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8/16/2011 03:00 PM EDT
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selinz
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selinz   8/16/2011 3:12:51 PM
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Well, the pc world needs a huge boost, that's for sure. People are getting excited about phones, not PC's. That's a problem for MS.

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_hm   8/16/2011 3:35:54 PM
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First and ofremost problem is - How fast Windows 8 will boot? In few seconds or few minutes?

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any1   8/16/2011 4:55:44 PM
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Computers with solid state drives do seem to boot much faster than those with generic hard drives these days so the OS is not the only factor in determining boot time.

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LarryM99   8/16/2011 5:04:37 PM
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SSD's could be another case of faster hardware solving software's problems. My main computer boots Win7 off an SSD in under ten seconds, and the SSD isn't one of the PCIe ones. The real question is whether Win8 is going to be significant enough to make a difference. Win7 has been considered a success, but the huge majority of business desktops still run XP. They pretty much skipped over Vista and are only now incorporating Win7. Personally, I think that the faster OS release cycle from Microsoft is a mistake, at least in the business market. Larry M.

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Daniel Payne   8/16/2011 7:39:01 PM
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I'd love it if Win8 would allow me to run Mac OS X virtually, then I could use one laptop to run both Windows and Mac. Until that happens I will happily continue to use my MacBook Pro which runs Windows 7 using Parallels.

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dirk.bruere   8/16/2011 7:42:18 PM
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Alternate Windows releases seem to be total dogs, which does not bode well for 8

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gkp00co   8/16/2011 8:05:02 PM
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"biggest overhaul of the PC operating system since Windows 95" but "no details on the new capabilities"... Sounds like marketing drivel to me. In fact I have an overwhelming sense of deja-vu -- haven't we all heard this from Redmond before? For instance wasn't Vista supposed to be a bottom-to top rewrite of XP (itself a supposed rewrite of 95/98) - what could possibly be a bigger overhaul than that? And speaking of Vista, after *that* particular exercise in vapor-features, it's no surprise that they're keeping mum on all the new capabilities that v8 won't be able to do... -- GKP

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whywayne   8/16/2011 8:05:25 PM
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The weatherman on C.N.N. has touch technology like I have never witnessed on a PC. If Win 8 has it, I'm In...Touch a command, throw away the other with the touch of a finger, new screen appears... Cool Stuff....

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Bert22306   8/16/2011 9:05:32 PM
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Sounds like the right way to go, to unify PCs, smartphones, and tablets, as they always should have been. However I've seen enough early descriptions of upcoming Windows versions to know that the actual product is INEVITABLY much more evolutionary than the early hype suggested. But at least, I think their goals are right on the money. As to the nonsense about PCs being on the decline, that just ticks me off. It sounds like no one does any real work anymore, to say something so ridiculous. I'll grant that in the past, many people who owned PCs did not really need PCs. So of course, that user base went to smartphones and tablets, and the growth of the PC market would flatten, as expected. Just about any growth curve is an S curve, after all. But tablets and smartphones have a long way to go before they can become the primary tool for writing software, for writing reports, for running industrial machinery, and for doing anything but the most casual kind of research.

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LarryM99   8/16/2011 10:24:02 PM
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I would bet that virtualization technology in the current version would do that now, except that technically it's in violation of Apple's licensing agreements. I know that it is running on generic PC hardware by itself. Talk to Apple, not Microsoft... Larry M.

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