It looks like Microsoft is determined to make the release of a new version of Windows a big deal, like it used to be back in the 90s and early 2000s. By allowing the public to essentially “sample” Windows 8 and introduce potential users to the world of computing via corners, edges and charms (their words not mine) you can get a deep understanding of what you might be getting yourself into.
The demo video for Windows 8 is fairly comprehensive and makes a strong case for at least giving a further look at the public preview they’re offering.
We’re going to take our time getting into the preview version available for download to keep your eyes open for our thoughts on that. For now here are our quick observations on what we’ve noticed so far.
- Tablets and mobile phones have evolved the way we organize and present information just like Internet Explorer did a generation ago.
- Microsoft is definitely going to follow through on a fully developed ecosystem to compete with Apple’s dominance….even if nobody uses it
- The “tiles” system seen on Windows phones and now in Windows 8 isn’t a bad idea. It seems it’s just a victim of consumer fatigue where we simply do not want yet another way to play, work and goof off on our devices and laptops
- Sure, our kids are going to expect a reaction from every screen of every size when they touch it from now on, but I didn’t think this many grown-ups would feel the same way
- I don’t think the seamless sharing should be at the operating system level. We’re already seeing sharing apps and services mushrooming to replace the bright ideas of just a few years ago and if nothing else we’ve proven to be suckers for new stuff. Essentially, Windows 8 better have Pinterest functionality up in there by the time it comes out or somebody will have proven my point.
- What kind of enhancements to the Media Center component might we see with Windows 8? It’s kept mefrom dropping coin on all of the standalone media boxes available and the content deals with Xbox are surely going to carry over soon right? Right? Netflix can drop whatever deals they want. My 1 TB hard drive of personally curated family friendly movies and shows (Seasons 1-6 of the Muppet Show!) is all I need. Besides none of the original shows coming up on Netflix or Hulu are for little ears and eyes anyway
We’ll have more on Windows 8 and a lot more on entertainment and streaming in the weeks and months to come because we live for this stuff.