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CES 2012: Windows 8 Beta In Late February
There has been some speculation over the last few months over when to expect the beta release of Windows 8. During Microsoft's final CES keynote tonight, Microsoft put that speculation to rest (more or less), announcing that the Windows 8 beta will be released to the public in late February. Also being released alongside the Windows 8 beta will be the Windows Store, Microsoft’s central repository for Metro applications. The Windows Store will be available globally, and will support every lang…

8 thoughts on “Get your test boxes ready to play.

  1. Depends on what you mean by “caught up to.” If you meant in terms of user base and profit, well, that battle’s long been won.

  2. Is this intended for use on home or work computers? Is that the main interface?  It looks like a tablet, with a walled-garden style OS. Gee where did they get that idea?  LOL

     

    God it looks awful. Why are they making this OS?  What is the vision or purpose here? Surely this is a foray into tablets and they don’t expect regular home PC’s or workstations to use an interface like that, right?

  3. legacyabq wrote:

    Is this intended for use on home or work computers?

    Yes.

    Is that the main interface?  It looks like a tablet, with a walled-garden style OS. Gee where did they get that idea?  LOL

    Windows 8 is being designed specifically to ensure that it can run on tablets as well as it runs on PCs and, yes, it will have “apps” in addition to traditional software.
     

    God it looks awful. Why are they making this OS?  What is the vision or purpose here? Surely this is a foray into tablets and they don’t expect regular home PC’s or workstations to use an interface like that, right?

    It’s an option on PCs and Workstations. The traditional desktop model is still in place and you can run “apps” alongside standard software packages. There’s more to Windows 8 than just the Metro Interface. They’re bringing along some major enhancements to how things are done. The new Storage Spaces system is a major change in how the system views and manipulates physical storage.

  4. Oh OK, I thought that was the only interface. So there will still be a desktop, registry, NTFS etc. underneath?

    Is the storage spaces thingy a cloud service,  or will there still be a local NTFS drive, or both?

     

    I’d search the answers myself, but you are more succinct of a source.     🙂

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