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Microsoft Launches Windows 8 Consumer Preview
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Leo Regulus
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3/1/2012 | 5:22:17 PM
re: Microsoft Launches Windows 8 Consumer Preview
If you have a Netbook or other device that does not have a minimum screen resolution of 1024 X 768, Win 8 will install but you may encounter serious issues. Most Netbooks have only 1024 X 600. Metro graphic icons will 'click' but not function and there will be many menus whose bottom line will not show on the screen and you can't scroll down or readjust the window to get to it. Remember, this is where you find the 'OK', 'Cancel', and 'Accept' buttons.
I have been using the 'Developers Preview' since Sept. This Win version may prove to be an excellent platform for Tablets and Smartphones but I question its' applicability to Laptoip / PC units.
sonicmetalman
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2/29/2012 | 7:03:07 PM
re: Microsoft Launches Windows 8 Consumer Preview
I just read the MSDN blog comments describing system compatibility and laughed out loud. It seems that Win8 will NOT support Metro apps at the native resolution of netbooks, effectively orphaning hundreds of thousands (millions?) of those devises.

A classic Microsoft F.O.& D.

I doubt seriously that this was an oversight.
ANON1237925156805
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ANON1237925156805,
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2/29/2012 | 6:15:18 PM
re: Microsoft Launches Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Boy do I agree. I'm looking for performance, reliability, security, ease of use and interoperability with the mobile world. I don't need all the cosmetic bells and whstles. Above all I'm not looking to relearn core functions with every new release.

In terms of colors things started to get daffy with Windows/Office 7/2007. In Office I have to go layers deep to get the standard highlight and font colors that I use. The canned options look like makeup palettes in a department store. Spring blossome anyone? How about pumpkin fest? There are good reasons that most of us prefer to use blue, red, etc. The new schemes are creative but at least make them optional.

Windows 7 OS added translucent frames to the mix. The result is that neither me or my mom can see the buttons above the ribbon, \including the save button, without making a humongous effort. I can't find any documentaiton for how to change that attribute.

Since I haven't met anyone who likes these things and since Microsoft seems to be listening to the marketplace these days, I was optimistic that we'd at least get back options for the old look and feel. Apparently not so. Looks worse than ever. Microsoft needs to lose the change for change's sake mentality. There are plenty of substantive fixes and enhancements that Windows needs; the cosmetic we can handle ourselves via add-ons.

With OSX/iOS, Androind/Chrome, etc. in the marketplace and BYOD coming to the workplace, Microsoft can't force feed us mediocrity anymore. If we have to start over with each upgrade, relearning how to work and how to configure our environment, we just as easily move to a new platform. A word to the wise. . .
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John_Westra
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2/29/2012 | 4:55:06 PM
re: Microsoft Launches Windows 8 Consumer Preview
I was there at the beginning (Windows 1.0) and have used every version since. So far I hate the new UI and especially loathe the default color scheme! My current Windows 7 Ultimate Desktop is black w/ four icons + the Recycle Bin. I would prefer MS focused on speed and security and had allowed the UI to evolve organically via 3rd-party widgets and customization options.
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2/29/2012 | 4:53:39 PM
re: Microsoft Launches Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Can you say "Vista 8" ?


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