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    Windows 8 UI



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p92QfWOw88I

    You got see this...touch optimized, of course you can also access the desktop mode for productivity purposes and file system access, but for media/entertainment/browsing...I think this is phenomenal.


    I particularly like the tiles, as opposed to icons. Icons are puerile by comparison, IMHO. I think tiles are more informative and useful. I love windows phone 7 UI, this adds multi tasking and design in a very fluid way thanks to the power of the desktop. I can see users combining mouse and gestures in a day to day basis, it's just a matter of time (and apps).


    More info here (Endgadget) and here (Anandtech).

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    Great article explaining most of the features so far, making the same point I made above re icons:

    let’s face it, while sometimes pretty, icons are always static. They don’t do anything. Live Tiles are the opposite. Borrowing from Windows Phone 7, when you log into Windows 8, the first thing you’ll see is a homescreen full of square and rectangular Live Tiles. These are shortcuts, but they’re also much more. Since they’re larger, they can display pictures and animate to show new, relevant information to you before you ever enter an application. For instance, the Hotmail app may show you how many unread messages are in your inbox. The weather tile above actually shows the weather before you even enter the app.
    We’re also assuming that Live Tiles will be very flexible, allowing you to make a tile for almost anything you wish, from an individual flight, to a webpage you want to remember, to a file, to a single feature or page within an application. In many ways, Live Tiles offer much more information than a standard desktop, but are sparse enough that you don’t get information overload from looking at your homescreen.
    From what we gather so far, it appears that the standard Windows 8 homescreen can hold a grid of 18 square Live Tiles. As you can see above, some apps will have small square Live Tiles, while others will have double-sized tiles. It would be cool if tiles could grow even larger, assuming you desire it. We presume that the new homescreen will add pages infinitely (or for a while) based on the number of tiles you add. If not, it will likely have a set number of homescreen pages you can fill, much like Android phones. You’ll be able to drag Live Tiles around and reorganize them as you wish
    http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/...-how-it-works/

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    I do find it kind of strange that they basically made a front end for their operating system. It seems a little bit counter-intuitive. And the fact that it mimics the Windows Phone 7 (in Windows 8 mind you) also seems like a bit of a step in the wrong direction. They should have called it the Windows Phone 8 if they were looking to make the new OS with a similar layout. I just hope they are not going to force us to use the front end and that they also spend time on optimizing and innovating the back end of the OS.

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    Counter-Intuitive? Have you seen the video? The thing was designed for a big multitouch screen, like this 22" one for $250.00.

    Have you ever tried using a touchscreen with the stock Windows 7 FE? Not that intuitive. When I'm showing pictures for my 3year old daughter on my main PC, she tries to use as it's an iPad, pinching and sliding her fingers trying to see the next one. That's not good, and I bet MS sees that.

    Now if you don't have a touch screen, you can of course disable all that. It's already being said that when in an app you won't see all that anyways. But I can see a multitouch screen as a second (or third) monitor in my setup no problem. Also on the kitchen PC, not to mention laptops.

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    I guess if you're a fan of large touchscreens it will work for you. I personally will avoid that trend at all costs. CarPCs are fun but will always be limited by the fact that the majority of the user interaction revolves around touch screens. Why would i want to compound that issue in my home or at work?

    Another gripe i have with this particular user interface is, while i agree tiles are better than icons, the tiles are all over the place and dont seem to have any rhyme or reason to them. I'm sure this will be able to be adjusted and sorted, but that means each PC i use i'll have to get used to another interface.

    then.. there's gestures.....
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    Well, I for one love the iPad and other mobile interfaces, like Windows Phone 7, and I think if Windows can be seem to look as fast as those devices, it will add to the experience.

    I have four finger gestures set on my iPad, and I use it all the time. Can't see why you wouldn't like them. I would love to send an app who just crash flying over the screen, WebOS style...LOL

    The most basic gesture, swipe left and right to change screens/windows, should be universal in all front ends and apps...

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    I think that touch screen would be awesome for home and car application if all touchscreens were similar to that of the iPhone or iPad. Most other touchscreen monitors just don't compare. Not nearly as sensitive, and dull, dull, dull.

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    Home touch screen are great - but with a keyboard.
    Often faster than a mouse (and mouse-RSI free; not that trackball users have that problem (as much)) it has advantages.

    Mind you, screen fingerprints are IMO damned annoying.

    I'll probably skip W8 - I love W7 but had the luxury of skipping XP. (And of course Vista - but I know to always avoid every 3rd Windows release!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean_brown View Post
    I think that touch screen would be awesome for home and car application if all touchscreens were similar to that of the iPhone or iPad. Most other touchscreen monitors just don't compare. Not nearly as sensitive, and dull, dull, dull.
    depends on the touch screen, not the monitor.

    capacitive touch is clearer, with IR touch being the clearest. IR touch is a little less sensitive because of the way it is made, but either have very clear images with very good response.

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    Yeah, so I guess I'm a big fan of capacitive touch

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