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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Windows 8 Consumer Preview (Beta) Arrives for Everyone

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Laptop Thoughts Talk" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/wind...t;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?


Friday, October 14, 2011

Windows 8 Tablet Review: Kupa X11

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.netbooknews.com/36950/ku...+(Netbook+News)

"Windows 8 tablets are just around the corner but and tablet maker Kupa is showing off the X11 running the upcoming operating systems. It was great to play around with a tablet that has Windows 8 navigation up and running."

Interesting to see Windows 8 and the new Metro UI running (and running pretty well for a prototype) on a tablet. Retailing starting at $699, the 900 gram, 10.1-inch X11 sports an Intel Atom processor, a 1366x768 semi-gloss high-res screen, 2GB RAM, front and rear cameras, a nice collection of ports, and a 64GB SSD. For $999 (or $799 per the video) the X11 adds 3G service, and ups the SSD to 128GB. No details were provided on availability, or on a critical component, battery life. To me, the X11 looked a bit bulky (thick), and a bit unwieldy, but again, it's a prototype, not a finished product. Thoughts?


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