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8/16/2011 03:00 PM EDT
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VictorT
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VictorT   8/17/2011 8:22:06 AM
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i just wonder how small is the footprint of win8. or can it be slipstreamed like xp? or do they make win8 embedded too?

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agk   8/17/2011 7:48:31 AM
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Windows8 can it detect my eye position and know which button i am interested and show a flash of that button?And i tell yes or click then it works.

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Spuderator   8/17/2011 1:48:36 AM
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I used to be the same, but rising power bill costs are killer these days, I've compromised by just hibernating my machine when I'm away. But Boot times are still an issue from Hibernation My new SSD's have improved boot up times, but too much startup overhead is always annoying for those who still powerup and power down their machines.

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Bert22306   8/16/2011 10:44:24 PM
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Give me a tablet dock, so I can tie it to a gigantic screen, on which I can have multiple documents open at the same time, and perhaps even make that a touchscreen, and then maybe I can begin not having to use my physical desktop for open books. Failing that, I just can't see a tablet becoming my staple diet for actual work. Once you put the keyboard on that tablet, the amount of real estate left for the monitor is tiny. Can it be that I work so differently from everyone else? I doubt it.

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Ryan Tennill   8/16/2011 10:37:08 PM
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Do people really power cycle their devices so much that startup and shutdown times are really that important? Granted I don't travel for a living but the only time I power down a machine is when I don't plan on using it for several days or if my laptop is running low.

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Jeff.Petro   8/16/2011 10:35:06 PM
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I would almost expect Windows 8 to be designed to work with smartphones, tablets, traditional PCs and single use devices (ie DVD player, media servers, etc.). Linux has been the 'goto' language of choice for most non-PC devices and I think this is where MS wants to expand in to.

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LarryM99   8/16/2011 10:29:54 PM
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I'm not so sure about that. My Xoom table has taken over at least 80% of what I used to use my laptop for. It also is taking over some of what I used to use my smartphone for, but I haven't seen much mention of that. Larry M.

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LarryM99   8/16/2011 10:27:18 PM
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That's Microsoft's Surface technology. I have seen it used in hotel lobbies and in military applications as well (battlefield planning, specifically). I wouldn't be surprised to see some version of that come out in Win8 as well. Larry M.

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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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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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