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Old 03-29-2011, 11:30 PM
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Default PC Makers Get First Hands-On With Windows 8

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.businessinsider.com/pc-makers-get-their-first-taste-of-windows-8-2011-3' target='_blank'>http://www.businessinsider.com/pc-m...indows-8-2011-3</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"Microsoft has shipped the first test version of Windows 8 to PC makers, according to posts on online forums, which means it's on track for a late 2012 release.&nbsp;Windows 8 is a big deal for Microsoft because it will have special features for tablets -- it will be the first version of the full Windows desktop OS to run on the low-powered ARM processors used in most tablets, and will have a design that works better on touch screens."</em></p><p>Am I crazy, or does Windows 7 still feel "new"? I guess after the massive, painful gap between Windows XP and Windows Vista, anything faster than that is going to feel a bit different - though Windows 7 couldn't come fast enough after Vista. I didn't hate Vista like some people did, but I knew Windows 7 was going to fix a lot of the rough edges around Vista, so I was keenly looking forward to it. Windows 8 coming in late 2012 or 2013 makes sense; Windows 7 came out in October of 2009, so late 2012 would make it three years. Windows 7 is an excellent operating system; I wonder what improvements Windows 8 will bring to the table beyond the tablet improvements? I'm still extremely reluctant to believe that Microsoft can implement a touch-based UI that doesn't feel tacked on. Guess we'll see!</p>
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:52 AM
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You're not alone, this does feel very fast. Then again MS did come out with new OSes every 3 years or so. Vista's disaster meant that XP to Windows 7 was a good 8 years. Plus XP was good enough to last that long, so expectations have changed somewhat.
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