’re currently downloading the freshly released version of Windows 8, the Consumer preview version that was released from Microsoft today, and we will be doing a report on it once we have tested it!
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On a side note! This post is our post nr. 100 :) yey!
Since our old test computer did’nt meet the minimum system requirements of windows 8, we had to use Vmware, but after about 3 seconds we incountered a new error and in that way also the new blue screen
this was due to our Vmware being outdated so after a quick update we were rolling
The install is per this version very much the same as Windows 7′s installer
It was only at the end of the install we saw the difference
First thing that pops up when you log on is the new start screen they have made instead of the old start menu. Since we only installed it on a virtual machine we had limited resources available for graphics and also a lower resolution than if we would have installed it on our test computer, due to this the start screen was a bit laggy and slow so that spoiled some of the experience but part from that the start screen takes some time to get used to, for more expert users this might be a bit dull in a way.
The start screen looks like this and has allot of boxes floating containing apps, programs and shortcuts to settings and stuff like that so it’s basically like the old start menu but allot bigger. When opened the apps open in fullscreen and work as they normally would on windows 7. There is a social app called Sosialite this connects to your Facebook account and shows you what’s happening on there in a new but nice way and there is a twitter app called Tweet@rama which does the same for Twitter. The apps can be moved around so you can sort the most used ones at first and if you right click one you can make it smaller/larger and also quickly uninstall them without having to go through the control panel.
If you move the pointer to the lower left corner of the screen a small menu pops up that gives you access to settings and devices and the new search.
The new search is a great way to find what you’re looking for it allows you to enter a search term and then choose where to find it, like search through social medias, internet, local files, and many more
it also has a share button which allows you to share what your doing through Facebook and Twitter right now, but were assuming support for other social medias will come.
The only thing that sort of rubbed us the wrong way about the whole start screen is that there seems to be no back button as of yet so if you enter a program you have to press the start menu button to get out of it but there will probably be this in the released version of the OS.
You can customize allot from the new control panel located on the start screen, such as the lock screen image appearance of the new lock screen:
To unlock you grab the picture and slide it upwards then you can log on with the logon type you choose, there are regular password logon and there is gesture logon if you have a touch screen, which we recommend using with windows 8, even tho we don’t have a touch screen our self.
Windows 8 is quite nice to use actually even tho without touch screen it does present some issues, horizontal scrolling is not a task we like without touch but overall it like a boosted Windows 7 for now. Keep in mind that we are talking about a preview version here folks so alot can and probably will change from now and to the released version from the rumors we have heard and the hints Microsoft has given us. Lets all hope that the touch screen monitor price will go down a fair bit until the release. And we hope the price for Windows 8 in Norway is not the same as Windows 7 was when it was new.
The OS in it self looks and feel quicker than Windows 7 and it is rumored to be just that. We can hardly wait for the release and will follow the development of Windows 8 closely!
After years of tormenting us with it’s inaccurate “time remainig” and overall information lack the copy/paste dialog is going under the knife for a remake, according to Microsoft the new dialog will appear in Windows 8 scheduled for release late 2011/early 2012.
The Windows team has implemented the ability to pause a copy and now you don’t get one UI (User Interface) for each copy/paste operation, they are now all in the same window.The Windows team has also given the users more info in the advanced information tab, it now shows the current copy speed in a visual graph with the current speed listed at the end.
On they’re blog the team has even linked to one particular joke about the “time remaining” in the earlyer versions of Windows being way off and explain that there is not a lot to do with the accuracy of the counter due to all the various factors that come into play when making the assessment like background running program, antivirus may interfere with the copy and also if the user start doing other things while the copy operation run they have rather consentrated on giving the user the info they have so they can see how things are coming along.
They have also remade the file name conflict interface, the older ones didn’t give users enough info on which file was which so the new one let’s you choose between keeping both copy’s, overwrite or choose your self, the choose self option gives you a new window showing both copy’s of the file and all info about each copy, it even let’s you click on a link to see each copy. This should make things allot easier.
Below is a video of Alex Simons explaining the new features
We here at Nordic-vikings.net are really looking forward to this feature built in Windows, but if you can’t wait for Windows 8 do like us, get Teracopy it’s a nifty little program that makes life with the old copy/paste so much better!
Source: Building Windows 8 Blog