Tuesday, March 6th 2012

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Is Ready for Business

In his CeBIT keynote speech today, Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft Corp., showed how Windows 8 will bring together the potential of a tablet with the power of a PC. He also invited IT professionals around the world to test the recently released Windows 8 Consumer Preview, now available for download at http://preview.windows.com. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview offers a more robust experience for testing the world's most popular operating system and is available to the widest range of people yet following the initial release of the Windows 8 Developer Preview late last year.

"Windows 8 will deliver no compromise experiences on a range of devices from tablets and PCs to desktops. It will give people functionality they love and the enterprise-grade capabilities that IT departments demand," Turner said. "We encourage IT professionals to begin using it to get a firsthand experience of how Windows 8 will give people a beautiful, fast and fluid experience with the mobility and familiarity they need to effortlessly move between what they want to do and what they need to do."


"We believe Windows 8 will bring an evolutionary solution to Windows users that delivers business productivity, while helping IT to manage and secure new devices using their existing infrastructure and tools," said Al Gillen, program vice president, system software, IDC. "Windows 8 will help bridge the demands that end users are placing on IT departments with what IT wants for its business - a smooth transitional path to add tablet devices into an existing Windows client infrastructure."

Windows 8 highlights for enterprise organizations include the following:

- Great user experience. Windows 8 bridges the gap between a personalized experience for users and the security and management features that IT professionals trust. Features include the new Windows 8 Start screen and fully immersive Metro style apps. People can be more productive with both multitouch and traditional keyboard and mouse interfaces. Critical line-of-business apps also can benefit from an immersive full screen, allowing people to easily interact with the app.

- Tablets without compromise. Windows 8-based business tablets are built for touch and are deeply personalized. Powerful, connected Metro style applications are the focal point to create an immersive experience that helps eliminate distractions while having the productivity benefits of a PC. In addition, it works well with a mouse and keyboard. It also enables organizations to use Windows 7 productivity and line-of-business applications, and IT departments can leverage their existing infrastructure to help manage, secure and support it.

- New possibilities for mobile productivity. For people who are increasingly mobile, Windows 8 helps them stay connected and productive in a more secure way. Windows 8 includes Windows To Go - the ability to provide users with a full corporate copy of Windows 8 (along with users' business apps, data and settings) on a USB storage device. Windows 8 also includes improvements to DirectAccess and built-in mobile broadband features that natively support 3G and 4G telecommunication. And Windows 8 can stay always connected with Metro style apps.

- End-to-end security. Features such as Trusted Boot and improved BitLocker drive encryption, AppLocker and claim-based access control help protect corporate data across the client device, the network and back-end infrastructure.

- Advancements in virtualization. With Windows 8, users can get a virtualized experience with high-definition graphics, support for touch and support for USB devices on a local PC. It will be easier for IT departments to implement virtual desktop infrastructures in a more cost-effective way. In addition, Windows 8 includes Microsoft Hyper-V, a high-performing client virtualization technology that enables enterprise developers to develop, debug and test multiple configurations of apps and operating systems on a single PC instead of each configuration requiring its own PC.

- Improved management. Windows 8 easily integrates into most existing client management infrastructures, and management tasks are easier with Windows PowerShell automation.

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be available worldwide for download to users running Windows 7-based PCs in English, French, German, Japanese and simplified Chinese.

As Tami Reller, chief financial officer and chief marketing officer, Windows and Windows Live Division, shares in this video at http://win8.ms/lfolnd, Windows 8 will give businesses a personalized experience that is both convenient and productive to fit well with today's changing work styles. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available for download and evaluation at http://preview.windows.com. Additional resources and information are available at http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/business/ or http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/windows/.
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19 Comments on Windows 8 Consumer Preview Is Ready for Business

#1
Quantos
Okay, well the OS seems great, but I'm still not convinced about the UI on a PC. It just feels very clumsy :(
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#2
Live OR Die
by: Quantos
Okay, well the OS seems great, but I'm still not convinced about the UI on a PC. It just feels very clumsy :(
+1 the start menu is retarted for use with a mouse, There should be a switch to turn it off and on because it windows no ios.
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#3
faramir
by: Quantos
Okay, well the OS seems great
Only a color blind person would say that. The metrosexual color scheme was created by a daltonist.
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#4
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
Personally i cant stand the new look, I will be hanging onto W7 until whatever comes out after W8
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#5
Protagonist
by: faramir
Only a color blind person would say that. The metrosexual color scheme was created by a daltonist.
YOU ARE RIGHT, some color blind daltonist metrosexual fool, i HATE the new windows 8 Look the metro look pisses me off:banghead:, if Microsoft goes on to release some shit like the two Consumer Preview or Developer preview, that will be the end of Microsoft. The Desktop and the old start Button work perfectly, if-it-ain't-brok-don't-fix-it
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#6
MikeMurphy
Anyone know how to back out of an application? Once I open anything I can't seem to get back to the main screen without logging out via ctrl alt del.
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#7
acbluflame
by: cristian_25h
"windows 8 will deliver no compromise experiences on a range of devices from tablets and pcs to desktops.
L O L, wow really? They have no clue what's going on outside their little circlejerk group.
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#8
radarblade
Thanks to this news post, I am now downloading and installing it as we speak. Hope it doesn't disappoint me with the missing Start up button :cry:
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#9
meangenius
by: FreedomEclipse
Personally i cant stand the new look, I will be hanging onto W7 until whatever comes out after W8
I used it yesterday for just 2 hours. It does have the old desktop style underneath, but with no START button. Access Computer with an icon on taskbar. Control Panel is W7. I like the look actually. It has 2 versions of IE, desktop and "front screen", which is the green screen with squarish icons. That front screen is widescreen. I think people are going to love the final version if they do it right. It's very confusing to use right now. It's really an alpha version with lots of work to be done.

By the way that avatar is :cool: and O.O, beautiful and hot, (which makes the cynic in me think you're really a man using that pic, LOL).
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#10
Protagonist
by: MikeMurphy
Anyone know how to back out of an application? Once I open anything I can't seem to get back to the main screen without logging out via ctrl alt del.
There is a way, you have to scroll the mouse to the left side while on desktop, then a side bar running from top to bottom of the left side of the screen will appear, and in it you will see a small window in it just like the way Aero Peak works but on the left side, then you can highlight and close the application, by right clicking then select close. It seem to work on the metro interface some times.
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#11
insane 360
win8 just takes a little time to get used to it. i have it on my desktop at work (dual boot with win7) and on a Dell Duo tablet/netbook and it works great on either.

on the desktop side of thing, it pays to know the new keyboard shortcuts..."windows key" + "C" is your friend now, it opens your charms bar

plus i find i like the new search function better than the start menu now, it lays it out in a much more friendly layout...

take some time with it, its a big departure in the UI stand point but i think its going to work on a lot of different levels
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#12
statix
it looks like the ms trend to follow up good os with crappy os will continue :)
say hello to the next paid beta test aka win 8
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#13
hhumas
great for Mobile and tablets
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#14
BazookaJoe
????????????????

That's all I have to say.

I have no idea WTF that is, who would use it or why it exists.

I cannot put this CRAP on a clients computer - it effectively renders a business machine useless.

People have smartphones for the weather & twat-face & book-space & whatever other garbage 12 year old girls are into these days...

... so why the FUNK would I want it on my PC?

FreedomEclipse said it best : "whatever comes out after W8" because we all KNOW there will have to be a proper OS just around the corner from this - this looks like just another Windows ME - or Vista to me ...
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#15
Prima.Vera
by: BazookaJoe
????????????????

That's all I have to say.

I have no idea WTF that is, who would use it or why it exists.

I cannot put this CRAP on a clients computer - it effectively renders a business machine useless.

People have smartphones for the weather & twat-face & book-space & whatever other garbage 12 year old girls are into these days...

... so why the FUNK would I want it on my PC?

FreedomEclipse said it best : "whatever comes out after W8" because we all KNOW there will have to be a proper OS just around the corner from this - this looks like just another Windows ME - or Vista to me ...
+1

couldn't said it better...
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#16
Delta6326
WTF! Why is there a onscreen keyboard on a desktop OS!
:banghead:
Pic 2.
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#17
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
by: Live OR Die
+1 the start menu is retarted for use with a mouse, There should be a switch to turn it off and on because it windows no ios.
its not even close to iOS. I do not see the resemblance.
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#18
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
WOW that looks like SHIT! I mean what the hell? Are they now thinking that the PC should look like a cell phone? Icons are crap no start menu nothing that even resembles a desk top at all. looks like an apple on roids! What are they smoking at Microsoft? How many people use apps on a PC any way? I know I never have never will.

Looks like some old 70's reject game. Match the symbol with the word.
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#19
Xaser04
by: MikeMurphy
Anyone know how to back out of an application? Once I open anything I can't seem to get back to the main screen without logging out via ctrl alt del.
Alt+F4 or Click and hold at the top of the screen and drag it to the bottom (yes this is right).

I have been using Windows 8 on my main desktop for a couple days now and I am in two minds.

On the one side it performs very well on the 5400rpm HD I have it installed on, but on the other it does my ******* head in.

The Metro GUI and Desktop GUI simply don't gel well together.

Take for example the Control Panel. There is the option for it in the Metro Interface. You click on it and BAM you are back into the desktop view with a windows 7 style Control Panel, I mean why? If you want to use Metro why the **** do you switch me back to the desktop GUI at the first chance you get?

The biggest problem by a country mile though is the way that the Metro interface seems to hide logical things from you. I mean take for example Mike's query which I have responded to:

I am going to assume Mike knows a bit about computers and how to use them (he is after all on TPU) but still he has had to ask how to do something as simple as backing out of a Metro APP. If he is having trouble how on earth is my mum/your mum/ normal users going to cope?

(Mike I mean no offence by this comment and do not wish to single you out but your query is a perfect example of what I have seen right around the web from wat I could consider "advanced" users).

As another example why is Shut down hidden within the charms side menu? Why isn't it a button I can click directly on the Metro GUI?

Why are simple things like this so hard to find / perform?

For anyone wondering you can put your Computer and User folder icons on the desktop in the same manner as Win 7.

I have also found that if you use the Metro interface as nothing more than a glorified Start menu it effectively works - although this does beg the question; what is the point?

Finally anyone trying to get a HD7xxx working in Windows 8 try the following:

1) Download and extract the 12.2 drivers available on AMD's website.
2) Manually update the drive for the GPU in device manager - this will at least allow you to use it albeit without the CCC

3) Install the 11.12 drivers that came on the DVD with the card.

In my case this worked. Points 1 & 2 can probably be avoided by just doing point 3 but it is the way I got it to work.
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