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    Quote Originally Posted by meryan00 View Post
    isnt that what they refer to when they say Metro Interface? I know the ribbon is the new Dynamic bar at the top of all Explorer windows, it has been one office since 2007 though

    I think it's just start menu. Metro is the name for the whole user interface. So even the control panel is now "metro".

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    Metro refers to the touch-oriented dynamic interface. You still have a traditional Win7-like desktop interface too. Control panel exposes some (but not all) of it's features in the Metro interface. To access all of the control panel capabilities, you still have to go to the "traditional" view.

    As a side note, it was pointed out in a Q&A session that ONLY apps designed for Metro will run on both x86 and ARM devices "out of the box". Traditional x86 apps (like RR or Centrafuse) will have to be re-compiled in order to operate on the ARM devices under Win8. What that actually means in terms of code changes, I'm not sure. WinCE runs on ARM devices, and Centrafuse has a WinCE version, so how much it would take to get it running under Win8 on ARM is an interesting question.

    Still LOTS of questions about how this OS is really going to play out across different platforms.

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    In the case of legacy apps like CF, it's not just a matter or re-compiling, but actually porting code from .NET or C++ over to WinRT. The UI model is totally different although DirectX is available so front ends that implemented their own windowing system using DX may be in a better situation.

    Ideally, apps should use XAML for the GUI to take advantage of out of box touch, hardware acceleration, and animation features. WinRT apps written in JS, C#, or VB are automatically cross-platform since they're interpreted or compiled at runtime. C++ apps will need to be cross-compiled for x86 and ARM.
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    Of course. I knew it! ;-)

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    Windows 8 running with 128MB...no "tiny" tricks, AFAIK.

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    I was wondering does this thing have a media player? I'm really tempted to give it a try but I only really wanna try it if it can use vlc media player and has a music player. I've been a beta tester since W98-2nd Edition and from then on all the way till now.. just don't know if I wanna jump into a dev

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    It's got Windows Media Player
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    It does boot FAST! Stock 3.5" Sata drive, 2.8ghz i3, 4gb ram, post to desktop in 8 seconds. The new developer tools (VS2011, Expression 5) are pretty slick, built a couple of simple apps just to get the hang of it. And I watched a couple of the build sessions in IE10 with the media playback in HTML5. No flash, just H.2654 straight from the HTML5 media element. That's pretty slick, too.

    Still too early to determine how much of the .net framework is exposed when building Metro apps. THAT will make a huge difference in what you can and can't do with that interface. Curious to see how big the "sandbox' is they let you play in.

    All in all, I'm impressed.

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    dude, this OS renders all the front ends for cars completly usless. its still on the begining , but it has bride future for car-pc , especially if some1 who knows code, embend media player and diagnostics in the metro style UI! if some1 finds a place with apps like that, plz let as know!!

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    Just installed this and wow... just need some people to make the apps for this. Windows says its easy for people who know how to script. Now all we need are the metro style vlc media player, and metro windows media player and this would totaly rock and a easy music slider.

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