In case you haven't heard, Windows 8 is coming. To be a little bit more specific, most analysts think it's coming later this year -- sometime in the fall, actually. Now we've got something more than vague speculation to back that up. Reporters from Bloomberg talked to anonymous "people with knowledge of the schedule" who claim that Windows 8 is on pace to be wrapped up this summer and launched in October, complete with a lineup of both ARM- and x86-based devices.
Apple CEO Tim Cook can talk all he wants about the post-PC era, we're not buying it. Neither is International Data Corporation (IDC), which today said it expects worldwide PC shipments to pick up steam as the year goes on and have a strong second half of 2012. The first half of the year will only see "modest growth," but between the launch of Windows 8 and excitement generated by Ultrabooks and other ultra-thin notebooks, IDC expects second half sales to be much stronger.
In this episode: Windows 8! We discuss the Metro interface on the desktop, on tablets, in the phone, and even on the Xbox dashboard. We see what Microsoft is trying to do, but will it work?
There's also some talk about the iPad 3, making movies, jumping out of planes with Sony-brand cameras, and Austrian hockey. Which is a thing.
Also, we chat about the Steam Box, Kickstarter, the problem with Android tablets, and creativity. Later, Gordon rants about things, and reveals that he's racist against Wookiees.
Next episode goes up April 6th! Thanks for stickin' with us!
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Over the last two week, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview has been dissected from virtually every angle. In stark contrast, things have been very quiet on the Windows on ARM (WOA) front. But the fine folks at Digitimes seem to have broken the almost sepulchral silence surrounding WOA. Hit the jump for more.
Consumers downloaded the Windows 8 Consumer Preview over a million times in less than 24 hours, but we're willing to bet that the majority of those downloads came from the technically inclined rather than, say, your parents. The tech world has already proclaimed what it likes and doesn't like in Windows 8 -- but do everyday people really care if W8 has an enhanced contact app? Can everyday people even locate the contact app in W8? Lockergnome's Chris Pirillo decided to put the W8 interface to the test by plopping his elderly father down in front of the new OS with no introduction.
It was almost a month ago that Mozilla announced it would be working on a Metro version of Firefox, however an important question remained. Would Metro Firefox be little more than a live tile that was more of a pain than it was worth? Or would Microsoft allow them to take over default access for opening links and other non-sandbox friendly operations? We finally have an answer, and even though it is still somewhat vague, it looks like Microsoft is going to great lengths to make sure users can replace Internet Explorer in metro should they feel so inclined.
Microsoft is rolling a hard six with their tablet strategy in Windows 8, and while it might be a hard sale with iPad crazy consumers, at least in the Enterprise they have a fighting chance. Dell knows this, and plans to be ready to go with tablet offerings for businesses on Windows 8 launch day. The information came from a Bloomberg interview conducted last week in which CEO Michael Dell praised the new Microsoft OS, and claims demand will be strong for a “secure Windows tablet that works with all Windows applications”.
How do you predict the future? It’s easy: There’s going to be a Windows 9 in a few years – unless Microsoft pulls an Apple and just goes with, “The New Windows,” or “Windows,” or something. As for what might be inside Microsoft’s future operating system, however, that’s a whole ‘nother ballgame.
It’s not that hard to get caught up in some childlike fantasy when asked to predict the future path of Microsoft’s main OS. You know – Windows 9 will allow your desktop to transform into a giant robot, or Windows 9 will be an on-the-fly hybrid OS that transforms into a simpler version of Metro for free-floating tablet devices and the full-fledged Windows 9 when these devices are connected up to a dock/keyboard setup.
Honestly, I kind of like the robot idea.
But let’s get serious. What’s the likely future direction of Microsoft Windows? Even considering that the general consumer reaction to Windows 8 – assuming it’s not just a Band-Aid for tablets while Microsoft devotes the core of its resources to a completely revamped version of the OS – will likely play a role in what Microsoft decides to do within its big follow-up.
We take a look at the best the fledgling Windows 8 Store has to offer
Whether you love it or hate it, you’ve installed Microsoft’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview to give it a whirl and see which side – light or dark – you fall into. While we’d normally use this space to feature all the various third-party apps you should install on your brand-new operating system to make it more useful, more awesome, and more beautiful, it only makes sense that we instead turn our Eye of Sauron to Metro. Specifically, programs you can pick up right now, within Microsoft’s store, that install directly into Windows 8 like apps onto a smartphone.
With the caveat that many of these apps are still in a preview phase themselves, here are our top picks for must-have Windows 8 Metro apps! Try saying that three times fast.
Like a Sith to a Jedi, a Cylon to a human, an Apple to a Gordon Mah Ung, every good thing said about Windows 8 seems to be matched by an equal and opposite reaction: Something bad. To trade in our angel wings and prop up our Google Hangout devil horns for a moment, there’s plenty about Windows 8 that you just aren’t going to like.
Unless you’re one of those stalwarts still clinging to Windows XP as if it was a stuffed animal from your childhood that you need to squeeze just to sleep at night, the announcement of a new Windows operating system usually summons up one singular question: When can I upgrade?
Note, we said usually. For Windows 8’s errors are so flagrant and its annoyances so widespread, this might be the first operating system in your Windows lifetime that you’re going leave right there on the retail shelf. That’s right. We said it. Microsoft’s not only created a new operating system; the company has also created a healthy amount of doubt in the minds of potential purchasers.
Read on for some of the main ingredients that make up our tasty Windows “8-erade.”