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Old 02-29-2012, 10:00 PM
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Default Windows 8 Consumer Preview (Beta) Arrives for Everyone;siu-container

"Summary: With today’s release of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Microsoft is finally ready for the public to pass judgment on its most important software release in nearly two decades. Here’s what to expect."

Naturally there is controversy already: much of what I've seen written today has been about the disappearance of the start button in the lower left of the screen. Funny the amount of resistance to change in technology; reminds me of the introduction of Windows 95. I even saw Windows 8 referred-to as MS BOB V2. In any case, this is only a beta, not a finished product, so I'm sure that MS is paying attention to feedback.

The Consumer Preview performs well, and W8 may breathe a bit of life into computers that struggle with Windows 7. It is a 2.5GB download, and should run in a virtual environment. This article is a very good overview, and even explains the new keyboard shortcuts. Reading the comments, there seems to be real resistance to change, with comments akin to "how will I get Grandma to change?" or "who will support the users when they get lost?" Well, based on tablet acceptance and the improved user experience, I expect fewer problems for more casual users. Grandma will be fine. Thoughts?

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