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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Windows 8 From a Mac Point of View

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 03:21 PM

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/arti...n_to_windows_8/

"I have been taking a look at the current Windows 8 Developer Preview (DP). I elected to install the 64-bit version in Parallels 7 on a quad core i7 iMac with 8 GB of RAM, and that went very well. The idea was to size it up from a first-look standpoint, especially in light of Apple's recent release of OS X Lion."

Since we had the alternative viewpoint posted here recently, only fair to let you know about how a Mac user thinks Windows 8 works out isn't it? And after reading this article, you may be surprised on what the author says, or perhaps not. Either way, an interesting read.


Monday, June 13, 2011

Quick Comparison of OS X Lion and Windows 8

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Digital Home Talk" @ 05:30 PM

http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/stor...ture-by-feature

"But the similarities don't end at the two future desktop OS's mobile influencers. Both Lion and Window 8 will make heavy use of touch interfaces, but with a big difference, as you'll see in the slideshow below. Both will have an App Store, both have full screen app views, and both offer new ways to switch among and navigate within apps."

PCMag.com has put together a quick comparison of some of the differences between the upcoming new versions of Apple's and Micrsosoft's desktop operating systems. While not a comprehensive overview, it does cover some of the major areas that many people will compare, including: similarity of the new operating system's user interface to the same platform's mobile system counterpart, touch and gesture support, processor support, task switching approach, support for full screen apps, each platform's app stores, backward compatibility, and some of the unique features of each platform. The article makes lots of interesting points illustrated by some screen captures.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Windows 8: Still Carrying the Baggage of Legacy Windows

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Laptop Thoughts Talk" @ 10:30 PM

http://daringfireball.net/2011/06/w...mentally_flawed

"The new Windows 8 touch-based UI, revealed earlier today at the D9 Conference, looks good. It’s clearly drawn from the same inspiration as Windows Phone 7, and shows some seriously innovative UI thinking. The idea of tiles rather than icons is rich, and strikes me as even better-suited to bigger screens than phones. The snapping concept is an interesting way to make use of a bigger screen to show two apps at once. Displaying side-by-side content isn’t possible on iOS, and no one’s yet solved that problem in the post-windows (note lowercase “w”) UI landscape."

Interesting that the D9 conference actually had some hands-on time with an early version of the Windows 8 Touch UI, heavily influenced by Windows Phone 7's UI. These demos show just how heavily Apple has influenced industry UI development over the last few years. The author's main point is that Microsoft is trying to add these new (touch) features to coexist alongside existing Windows code, and he doesn't think that it'll work. Imagine the complexity of a real enterprise Excel spreadsheet (huge!) on a touch-screen tablet. Mind boggling. Obviously it's early in the Windows 8 development cycle, so things may change drastically between now and when it gets into consumers' hands. Will we see "more of the same," or will Microsoft truly innovate this time around? Predictions?


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