Windows 8’s release is still more than two months away, but millions of people have already downloaded Windows 8 preview builds and realized that Windows 8’s tile-based, touch-friendly “Modern-style” UI (or whatever they’re calling it this week) is not for everyone. But is it simply because the typography-inspired interface is far too different for most people to accept readily, or is there something fundamentally wrong with the interface? We know most of you’d love to weigh in on this matter — despite having done it umpteen times already — but before that we’d like you to read what a leading usability expert feels about the whole Windows 8 experience.
Microsoft has revealed the names of its Windows RT OEM partners and there are a few big names missing from the list. While we already know the reasons behind HP and Acer’s absence, the absence of Japanese company Toshiba, which was recently rumored to be among Microsoft’s Windows RT launch partners, is bit of a mystery.
We already know that the Windows RT version of Microsoft’s Surface tablet will make its retail debut on October 26, the same day as Windows 8’s global release, but surprisingly not a lot is known about third-party devices running the ARM-friendly flavor of Windows at this stage, with the Asus Tablet 600 being about the only confirmed third-party Windows RT device as of now. Now, Microsoft is requesting just a bit more patience from those currently holding their breath, as other vendors are expected to unveil their Windows RT offerings very soon.
You thought last month's podcast featured a long-lost editor? (It did.) Well, this month's features none other than Returning Champion Josh Norem! Josh joins Deputy Editor Gordon Mah Ung and Texas Editor Nathan Edwards for Episode 188 of the No BS Podcast!
Why's Josh here? Well, he's back, baby. Back on staff, that is. Back to talk about Windows 8, his experience with the Nexus 7, Ultrabooks, cats, Samsung vs Apple (also Apple vs Samsung), and so much more.
There's some of your standard talk of The Interface Until Recently Known as Metro and Now Probably Just Called Windows 8, Which is Dumb. Also, we've landed a rover on Mars! Not us personally. But us, America.
Finally: Thunderbolt, high-res IPS panels from Korea, and the correct pronunciation of Asus.
See if you can locate the part of the podcast when Nathan reveals A Terrible Secret.
All this and more, plus an all-new Rant of the Month, in Episode 188!
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Microsoft recently dumped the name Metro, insisting that it was merely a code name. While the company says that it’s now ready to move to a more “commercial” name for Windows 8’s typography-based design language, it has yet to announce one. But just because nothing has been announced does not necessarily mean that no decision has been made yet.
Microsoft earlier this week released its upcoming Windows 8 operating system to manufacturers, signaling the end of development and paving the way for a worldwide public release in late October. This does not mean everyone will have to wait that long to get their hands on Windows 8, with Premium MSDN and Technet subscribers scheduled to get their copies on August 15, 2012. Well, at least that’s what Microsoft had planned.
There is no dearth of those who would like to see nothing more than a mea culpa from Microsoft apologizing for wrongly trying to shove the Metro design language down their throats with Windows 8. But we’re sure these critics wouldn’t mind an unceremonious dumping of Metro one bit either. And guess what? Microsoft has just granted their wish by quietly doing away with Metro. But unfortunately, the company is merely getting rid of the name and not the typography-based design language itself.
A universal stylus capable of interacting with all kinds of displays, and not just touch-sensitive ones, is said to be in the works at Microsoft. According to the venerable MIT Technology Review, the said stylus has already won a lot of praise internally, with the decision of whether or not to move forward with its development now resting with the powers that be at the Redmond-based software giant.
Last October, the writing seemed to be on the wall for Windows desktop gadgets when Microsoft brought the curtain down on Windows Live Gallery in order to “focus on the exciting possibilities of the newest version of Windows.” But even though Microsoft no longer supports the development and uploading of these HTML-based desktop widgets, they are supported in both Windows 8 Consumer and Release Preview builds. Does this mean Microsoft has decided to keep them alive?
Reactions to the recently unveiled Microsoft Surface tablet family just keep coming in, with everyone from PC vendors to industry watchers eager to weigh in on the Redmond-based company’s decision to sell self-branded tablets. Even though people are probably more interested in Apple’s reaction, Google beat the Cupertino company to the punch Wednesday when it fired a cautious verbal volley at the Surface.