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Fixing Windows 8

Wow! Microsoft is thinking about bringing back the Start Menu and Modern apps on the Desktop. This is perfect timing! Here you’ll why it’s a good idea and how they should do it.
posted by Artw on Dec 12, 2013 - 174 comments

The enigmatic language of the new Windows 8 ads

"What was most perplexing of all to me was that, although I was certain that the ads contained Chinese phrases and sentences, every Chinese person to whom I showed them emphatically maintained that they could not understand a single word."
posted by roll truck roll on May 18, 2013 - 56 comments

Not the Borg After all...

Ballmer, Sinofsky and the struggle for the soul of Microsoft
posted by Artw on Dec 11, 2012 - 52 comments

Fixing Windows 8

Classic Shell is an open-source program that fixes two of the biggest problems users perceive with the newly-released Windows 8: it brings back the Start Menu, and it allows users to log-in directly to the Desktop instead of the Start Screen. (8.4 MB WINDOWS DOWNLOAD)
posted by JHarris on Oct 29, 2012 - 154 comments

Sandpaper not included

Today saw Apple has enter the competitive 7" tablet market with the iPad Mini. But what if your tablety desires run to something larger, not smaller? Sony has you covered with a 20-inch, 11-pound "tabletop PC".
posted by Artw on Oct 23, 2012 - 265 comments

Is it curtains for Windows 8?

Some early reviews of Windows 8: "The worst computing experience I've ever had." "A technological, ideological and functional failure." "I’ve felt almost totally at sea — confused, paralyzed, angry, and ultimately resigned to the pain of having to alter the way I do most of my work." (previously) [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen on Aug 23, 2012 - 281 comments

Once a new technology rolls over you, if you're not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road. -- Stewart Brand

Steam to sell productivity software [main link]. Gabe's dislike of the Windows 8 app store [BBC] may be explained. It's particularly interesting given that Steam is about to launch on Linux [Valve] [previously on Mefi]; it's one app store across all three platforms. [more inside]
posted by jaduncan on Aug 8, 2012 - 29 comments

Surface to Air

Borrowing a name from another product, Microsoft today announced it's first ever hardware products running a mainstream version of Windows, and the first designed for Windows 8: The Microsoft Surface, in ARM and Intel flaovours. Hands on. Video highlighting the stand and covers.
posted by Artw on Jun 18, 2012 - 404 comments

Dad and Windows 8

A guy videotapes his father trying out Windows 8 for the first time.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Mar 14, 2012 - 127 comments

Windows Consumer Preview 8 ISO

Curious about windows 8? ISO images for the 'consumer preview' version are available from Microsoft. Typically these previews expire at a certain date, but the previously released developer preview won't expire until January 15th, 2013. You can use the Open Source Virtual Box to run the OS in a virtual machine (instructions for installing windows 8) Previously: 1, 2, [more inside]
posted by delmoi on Feb 29, 2012 - 119 comments

Microsoft locks out installation of other OS in new ARM devices...

Microsoft confirms UEFI fears, locks down ARM devices Seems like MS is up to old tricks. New BIOS bootset up seems to only allow MS Operating system as per Microsoft Windows Certification standards which hardware makers have to follow for Windows certification. [more inside]
posted by aleph on Jan 14, 2012 - 113 comments

How the Courier folded

The inside story of how Microsoft killed its Courier tablet
posted by Artw on Nov 1, 2011 - 150 comments

Windows 8 developer preview

According to PC Magazine, Microsoft will release a developer preview of Windows 8 at 6pm Pacific time. [more inside]
posted by Ad hominem on Sep 13, 2011 - 138 comments

This Time It Will Be Different

"A sort of PC": how Windows 8 will invade tablets (and why it might work). 'For the first time in fifteen or more years, Redmond faces a genuine challenge to its Windows desktop monopoly.''The decision to call, or not to call, a tablet a "PC" goes beyond mere branding. It influences the entire approach that Microsoft takes. It colors the user interface design, the sales model, the hardware requirements, the options available to system integrators.' [more inside]
posted by VikingSword on Aug 22, 2011 - 192 comments

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