Any sign of Alpha/Pre-releases of Windows 8 yet?

February 15, 2011 at 13:41:19
Specs: Windows 7, 1.6 Pentium DC/3gb
So...err any Alpha's/Pre-releases of windows 8 yet?
I mean microsoft are usually quite secretive about their product releases, and there is usually an awful lot of FUD that goes around before anything official comes out

Anyway I would be interested to find out what changes are in the next release of windows, and to see how well they are likely to take to cloud computing!


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#1
February 15, 2011 at 14:39:30
Read this article:
http://www.techtree.com/India/News/Windows_8_May_Hit_Retail_on_January_7_2013/551-114234-580.html

Official release not expected until 2013 with public betas in 2012. Alpha releases before that but they will not be available to the public. Be aware that beta software is not for general use as it may have problems, possibly serious. Of course actual release date may be later than announced. In fact this is the usual case.

The best way to learn about this is with an internet search.


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#2
February 17, 2011 at 18:37:41
I love Windows 7. Why not let people play with 7 awhile? Make it like XP was. XP will always be a good friend. Lets make windows 7 the same way.

Just because the OP does not come back in 3 or 4 days to reply, does not mean he will not come back and reply.


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#3
February 19, 2011 at 12:19:15
I am currently running Windows Xp on a PIV desktop, and playing around with windows 7 on a dual-core laptop

ahhh XP was good back in the day - Just like 7 is now :)


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#4
March 14, 2011 at 18:09:33
I know this is an aside but it looks to me as if XP is going to be the longest lived Windows system ever. As it is in the NT stream then it should be relatively easy for programmers for Win7 & Win8 to allow for it (unlike W98SE & ME).

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#5
March 16, 2011 at 08:41:23
HI dear just wait for some more time..

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#6
March 25, 2011 at 20:39:29
"I love Windows 7. Why not let people play with 7 awhile?"

LOL, that's how Microsoft works. By the time people migrate off Windows XP they won't even bother to go to 7 because 8 will be out.

I still believe most people are under-estimating the strength of XP. Of course XP won't last forever; however, most of the "strength" you read about Windows 7 is being propogated by either Microsoft or technology publications that have an interest in seeing Windows 7 succeed. I work for a large firm with 480,000 employees and we have no plans to leave XP. Why? Because what we have works and also XP runs very quickly on new hardware with 3GB RAM which replaced hardware from the 1990s.

Think about it. PCWorld, PCMag, etc wouldn't survive if they didn't promote the newest technology. I think there is a natural bias in the technology field. The editors' and publishers' very livelihood depends on success of the newest, even if it is crap like Vista and ME, both of which were very highly rated and reviewed when they first came out. And they did the same with XP; Vista wasn't even out the door before they starting bashing XP, lol. I have rarely read a review of new technology in a technology publication that was negative. All one needs to do is use the Internet Archive at www.waybackmachine.org; pull up old reviews of Windows ME and you will see how they heaped the praise on what was a general failure so much so that Windows 98 retained a huge market share advantage even though it was the older product.

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#7
March 26, 2011 at 07:02:57
It's funny how, over the years, computers have diverted from the original concept of being able to do anything the consumer wanted (with a little effort). Now they seem to be designed to force the user to do what MS want. I regard XP as about the last OS where you can tweak away in relative ease and make it obey you. It also seems capable of doing most things that later OS's can do and is reliable.

User friendly (with gimmicks) is a fine thing but I get the impression that files and folders are regarded as "shock horror geek stuff" by many ordinary users, as are file extensions..

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#8
April 7, 2011 at 05:37:29
brought back a post from the dead -_-

Well while it is true that windows XP has been proven to be a robust and reliable OS, I think that newer versions of windows take advantage of modern technogies (such as most quad core/Ix series processors) that were not around during XP's development

It is more likely that when windows 8 comes out most of the machines will not have any support for windows XP, as Microsoft will no longer be selling licences for it and there will be no official support for it


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#9
April 7, 2011 at 12:06:07
thomasad
Useful opinion - thx. See, these old posts do get watched LOL.

I suppose I'm rather hoping that XP might be long lived because being in the NT stream it will not be too difficult to program for that and some later systems. W98 became a nuisance for programmers in that respect. Probably XP has already had a longer innings than W95/98, although I've not carefully checked that out.

Fortunately I've got Vista & Win7 too (as well as W98SE but I accept that is getting limited now).

One thing I have noticed is that file handling is getting more fiddling with later OS's. Some of the open source programs show how file handling should be done. For instance, IMO Gimp file handling is far superior to Photshop. It can do everything Photoshop can do once you find where things are.

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#10
December 11, 2011 at 07:03:46
Google "Windows 8 Developer Preview"

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#11
December 11, 2011 at 11:28:48
wow - the best part of a year has passed since this was asked!
Revived for the second time, will this thread not die??

And just to add something useful: I have downloaded the DP of windows 8, and although I dislike the current implemetation of Metro for my desktop PC, on a tablet or touchscreen implemetation of a computer the experiance is quite good (well considering it is a pre-relesae!)
I will be looking forward to testing the later releases, which will (hopefully) improve and fine tune the UI for classic desktop and tablet use!


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#12
December 11, 2011 at 14:52:10
LONG LIVE THREAD

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