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A Million Test Spins in 24 Hours

Looks like there's some real excitement (or general curiosity) for Windows 8. Microsoft announced that the Consumer Preview, released last Wednesday, had been downloaded more than 1 million times in less than 24 hours.

I'm guessing that this number has at least doubled or tripled as of Monday, since many probably held off until the weekend to give it a spin. Microsoft hasn't given any download update since Thursday's Twitter announcement.

This should also give a bump of Windows 8 market share, which sits at 0.02 percent. While that's a tiny fraction of a number, I'm still surprised that it has that -- the only available version was the features-light Windows 8 Developer Preview.

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-- By Chris Paoli

Posted by Chris Paoli on 03/05/2012 at 1:19 PM

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Tue, Mar 13, 2012 Joe Panama City, FL

I have it running in a VM. I was surprised that it requested/required 40 gigabytes to install which made me wonder about the phone hardware that is going to run this thing. Then I started thinking about the big picture -- how this interface gets us a little closer to Minority Report. With Kinect attached this could be used for most things, other than strictly typing. Verbal input could handle most of that, but not in an office setting. For home use, though, this could become the central point of the entire home entertainment hub.

Wed, Mar 7, 2012 vaITprosDOTcom Richmond, Va

I am actually quite excited it. If you think about where we are going, you will be too. Take what we currently have in touch capabilities and couple that with capabilities like we see in XBox Kinect - and you should have an idea of where I think all of this is going. Very exciting. I loaded the Dev Prev back in Oct on a Quad core desktop system, and on an HP 2710p touch tablet. I have loaded the Consumer Preview on the 2710p. Oddly, the performance is not bad at all - and that 2710p is long in the tooth for sure. Having a Windows Phone (Mango - HTC Titan) - I have really grown to like the Tiles. And the integration of social networking on the phone and desktop is really quite beneficial in my business. I have grown to like the way the Metro UI is there, and have found ways to accomplish everything I could before - just took a few minutes of poking around and reading others posts. As far as compatibility goes, just about every software developer out there releases new updates every year anyway, so I am not that concerned. I think the developers have learned to come up to speed faster, and the dev cycle seems pretty good for most COTS applications and hardware that my business and my clients require. I just can not wait till I can get one of those 23" Touch systems to run it on!

Mon, Mar 5, 2012 Bruce Roeser DeLand, FL

I've got it running in Virtual Box on my XPS. It runs fine but I see nothing - and I mean *nothing* that I would want with this. Metro should have been implemented as a subsystem to the desktop, not the other way around. I'm likely to stick with Windows7 for a very long time. For my mobile devices, iOS. I still like Microsoft but they're taking a direction with this one that I, as a developer, don't believe I will support.

Mon, Mar 5, 2012 Bryan

I probably haven't given it a good enough test, but its doubtful I ever will, at least not anytime soon. First impressions are Blah, Boring, unimpressed, toooo much switching between Tile and desktop, annoying. This may work on a touch interface, but it seems very non multitasking and too much the single task mode of a "smartphone". At this rate I will milk my Win7 for as long as I can. I have been reasonable excited with every new version of Windows since Win95 preview, not this time. :(

Mon, Mar 5, 2012

So far I think that Windows 8 appears to be the most non user friendly operating system that Microsoft has ever developed, there are numerous Windows XP users that hesitated upgrading due to the fear of change, Windows 8 is not for the majority of users of PC's.

Mon, Mar 5, 2012 Tom Klima Mentor, OH

I installed the Win8 Consumer Preview Build 8250 as soon as it was offered. I’m using the 64-bit version on a 64-bit system with 6GB ram.
It does take some getting used to…especially the Metro features. I find myself spending most of my time in the desktop view.
I did notice that when I try to open a video_ts.ifo file (in the Video_TS folder on my hard drive) with Windows Media Player that’s supplied with Windows 8, nothing happens. I didn’t have this issue with Windows 7. I even tried installing the K-Lite_Codec_Pack_700 and it didn’t help.
Also, I do miss the Start Button in the desktop view. Currently, it seems that just about everything I want to do in Windows 8, forces me to switch views. Maybe I’ll get used to it

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