Microsoft's (MSFT) consumer preview of Windows 8 is receiving positive ink. Kevin C. Tofel...

Microsoft's (MSFT) consumer preview of Windows 8 is receiving positive ink. Kevin C. Tofel thinks the combination of the Metro UI, a smart keyboard, gesture and connectivity features, low power consumption, and SkyDrive could make it a "contender" in the tablet market. David Pogue calls the OS a "beautful, logical, and simple" rethinking of Windows, and one that's a "natural fit" for touchscreens.

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  • Yokyok
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    alternate review: unbearable disaster
    29 Feb 2012, 09:40 PM Reply Like
  • D_Virginia
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    I haven't seen an overall poor review from any reputable source yet. It's got a few warts on it, but overall it's pretty good.


    I'm sure Apple will tell you how bad it is, but anyone else?
    1 Mar 2012, 11:02 AM Reply Like
  • Eightball
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    Exactly D_


    I will buy a win8 tablet and probably home computer with a touch screen too. Plus a windows phone sometime so I can get my unlimited Zune streaming anywhere. Really Microsoft's ecosystem is superior to Apple's, if only on the strength of Xbox and Kinect.
    1 Mar 2012, 01:42 PM Reply Like
  • Manosij Majumdar
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    Well, that settles it then. Pretty sure you know better than David Pogue.
    23 Apr 2012, 06:00 PM Reply Like
  • berylrb
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    well time will tell if it is superior, but for sure from the videos and my one "feel touch session" it is definitely more Apple-like. That's not a bash at all: tiles are similar to dock, text, icons badges all familiar. Different but familiar enough to make sense. Kudoes to MS.


    Is kinect cloud based sync services? Cal, mail, contacts, streaming content depository, etc.?
    3 May 2012, 12:21 AM Reply Like
  • berylrb
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    David said, among many things, "In other words, Windows 8 seems to favor tablets and phones. On a nontouch computer like a laptop or desktop PC, the beauty and grace of Metro feels like a facade that’s covering up the old Windows. It’s two operating systems to learn instead of one."


    Water is still under the bridge on how this facade will be received.


    The phone tablet simplicity should be well received, many of th ooh ahs have cross platform matches, for instance both Android and iOS give notification on the app icons w/r to how much mail is waiting etc.


    I just don't see how it is "superior", it's just a fresh new interpretation of the GUI.


    But I'm moved enough to consider making money off the millions of MS fans who now have a modern phone/tablet OS. I'm still considering opening a position in NOK.
    31 May 2012, 11:10 AM Reply Like
  • GSlusher
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    Would you consider that a "reputable source"?
    26 Aug 2012, 09:37 PM Reply Like
  • GSlusher
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    Careful. The vast majority of WIndows users are businesses. They are unlikely to switch to WIndows 8 anytime soon. The largest employer in my area is still using XP for most things. If it works, why change it? It would cost them hundreds of thousands just to train people to use Windows 8.
    26 Aug 2012, 09:39 PM Reply Like
  • kata
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    I'll take the Mcd's of tech thx, but i wish they would raise the div.
    23 Apr 2012, 01:21 PM Reply Like
  • Eightball
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    True. They did just up though. Another special dividend?
    24 Apr 2012, 07:30 PM Reply Like
  • emraasch
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    The MS process may be slow, it may be redundant and it's not even foolproof, but I'd rather see those extra steps taken in the MS factory than in my company or on my desk.
    23 Apr 2012, 02:28 PM Reply Like
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    Paul is clueless; the Win 8 system will likely become the standard for design...
    30 May 2012, 02:17 PM Reply Like
  • W2A
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    I wonder how many investor pundits have actually tried Windows 8. I have been using it on my Acer W 500 tablet since the Consumer Beta release. When Mr Softy decided to remove Flash, Silverlight, Start, Start Menu and now Aero from Win 8 I turned pessimistic. There is no reason beyond pure arrogance or poor management to not offer these as options to the installed base of Windows users. I suspect these moves will ensure another Vista fiasco at a time when Microsoft and PC manufacturers do not have the luxury of getting it right with Windows 9.
    30 May 2012, 03:38 PM Reply Like
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