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Windows 8 screenshots hit the Web

Windows 8 screenshots hit the Web

Oh well, nice try Microsoft.

The Internet is currently buzzing with stories about a number of leaks regarding Microsoft’s thought-to-be-forthcoming operating system, Windows 8.

The most concerning of these for Microsoft is likely to be the leak of the Milestone 1 build of the OS to the BetaArchive FTP site, reported over on ITProPortal.

The download was initially only available to private members of the FTP site, but quickly appeared on Torrent sites, opening it up to the wider public. The build is said to be fairly old, however, being compiled on 22 September 2010.

Windows 8 is now rumoured to be past the Milestone 2 point and nearing Milestone 3 already, so Microsoft may well have made some big changes to the OS in the meantime.

However, this leak has led to a spate of screenshots hitting the Web, which indicate Microsoft's current direction with Windows 8. One of the most interesting features of the OS seen in the screenshots is the addition of the Ribbon interface, made popular in Microsoft's Office Suite, to the Windows file browser.

Meanwhile, other screenshots show the new Windows App Store, which looks set to be a part of Windows 8. The most amusing snaps, though, are the two screenies that appear to have been grabbed by a Microsoft employee, which have the message: ‘shhh…let’s not leak our hard work’ written on the desktop wallpaper. Bad luck, Microsoft.

Are you looking forward to Windows 8, or are you currently happy with Windows 7? What do you think of the Ribbon interface potentially coming to the Windows desktop? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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b0ng0 13th April 2011, 15:43 Quote
It looks like... Windows 7. With Office 2010 menu stylings. Hm, don't know what I was expecting to be honest :|.
billysielu 13th April 2011, 15:52 Quote
Doesn't show much... which I guess is a good thing - Windows 7 is still brilliant.
james888 13th April 2011, 15:54 Quote
I am really not looking forward to windows 8 because I have heard it will be partially in the cloud. I do not like the idea of that. I know it will have to have a way to not be in the cloud... espcially if there is no internet. I really dont like the ribbon interface either. I still use old office 2003 paritally for that reason.
If microsoft takes on the faster development process from browsers, though not as fast, will we get a significant discount with it? We should because not many will buy windows 8 if they just bought windows 7 six months before.
Parge 13th April 2011, 15:54 Quote
Why the hell are they releasing Windows 8 so soon after 7 - its a quality OS and should be given a fair run like XP!
wuyanxu 13th April 2011, 15:56 Quote
2000 was a good OS, XP was released pretty early to cut it off.

Windows 7 is working very well for me. i don't think i'll be getting '8 when it comes out.

unless there's a really good feature on Win8, such as ability to not use the stupid GFWL on my games.
Zurechial 13th April 2011, 15:59 Quote
If the Ribbon interface isn't optional I'll be sticking With Win7 until it gets the ol' yeller treatment like XP. I cannot ****ing stand the Ribbon interface.

Chances are I'll be sticking with 7 either way, in fact; Unless 8 is dirt-cheap and has some killer new features that we haven't heard of yet. There's far too much competition in the OS space from Linux these days for a minor update to a minor update to Vista to be a compelling purchase.
Picarro 13th April 2011, 16:03 Quote
Am I the only one who actually quite like the Ribbon interface? It gives a great overview.
will_123 13th April 2011, 16:03 Quote
Im not really fan of windows in general only use it so i can play games. I feel OSX is generally a better and more stable OS. Also its based on BSD which i love more than anything. But windows 7 is generally ok. it does the job and lets me play my games which is all i want to do. Hopefully windows 8 carries on continuing to improve and isn't another vista disaster.
yakyb 13th April 2011, 16:06 Quote
just hope it comes out before my MSDN sub runs out :)

I didnt like ribbons at first but forced myself to use them for a month and now prefer them

people who say they dont like them i attribute to parents saying what do you need 1000 channels for we only had 4 in our day
or to people saying what do you need a 50" screen for


Microsoft will have pumped tonnes of money into researching them and the usage habits and will have determined them to be quicker / more useful

(the ribbons on office save me tonnes of time when formatting)
l3v1ck 13th April 2011, 16:08 Quote
I think a lot of companies will stick with Windows 7, especially those with in-house software.
Ours was written for 2000 and (as luck would have it) runs on XP too.
Now they're re-writing it for Windows 7. That costs a lot of money, so I imagine we'll be keeping Windows 7 for the best part of a decade.
Unless of course Windows 8 is just a minor upgrade. Just as most Win2000 drivers/software worked with XP, and some Vista drivers/software worked with 7.
I myself will be sticking with Windows 7 as I have no need to ugrade, so any cost of a new OS would be a waste for me, especially in the current financial climate.
xaser04 13th April 2011, 16:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by Picarro
Am I the only one who actually quite like the Ribbon interface? It gives a great overview.

It works (or can work) quite well in Excel/word once you get used to it but I am not so sure about applying it to windows explorer style windows. Judging by the screenshots above it takes up alot of vertical real estate which on 16:9 monitors (especially laptops) could be an issue.
fingerbob69 13th April 2011, 16:10 Quote
M$ needs to get businesses off WInXP/IE6.

Win8 isn't the answer.... although I suspect M$ fears Win7 is too good in an XP type of way.
l3v1ck 13th April 2011, 16:10 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Picarro
Am I the only one who actually quite like the Ribbon interface?
Yep. I can't stand it. It's much harder to find some of the options I want now.
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Originally Posted by fingerbob69
although I suspect M$ fears Win7 is too good in an XP type of way.
+1
Lazy_Amp 13th April 2011, 16:19 Quote
Yeah, unless there is drastic improvement in performance (unlikely since I doubt they've bothered to update the pretty darn good 7 Aero GUI), I'm predicting a hold off of many Bit-Techers to update.

Agreed xaser04, the reason I switched to Chrome real early was because of the very minimal space the vertical UI took up. On Netbooks with constant Ribbon you could barely see anything.
tristanperry 13th April 2011, 16:22 Quote
Ugh.

I'm not a fan of ribbon GUIs, and thus if it really does look like that then I'll stay with Windows 7. It does seem as though Windows 8 = Windows 7 + Slightly changed GUI + A few new features which I probably won't use, which isn't much incentive to upgrade :)
rollo 13th April 2011, 16:31 Quote
Most companies still use windows xp to this day, and that's not likely to change just cause windows 7 8 9 whatever brings more un needed features
jrs77 13th April 2011, 16:45 Quote
I'm using Windows 7 and the first thing I did was to do away with AeroUI and setup good old WinClassic-UI. Classic-UI simply uses less space and doesn't distract as much as these fancy shaded and coloured UIs. Square, thin and 50% grey is what I want.

All this new features are a total waste and actually don't offer anything of improvements. I'm not using the main-menu anyways most of the time but only keyboard-shortcuts or the right-click-menu.
Oggyb 13th April 2011, 16:53 Quote
A lot of people hating on good software-design progress in here. Makes me sad.

Although I do love the Ribbon interface, and think it's a high-quality design choice from Microsoft (and thought so in 2006 when I used the Office beta) I agree with sentiments here that it could be too much if it's enabled by default on every file browser window.

Judging by the current screenshot though, it looks like it's just tacked on at the moment - the colours are different and the standard thin toolbar is still there underneath. Probably an [Alt] function?
BRAWL 13th April 2011, 16:55 Quote
Hmmm, intresting.

The ribbon interface though, bleurgh... sorry I just can't bring myself to like it, no matter how hard I try.

I use Win7 Professional at home and it's fantastic, I've broken it once in 12 months I believe. Solid, Sturdy and Smart.
Saivert 13th April 2011, 16:55 Quote
Ribbon is a love it hate it thing. Personally I like it and I really hated the old ass pull down menus in the past that contained a gazillion menu items scattered across may submenus. Not very easy in my eyes.

Even latest Ubuntu Linux has dropped menus within apps now and uses a unified menubar just like Mac and Amiga has always had.
billysielu 13th April 2011, 16:56 Quote
A lot of companies I work with use XP+IE6 still, it's a real pita. They don't upgrade because they use a lot of software which would become incompatible. Thus there's a mountain of testing to get through, they don't see it being worthwhile.
Instagib 13th April 2011, 17:04 Quote
As long as there's no directX 12 features, i don't think i'll be needing this. Win 7 is brilliant, no reason to change.
pimonserry 13th April 2011, 17:06 Quote
How does Angry Birds get everywhere?!
xaser04 13th April 2011, 17:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Oggyb
A lot of people hating on good software-design progress in here. Makes me sad.

Although I do love the Ribbon interface, and think it's a high-quality design choice from Microsoft (and thought so in 2006 when I used the Office beta) I agree with sentiments here that it could be too much if it's enabled by default on every file browser window.

Judging by the current screenshot though, it looks like it's just tacked on at the moment - the colours are different and the standard thin toolbar is still there underneath. Probably an [Alt] function?

The major reason that alot of people hate the ribbon design, especially in excel, is because it is a paradigm shift from what they are used to. I would imagine that alot of these people have become very profficient with the old style menus and find the ribbon slows them down or makes them less effcient in their work.

I am relatively ambivilant towards the Ribbon design but I do feel that it was added to for change sake rather than for any real productivity improvement. As I said above it can work quite well (when customised) but then so can the old style 1995-2003 GUI.

I can understand the shift to the Ribbon interface as it does tie in better with the overall look and feel of Vista / 7 but I do wish they left in an option to switch back to the old style of menus for those who want Excels new features (extra row and column support) but don't want the new interface.
HourBeforeDawn 13th April 2011, 17:28 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Parge
Why the hell are they releasing Windows 8 so soon after 7 - its a quality OS and should be given a fair run like XP!

the normal release schedule for an OS is 2 years, Vista was a ground up build thus why it took a long time to develop but now that the foundation is made they can go back to their two year rotation like before.

Anyhow I heard 8 will have more motion interaction with built in gestures and so forth thus why they were throwing a fit about people hacking the kenect and using it on Windows 7 as that would reduce the appeal to go to Windows 8.
IvanIvanovich 13th April 2011, 17:34 Quote
i really hope that ribbon element is collapsible, otherwise they will be making a very poor ui choice as it takes up way too much space. if it replaces the menu functions you currently get by pressing alt, then it will be fine.
i'm also not interested in all of this cloud business. i just don't trust a 3rd party having my data somewhere. i'm also leery about the app store, as i'm afraid of the potential of windows going to a walled platform like ios if they think they can get away with it. that would be very bad.
weasel9878 13th April 2011, 17:55 Quote
DirectX 12 :D
Sankia 13th April 2011, 17:57 Quote
The ribbon interface, I'm really not sure. However I think it will be one of those things that slowly grow on you until you wouldn't be parted lol!
Floyd 13th April 2011, 17:57 Quote
Im sticking with good ol' W7
Plugs 13th April 2011, 18:06 Quote
The ribbon interface... really?
There is nothing wrong with menu bars... or right clicking
Bazz 13th April 2011, 18:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Parge
Why the hell are they releasing Windows 8 so soon after 7 - its a quality OS and should be given a fair run like XP!

LOL like they are really gonna release it tomorrow.
Boswell 13th April 2011, 18:23 Quote
From Reddit:
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(win8 dev here; throwaway account)
This is Milestone 1, which is old as hell. Win8 is well into Milestone 3, build numbers > 7980.
M1 has almost none of Win8's new features in it. Also, even if you did get a hold of an M3 build, even internal builds have most of the shiny features removed or disabled until beta release at least. MS learned a lot from the Longhorn leaks.
Please stop the sensationalism. It's stupid.
jrs77 13th April 2011, 18:35 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Oggyb
A lot of people hating on good software-design progress in here. Makes me sad.

Although I do love the Ribbon interface, and think it's a high-quality design choice from Microsoft (and thought so in 2006 when I used the Office beta) I agree with sentiments here that it could be too much if it's enabled by default on every file browser window.

Judging by the current screenshot though, it looks like it's just tacked on at the moment - the colours are different and the standard thin toolbar is still there underneath. Probably an [Alt] function?

It's not about hate or against progression, it's simply not a good design imho.

Keyboard-shortcuts and right-click-menus are simply way more productive, as you don't need to move around your pointer as much.
Instead of adding the ribbon-interface to the UI on the screen, I'd rather have a keyboard with a little touchscreen attached to it, that changes it's UI depending on what software you use currently.

I'm using an Ergodex DX-1 for example in addition to my normal keyboard, where I've mapped most of the shortcuts needed in Adobe CS.

For touchscreens this ribbon-thingy might be a good thing tho, but only if it comes as a top-down-slider not taking any screen-space all the time and it has to be highly customizable to make it into a replacement for right-click-menus or keyboard-shortcuts.

Anyways, for a desktop/workstation there's better ways for improvement in productivity using customizable input-devices.
pimlicosound 13th April 2011, 18:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by lysol
i really hope that ribbon element is collapsible, otherwise they will be making a very poor ui choice as it takes up way too much space. if it replaces the menu functions you currently get by pressing alt, then it will be fine.

That's exactly how the ribbon in Office 2007 works. You can double-click on it to expand/collapse. You can also map your favourite functions to a quick access toolbar in a window's title bar. And most of the old keyboard shortcuts still work.
GoodBytes 13th April 2011, 19:24 Quote
Took some time for Bit-tech.net to post an article on it, despite providing all sources.

I was providing screen shots on this thread, for some time now, and more pictures than posted here:
http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=206475
cgthomas 13th April 2011, 19:33 Quote
That's quite cool. If it will be Windows 7 + ribbons then I will skip Win 7 and upgrade from Vista to Win 8.
The only reason keeping me from upgrading at the moment is the price of 200+ GB SSD. I guess they will be a bit cheaper and performing better when Win 8 comes out
FuzzyOne 13th April 2011, 21:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by Oggyb
A lot of people hating on good software-design progress in here. Makes me sad.

^ This tbh :|
Gould 13th April 2011, 21:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by
Happy enough with W7. Not bothered about the cloud but instant on would be nice. Either way I hope I can get it off MSDN.
Chicken76 13th April 2011, 21:39 Quote
Oh, Microsoft, please make The Ribbon non-closable/hideble in the final release, and make it as annoying as possible. Maybe this way we'll see more innovation and diversity in the alternative-windows-shell field.
Eiffie 13th April 2011, 22:34 Quote
I love my copy of Windows 7, it would be such a shame to upgrade anytime in the next few years, I feel like I'm just starting to get the hang of how everything in the OS works and where all the options I use are. Unless there are some BEAST reasons for a gamer to upgrade I don't think I will be picking up a copy of Windows 8 for some time. Hope to hear more about it as time goes on so I can make a better judgement in the future.
digitaldunc 13th April 2011, 22:49 Quote
I sometimes feel as if Microsoft think it's obligatory for them to change the UI in some way in each release of Windows, lest people think the latest release isn't a new OS.

I echo previous sentiments in that I fail to see why this is necessary so soon; unless it contains some significant improvements. Surely anything short of serious architectural overhaul could be included in a patch/service pack? (I know, they need to keep selling software.)

Is there anything that 7 really does *that* badly?
<A88> 14th April 2011, 00:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by digitaldunc
I sometimes feel as if Microsoft think it's obligatory for them to change the UI in some way in each release of Windows, lest people think the latest release isn't a new OS.
Too true. I remember showing people the RC of Windows 7 when I first installed it on my laptop and having to suffer them saying 'it's just the same as Vista' just because they kept the glass UI shell. Of course, once they'd seen Paint with the ribbon it was a whole different story
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I echo previous sentiments in that I fail to see why this is necessary so soon; unless it contains some significant improvements. Surely anything short of serious architectural overhaul could be included in a patch/service pack? (I know, they need to keep selling software.)

Is there anything that 7 really does *that* badly?

Seriously, do you people not read what Goodbytes and I have said about 100 times on these forums already?

Windows 8 isn't due out till next year, at which point it would be 3 years after Windows 7, which is in line with pretty much every other Windows release bar XP-Vista.

There.

Anyways, I pretty much upgrade Windows religiously since I'm obsessive about having as efficient a workspace as possible. The Explorer ribbon as it stands looks pretty ugly and un-nescessary at first glance, but having given it some thought it does simplify a lot of the dead simple commands that I and most of you take for granted, like selecting everthing in a folder and copying it to another location. Something that takes me 10 seconds to do takes at least a minute to explain over the phone to my grandparents who can't grasp holding down multiple keyboard buttons which seem to make no sense.

If they refine the UI and hopefuly work some nice Metro magic on it then it might actually turn out to be reasonably useful.
Anfield 14th April 2011, 00:12 Quote
About the Ribbon Stuff, did People suddenly forget that there are usually options to customize the looks of the UI?

Anyway, as long as there aren't any major changes under the hood I'll just stick with Windows 7.
<A88> 14th April 2011, 00:18 Quote
The ribbon should be collapsable like it is everywhere else, so that double-clicking on it will turn it into a 'show on click' overlay, not a permanantly docked one.
impar 14th April 2011, 00:22 Quote
Greetings!

7 has a worse interface than Vista, and now 8 with riboon?
Ross1 14th April 2011, 01:50 Quote
After a good 18 months of using windows 7, I am still trying to find my way around the ribbon interface on paint. The simplest of simple programs, yet every time I go to use it I find myself spending time working out where the hell zoom went to, and still forget where undo is, and just start a new canvas instead.

So more ribbons can **** right off.
<A88> 14th April 2011, 02:18 Quote
The zoom's on the bottom, like it is on pretty much every other photo editing suite, and in Microsoft's own Live Photo Gallery and the last 2 versions of Office :| I thought you guys were meant to be intelligent geeks?!
l3v1ck 14th April 2011, 03:13 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Parge
Why the hell are they releasing Windows 8 so soon after 7 - its a quality OS and should be given a fair run like XP!
Because MS want to make money.
Nicho133 14th April 2011, 04:00 Quote
So far it seems like Windows 8 is just a minor upgrade from Windows 7, I might end up skipping this one and wait for Windows 9 which will probably be the major upgrade.
sWW 14th April 2011, 04:40 Quote
I've still not quite understood the reason for ribbons as they seem to be more inefficient than what they were replacing :\
fluxtatic 14th April 2011, 06:32 Quote
I resisted 7 for a good long while. I'd spent so much time tweaking XP to be just so (along with slipstreaming and automating installation discs) that I was loathe to give it up. However, I really dig 7 now. There are still some things that really annoy me (not having full control over files even when I am local admin, for one), but for the most part, it's excellent. What I don't like is Office 2010 and its stupid ribbon. The only thing it has proved good for is dredging my memory for keyboard shortcuts for simple tasks. I only use the 'Home' tab in Excel, Word, etc, if I absolutely have to. Beyond that I stick to Ctrl+P, Ctrl+S, etc. It may be the Ribbon is 'more inuitive than ever', but only if you never used previous versions of Office. At least give me the option to go back to 'Classic' menus if I want to. The Ribbon wastes an incredible amount of my time at work now, and I've been using O2k10 for 3 moths.
fluxtatic 14th April 2011, 06:33 Quote
Damnit, *months*
GoodBytes 14th April 2011, 06:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by fluxtatic
What I don't like is Office 2010 and its stupid ribbon. The only thing it has proved good for is dredging my memory for keyboard shortcuts for simple tasks. I only use the 'Home' tab in Excel, Word, etc, if I absolutely have to.

You can customize the ribbon bar in Office 2010. You can even make your own tab, put it first, and have all your most used options there.
Hashime 14th April 2011, 07:05 Quote
It is a good thing my school will get me a free copy.
impar 14th April 2011, 10:15 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ross1
After a good 18 months of using windows 7, I am still trying to find my way around the ribbon interface on paint.
http://www.getpaint.net/
The same interface as always.
perplekks45 14th April 2011, 10:42 Quote
I really hoped they'd go more in the direction of a customizable OS. I loved their modular prototype OS that basically copied from *NIX/LINUX distribution, in the sense they allow you to chose all components you think you'll need to create a slim & fast OS without all the crap.
I can't be the only person thinking that moving useless applications (Windows Movie Maker, I'm looking at you!) into the cloud or at least keep them tidy in app compilations like Microsoft Live Essentials was a smart move, right?

And I think ribbon takes some time getting used to but then it's superiour to the old-school interfaces.
digitaldunc 14th April 2011, 13:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by <A88>

Windows 8 isn't due out till next year, at which point it would be 3 years after Windows 7, which is in line with pretty much every other Windows release bar XP-Vista.

There.

You miss my main point though... what is going to be so revolutionary about Windows 8 that warrants an upgrade, rather than upgrading for the sake of lining Microsoft's coffers? Commonly thrown around PR terms such as "More productive", "Faster", "Better access to the Internet" will not suffice for most of the enthusiasts on this forum.

It's not like the transition from 16 to 32 bit binaries, or 64 bit in more recent times, the migration away from the frankly awful 9x series to a NT based kernel, etc...
Xir 14th April 2011, 13:42 Quote
Are the horizontally structured buttons what you call "Ribbon"?
(Have to ask, I don't know anybody that uses the "new" office :D
Panomama 14th April 2011, 14:13 Quote
I've installed it.
They haven't added enough things to make it windows 8 yet. The Desktop and transparency on windows has changed - but nothing else. The installation is windows 7 enterprise.
GoodBytes 14th April 2011, 16:29 Quote
I would like to remind everyone that:
- Windows 8 is in the works as we speak.
- Microsoft still experiment things.
- Check out some features that did not make it to Win7 for example: http://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/79-8-windows7-design-mix09.html
Expect the same with Win8, some feature to be removed for the better.

Here are some other picture in my Win8 thread:
http://www.winrumors.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/win8liveleak2.jpg

Win8 Setup (running under Win7)
http://winreview.ru/e107_images/newspost_images/installprep/002.jpg

Win8 log-in screen:
http://www.winrumors.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/win8logon.jpg

Black screen of Death:
http://winreview.ru/e107_images/newspost_images/installprep/012.jpg
Doctor Hades 14th April 2011, 16:37 Quote
While I realise that development on new versions of Windows is a continuing process, I found it annoying that Microsoft were talking about Windows 8 even before Windows 7 was finalised. It gives the impression that the current version of Windows will be superseded sooner rather than later.

Am I interested in Windows 8?

Well, yes and no. Yes because ultimately it will replace Windows 7 and, no, because I'm perfectly happy with Windows 7 and don't feel that a new version will offer anything above and beyond what I have now. Windows 7 replaced Vista, which lets face it was a bloated operating system if ever there was one. Windows 7 was a streamlined non-beta version of Vista really and I cannot see Windows 8 topping it. I believe Windows 7 will become as popular as XP was and, for all we know, Windows 8 might be a step backwards and become the next Vista!!!

And I hate those ribbons anyway. I've used Office 2003 at work and the user interface is a cluttered mess IMO compared with Office 2000. Horrible. If Windows 8 is going to be like that then I'm happy to put off buying it for as long as possible!
GoodBytes 14th April 2011, 16:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Doctor Hades
While I realise that development on new versions of Windows is a continuing process, I found it annoying that Microsoft were talking about Windows 8 even before Windows 7 was finalised. It gives the impression that the current version of Windows will be superseded sooner rather than later.
Then you would HATE computer hardware company. While a new GPU is out (or wtv hardware product you look at), at that moment of release. Already the company is finishing the next product, and I don't mean the lighter version... no no no.. I mean the new generation.
Basically, at the moment ATi released the Radeon 6000 series, they are MAYBE 75-80% done with the 7000 series. Once done, it passes into debug stages, and then driver polishing, and then it stays in the company shelf, until they see a need to release it (same story for Intel, Nvidia, and the rest). Very rarely that is not the case. When it's not the case, it's because the competition released a better product hurting the company sales and market share, so they quick release the card/chip.

In other words, if you are an engineer working there... it's got be hard to buy a product when you know what you are working on is SO MUCH better.


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And I hate those ribbons anyway. I've used Office 2003 at work and the user interface is a cluttered mess IMO compared with Office 2000. Horrible. If Windows 8 is going to be like that then I'm happy to put off buying it for as long as possible!
I believe the ribbon bar is great, it really made features unknown, known to the user. In addition, the ribbon bar is customizable from Office (2010), so you can make your own tab, put it first, and put YOUR most used features/options.
HOWEVER, I believe the ribbon bar can be annoying on programs with few features. Hence, why I don't think I'll be happy with Win8.

BUT, it made me think. Perhaps the ribbon bar on folders, is not a default option. What I mean, is that it is perhaps designed for Tablet's, where you on;y have your index. No right-click per say, that is easy accessible. In which case, it would make sense.
GoodBytes 14th April 2011, 19:34 Quote
Windows 8 Login system in action Looks very fast:
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Toploaded 15th April 2011, 00:08 Quote
I'm very happy with 7. Unless they do something under the hood that makes Windows run significantly faster and more efficiently, I'll sit out the next generation I think.
Xir 15th April 2011, 10:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by GoodBytes
...then it stays in the company shelf, until they see a need to release it (same story for Intel, Nvidia, and the rest).
Nope, actually it's released as soon as possible, just to keep up with the race.
Todays semiconductors are working prototypes, really, hot from the press, let's hope they work till noone cares anymore.
We are talking slightly in front of the cutting edge of technology here, the magical term is "Risk-Production" :D
Well, maybe not at Intel at the moment...they might have a shelf or a drawer or something. But seeing the recent P68-B2 disaster...I doubt it.
Hashime 15th April 2011, 10:34 Quote
I am actually a fan of the ribbon interface. It took me over a year to really figure it out, but now that I get how they are laid out it saves me a ton of time. Especially when using my tablet for notes.

Now all I need to do is figure out the ribbons in AutoCad 2010. I am still lost in that program. (I learned with 2007 LT).
GoodBytes 15th April 2011, 14:16 Quote
Here is an leaked out interesting feature of Win8.. well for some..

Windows 8 will be portable (either a specific version to buy, or feature on the Enterprise/Ultimate edition)
http://www.winrumors.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/win8portableworkspace2.jpg

Source: http://www.winrumors.com/windows-8-portable-workspace-allows-you-to-run-windows-from-a-usb-device/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WinRumors+%28WinRumors%29
fingerbob69 16th April 2011, 04:29 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hashime
I am actually a fan of the ribbon interface. It took me over a year to really figure it out, but now that I get how they are laid out it saves me a ton of time. Especially when using my tablet for notes.

Now all I need to do is figure out the ribbons in AutoCad 2010. I am still lost in that program. (I learned with 2007 LT).

Is that 'ton of time' gonna ever equal the year you took to figure it out? Break even, if you will!
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