(Image Source: Microsoft )

BY BREANA JONES

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

 


The world got a sneak peak at Windows 8 on Wednesday. The entire thing won’t be available until later this year, but Microsoft released a preview of the newest member to the Windows family — and for the most part, the tech world is saying bravo. Here’s USA Today.

“Suffice to say it looks very different from your daddy's Windows. At the core of the new operating system is an attractive, customizable user layout called Metro … and based on colorful and dynamic touchable tiles of different sizes rather than standard icons to display information.”

The new look is just another example of the shift in operating systems that focuses more on tablets and smartphones than your typical plug-in-the-wall PC. Windows 8 centers around live tiles: think of them as moving icons, that constantly update with new info.  MSNBC says—don’t let the good looks fool you.

“Don’t confuse the friendly interface with superficiality. This is Windows and can do all the things you’ve come to expect with a Windows PC. But can an operating system be packed into a tablet?”

A writer for ZDNet says he doesn’t think most PC users will be down with Window’s new direction — mainly because of the time it takes to re-adjust.  

“I fully expect a nontrivial number of Windows users to absolutely hate this radical reimagining of a product that wipes out a decade’s worth of muscle memory. The big question is whether the general public will come to a different conclusion after they experience it for themselves.”

Still looking for a reason to download? Microsoft announced that every app in its Window Store is free — kind of. CNET explains.

“There is just one catch, however: the deal will only be available in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Once the official retail version of Windows 8 launches, many of the applications consumers have come to know and, perhaps, love will be offered at a cost.”

USA Today reports that Microsoft says Windows 8 has 3 million downloads so far.

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Mar 1, 2012

Windows 8 Released for Limited Look

 

(Image Source: Microsoft )

BY BREANA JONES

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

 


The world got a sneak peak at Windows 8 on Wednesday. The entire thing won’t be available until later this year, but Microsoft released a preview of the newest member to the Windows family — and for the most part, the tech world is saying bravo. Here’s USA Today.

“Suffice to say it looks very different from your daddy's Windows. At the core of the new operating system is an attractive, customizable user layout called Metro … and based on colorful and dynamic touchable tiles of different sizes rather than standard icons to display information.”

The new look is just another example of the shift in operating systems that focuses more on tablets and smartphones than your typical plug-in-the-wall PC. Windows 8 centers around live tiles: think of them as moving icons, that constantly update with new info.  MSNBC says—don’t let the good looks fool you.

“Don’t confuse the friendly interface with superficiality. This is Windows and can do all the things you’ve come to expect with a Windows PC. But can an operating system be packed into a tablet?”

A writer for ZDNet says he doesn’t think most PC users will be down with Window’s new direction — mainly because of the time it takes to re-adjust.  

“I fully expect a nontrivial number of Windows users to absolutely hate this radical reimagining of a product that wipes out a decade’s worth of muscle memory. The big question is whether the general public will come to a different conclusion after they experience it for themselves.”

Still looking for a reason to download? Microsoft announced that every app in its Window Store is free — kind of. CNET explains.

“There is just one catch, however: the deal will only be available in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Once the official retail version of Windows 8 launches, many of the applications consumers have come to know and, perhaps, love will be offered at a cost.”

USA Today reports that Microsoft says Windows 8 has 3 million downloads so far.

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