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6/2/2011 02:36 PM EDT
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Duane Benson
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Duane Benson   6/15/2011 10:31:54 PM
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It looks a bit like they took an interface designed around the limitations of a small phone screen and slapped it onto a PC that doesn't have those same limitations. Perhaps they just didn't show alternate ways of accessing and organizing your software other than the gaggle of tiles. It is an attractive looking interface from a distance, but I really don't want to have to scroll through screens and screens to find one of the hundred or so pieces of application software residing on my computer. Fortunately, MS does usually give the ability to set your UI to that of the older Windows systems. Hopefully they'll do that in Win8. Alternately, I hope they just glossed over some of the features that will make the OS useable for more than just a demo.

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LarryM99   6/15/2011 1:25:30 AM
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Microsoft's operating systems tend to be evolutionary rather than revolutionary. This is their strength, but it is also their weakness. I think that we are coming to a breaking point in the definition of a computer, and it is going to be a bigger change than x86 vs ARM. How would Windows 8 run on a quantum computer? or one that integrates 50,000 parallel CPUs? The seeds of both of these possibilities are already germinating, and other ideas are percolating as well. Larry M.

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_hm   6/6/2011 3:24:10 AM
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This may look good for media usage. But what if you have desktop and work mainly on EDA / ECAD applications? How will Windows 8 be more beneficial?

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maclag   6/6/2011 1:16:36 AM
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Interesting to see two very different possible future for the market: - on one side, chip makers who can get MS to support their SoC: Eventually, we will see a strong standardization of their ARM chips, because MS is most likely unwilling to support so many variants: too much resources consumption! - on the other side, the ones who couldn't get MS on board, and will have to rely on Linux (being The Linux or Android, or WebOS: the kernel is still Linux). They can introduce as many variations as they want in the ARM core, providing they also put in the internal resources on the Linux kernel to support their chip

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PJames   6/3/2011 10:36:16 PM
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If only they had a one button reversion for the awful interface they put on the new and improved MS Office suite.

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selinz   6/3/2011 5:16:54 PM
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It sounds like a move toward the coalescence of mobile, laptop, and desktop computing... As far as whining about new interfaces, anyone who wanted to could make vista and/or win7 look like XP. The new user interface was not a requisite part of most of the new functionality. Perhaps they should have added a "one button XP" function.

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Duane Benson   6/3/2011 3:02:50 PM
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Supporting the wide variety or ARM variants will be a challenge for Windows 8. Or will convincing MS to support an ARM variant be a challenge for chip vendors? Perhaps this will lead the market toward more of a fully standard ARM architecture for the Windows capable systems.

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jaybus0   6/3/2011 2:31:21 PM
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For continued Windows, and even Linux, support, the ARM players may have to stick with a more stadardized instruction set. Functionality can be added to SoC in the form of devices, driven by device drivers, rather than actually adding to the instruction set.

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chrisnfolsom   6/3/2011 9:39:52 AM
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I do have to say that many of the rules we have all learned through painful trial and error are changing in that computers are becoming less of a workstation and more of an internet/widget portal with api's allowing anything to talk to anyone any way. As the UI is becoming less of a function of the OS, and more of an information portal I think the rules are changing - especially when adding in portability, social networking and demographic much less worried about technical gotchas and more worried about price and applications.

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pcardout   6/3/2011 5:01:33 AM
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I'm still using XP on the only Windows laptop I keep around to run software that I can't get for Linux. Try Ubuntu or Debian (or any other Distro). They are not motivated to keep changing. I started w/ Linux 9 years ago and got better and better with it. I moved ALL of my work to Linux 5 years ago and completely skipped the Vista/Win7 releases. I don't work for a large corporation that makes me use Windows. I encourage you to step outside the box if you can ...

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