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Have you downloaded the Windows 8 preview?   [Edit]

Survey period: 12 Mar 2012 to 19 Mar 2012

The Windows 8 consumer preview is out. Taken if for a test drive yet?

Not yet, but I will29828.30
No, nor will I39437.42

Q2. Have you installed it?

No, but I have downloaded it837.87
No, because I haven't yet downloaded it32630.90
No, and nor will I34532.70

GeneralDecouple the Desktop and Tablet Pin
Grant Frisken18-Mar-12 19:40
MemberGrant Frisken18-Mar-12 19:40 
From one perspective I think that Microsoft could be on a winner. Having an OS (Metro) that it is optimized to work with touch and use other tablet features while being able to convert into a fully functionally PC if you connect a keyboard and mouse, sounds like it could be a great marketing strategy to hook those who are already committed to the windows platform.

On the other hand forcing Metro down the throat of your existing business/power users like they have in the preview seems like a great way of antagonizing the very market you are trying to attract. As far as I can see it would be zero work for Microsoft to offer an option to allow users to start in traditional desktop mode and give them back the normal start button (which is still there under the covers anyway). I'm hoping this is just Microsoft's way of forcing people to try out that new Metro interface and when the final product is delivered they will have listened to the outcry from their core user base and sanity will be restored.

I also have to confess that I personally don't like the whole Metro look. I know it's the rage and that they have design rationalizations - but to me it just looks like they've sacked their design department and got the developers to do the visuals. The startup screens reminds me of something from 40 years ago when we only had 16 color screens. And what is with the fish background??? Surely they could have come up with something that looked slightly more professional in a preview that will be widely downloaded.

My final gripe is as a component/tools developer. The Metro stack will represent the 3rd major PC GUI framework in the last 10 years (Windows Forms, WPF, Metro). That's if you believe the hype from Microsoft about Metro being the way of the future for app development - and if you don't count Silverlight/Windows Phone). I know change is an inherent part of the industry but this rate of change does not give businesses and developers a chance to catch up. Businesses want to know that vendors have a long term commitment to a platform before they choose it. They don't want to spend 3 years developing a product and then find their chosen framework is a deadend. WPF and Windows Forms may still be supported but the subliminal message comming from Redmond is that Metro is the way forward.

We've seen this before when WPF was released, very few new projects were commenced in Windows Forms once WPF was released - even though arguably Windows Forms would have been a better choice for many projects given its much more mature tools and components market and larger pool of developers. The case with Metro is possibly worse because I think in many cases it just won't be possible (or desirable) to build LOB applications in Metro and yet it seems like that's where Microsoft is putting all their eggs. Businesses will start looking at what other options they have for building applications where the vendor does have a long term commitment. After all if we have to completely rewrite our application why not not evaluate all the options. Once they do that some of the frameworks that allow cross platform development will start to look very attractive and Microsoft will lose its lock in to the Windows platform.
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GeneralSigh Pin
Keith Barrow18-Mar-12 0:12
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GeneralNot Impressed... Pin
Paul Conrad16-Mar-12 14:37
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Generalnot yet Pin
Nelek16-Mar-12 10:37
protectorNelek16-Mar-12 10:37 
Generalwindows 8 Pin
Mirko Rostami16-Mar-12 6:16
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GeneralTried to install it, but it failed Pin
Patje15-Mar-12 3:45
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GeneralRe: Tried to install it, but it failed Pin
Mirko Rostami16-Mar-12 6:17
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GeneralRe: Tried to install it, but it failed Pin
Dylan Morley16-Mar-12 7:39
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GeneralRe: Tried to install it, but it failed Pin
Rodrigo Venegas19-Mar-12 5:56
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GeneralIt's fun... Pin
Nagy Vilmos15-Mar-12 2:06
professionalNagy Vilmos15-Mar-12 2:06 
GeneralMultiple monitor support? Pin
Ravi Sant13-Mar-12 21:41
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GeneralMisspell "because" However, I haven't downloaded yet but soon will be running it in virtual machine. Pin
Andre' Gardiner13-Mar-12 13:14
professionalAndre' Gardiner13-Mar-12 13:14 
GeneralHmmm: not liking Metro Pin
R. Giskard Reventlov13-Mar-12 6:10
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GeneralRe: Hmmm: not liking Metro Pin
Ravi Sant13-Mar-12 21:38
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GeneralDonwloaded but it has been impossible to install Pin
Joan M12-Mar-12 22:49
professionalJoan M12-Mar-12 22:49 
GeneralRe: Donwloaded but it has been impossible to install Pin
sjelen13-Mar-12 1:33
professionalsjelen13-Mar-12 1:33 
GeneralRe: Donwloaded but it has been impossible to install Pin
tosch13-Mar-12 1:34
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GeneralGive me a machine Pin
Tom Clement12-Mar-12 14:25
professionalTom Clement12-Mar-12 14:25 
GeneralRe: Give me a machine Pin
Michael Bergman13-Mar-12 5:23
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GeneralRe: Give me a machine Pin
Tom Clement13-Mar-12 5:43
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GeneralRe: Give me a machine Pin
Lutosław18-Mar-12 14:35
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GeneralRe: Give me a machine Pin
Tom Clement20-Mar-12 19:31
professionalTom Clement20-Mar-12 19:31 
GeneralFunny you should ask Pin
Jeremy Hutchinson12-Mar-12 8:54
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GeneralDon't touch my screen! Pin
snorkie12-Mar-12 11:26
professionalsnorkie12-Mar-12 11:26 
GeneralTried it and didn't care for it Pin
Mike Hankey12-Mar-12 7:54
professionalMike Hankey12-Mar-12 7:54 

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