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  • Windows 8

    Will be very different.

    Had a meeting last week with MS, but unfortunately had to sign an NDA. But I can share what's already been leaked publicly.

    1) It will run on both ARM & x86
    2) There are two UIs to choose from, which are radically different: "Immersive" (tablet/touch UI which is similar to the 'Metro' UI on Windows Phone), and a Windows 7-based UI
    3) There will be an "app store", but it is not mandatory.
    4) Windows 8 binaries can be in a new package. Not an ".exe", but an ".appx" file. These are single files which are containers for all necessary program files, and they are .NET. This means a single "appx" app will run on both ARM & x86 Windows installs, and tablet/desktop installs
    5) The Explorer UI is Ribbonized. Not sure if I like it.

    More to come.
    Last edited by Asher; April 12, 2011, 13:36.
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  • #2
    Will it be *nix based?

    JM
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    • #3
      No.

      WinNT 7.0 (2000 = 5.0, XP = 5.1, Vista = 6.0, 7 = 6.1)
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      • #4
        Eh.

        Not so interested.

        JM
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        • #5
          Unix based is not necessarily a good thing. The NT kernel is widely accepted as the most modern and well-designed OS kernel out there.

          Linux/BSD/Unix are all older designs.

          Linux & Unix tend to be monolithic (large & unwieldy, which is why you need to recompile it so much...). Many BSD versions are microkernels as well (like Mach, used by OS X) but very early versions.

          Basically: Linux is monolithic, Mach/OS X is a microkernel, and NT is a hybrid.

          Linux's core design is oldest, Mach 2nd oldest, NT newest. NT was designed by taking the best traits of monolithic with the best traits of microkernels.
          Last edited by Asher; April 12, 2011, 13:38.
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          • #6
            Mach in general is truly awful in a lot of ways. Apple gets around it by having strict control over developer practices on their platforms.

            But if you use lots of threads, Mach grinds to a halt. There are lots of real-world performance problems that have not yet been fully solved.
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            • #7
              Is there any truth the Q4 release rumor?
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              • #8
                No.

                MAYBE a beta by then, but I'd doubt it.
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                • #9
                  Will there be any backwards compatibility issues? Any major burned bridges?
                  If there is no sound in space, how come you can hear the lasers?
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                  • #10
                    Nope. It still supports legacy 32/64bit Win32/MFC.
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                    • #11
                      This is funny as ****. I'm no computer guru by any means, but so many jumping at 7, and BAM, next breath, let's jump on 8. This is why business moves conservatively.
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                      • #12
                        Windows 8 probably won't be out til late 2012. That's over 3 years after Windows 7 came out. Windows 7 will remain supported probably for another 10 years.

                        Why's it funny?

                        New cars come out every year...
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                        • #13
                          But you don't have to get a new car every time they make a new model.
                          If there is no sound in space, how come you can hear the lasers?
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                          • #14
                            You don't need to upgrade to Windows 8 either. As I said, it'll be supported for many years.

                            Windows 7 is just now passing the Windows XP marketshare number. XP is 10 years old.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Asher
                              Windows 8 probably won't be out til late 2012. That's over 3 years after Windows 7 came out. Windows 7 will remain supported probably for another 10 years.

                              Why's it funny?

                              New cars come out every year...
                              Sloww is still using XP by choice and thinks it is a smart decision.
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