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Latest Windows 8 Test Code Due Wednesday

Many in IT have been happily pounding away on Win 8's "developer preview" since last October. This Wednesday regular consumers will get the same opportunity.

The next test version is expected to be more stable and feature-rich than the one out now, though I haven't heard many complaints for current testers.

What's your experience so far with Win 8, and how do you like Metro? Share your opinions at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 02/27/2012 at 1:19 PM


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Mon, Feb 27, 2012 Thomas Owego, NY

Will it be available for ARM devices? If not, when will it be, just in time to be irrelevant?

Mon, Feb 27, 2012 James Hevener Richmond, Va

I have been playing around with the Developer Preview. And, I have a ATT HTC Titan Windows Phone with Mango. I like the Metro UI and I think the reality of the possibilities are limitless. With tablets/slates/etc - seems everyone is going toward capability of keyboardless environments. Seems like maybe in the near future a merging of the desktop power in a slate/tablet form factor - and gestures will become the norm, not the exception. As far as I can tell, you can have the former look and feel - and most businesses will need this. But, just like businesses have adopted dual displays as a standard, I believe the touch/gestures is the next thing. Seems like the hardware is already there - just look at the HP and other touch/gesture capable systems. I am quite excited about Windows 8. I think anyone who is still on XP, this will be the OS to move to that will require/deserve a hardware refresh to take advantage of next generation capabilities.

Mon, Feb 27, 2012 Jay Stratemeyer Missoula, Montana

I haven't tried the beta in a while so some things may have changed. One - I really don't feel the Metro UI is all that. Honestly, I feel it to be counter-productive for business users. I don't know if there is a way or not but I sure hope they bring back the start button or at least give us the option to have it back. Two - The windows 8 green color is just gross. I hope there is a way to change that color. Three - Metro UI seems to be a lazy way of keeping the same UI across all of there devices. it really looks a lot like xbox and windows media center. They need to strip that xtra "gunk" out of there and make a business platform if they plan on keeping linux out of our company. I was a die hard Microsoft fan. Since the disappointment in ME then Vista and then this. I am loosening the reigns on C# and moving toward more "Linux-friendly" languages. Before I lose all faith, I will wait for the final release of 8 to come out and then we will see what our company decides. Microsoft - "Seriously, if it's not broke, don't fix it..."

Mon, Feb 27, 2012 Chaiwat Thailand

Can't wait to see it!! Hope it will be compatible for my programs ><

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