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Old 09-28-2011, 11:21 PM
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Default Windows 8 From a Mac Point of View

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/a_mac_users_first_reaction_to_windows_8/' target='_blank'>http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/arti...n_to_windows_8/</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"I have been taking a look at the current Windows 8 Developer Preview (DP). I elected to install the 64-bit version in Parallels 7 on a quad core i7 iMac with 8 GB of RAM, and that went very well. The idea was to size it up from a first-look standpoint, especially in light of Apple's recent release of OS X Lion."</em></p><p><img height="332" src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/at/auto/1317248196.usr105634.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" width="500" /></p><p>Since we had the alternative viewpoint <a href="http://www.applethoughts.com/news/show/117300/os-x-lion-from-a-different-vista.html" target="_blank">posted here recently</a>, only fair to let you know about how a Mac user thinks Windows 8 works out isn't it? And after reading this article, you may be surprised on what the author says, or perhaps not. Either way, an interesting read.&nbsp;</p>
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Old 09-29-2011, 02:45 AM
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I played with this release on my MBA using VirtualBox. Whether it was the CULV processor in the Air or VirtualBox, I found it to be really jerky with lots of lag. I generally like the tiles metaphor for a tablet or desktop (I hated it on a phone) but the lack of [easily] discoverable controls was irritating. I always had to resort to firing up taskmgr to close apps and most of them had no controls whatsoever. That some apps require classic mode is going to be a turn off for those wishing to stay within the tiles UI. In this state I don't think it's possible to give it a fair review.
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Old 09-29-2011, 03:36 PM
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From the article, "There’s nothing like comparing two OSes to put each one into proper context." That actually should read 'There’s nothing like comparing [a pre beta release of one OS] to [the final shiiping version of another] to put each one into proper context.' Yea. Even if it wasn't a fairly reasonable assesment.

I think Macguy59 is right. Too early to do this sort of comparison/contrast. Won't dispute anyone commenting on Windows 8 on it's own merits (or lack) or direction (or lack), but to compare it to a shipping release is kind of stacking the deck. Kind of like comparing a finished house to one that is just framed. You see where it's going, but you wouldn't want to live in it now.

Interesting that Mcguy59 had apparent laginess. I've had no such issue with it installed natively on a PC, and not a powerhouse (Dell Duo). Smoother than I would have expected, given the early state.
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