Sunday, August 5th 2012

Windows 8 Finalized, RTM Arrives on August 15, "Metro" UI Name Dumped

Keeping up with schedule, Microsoft has reportedly finalized the build of Windows 8, with which the company will launch the operating system to the public. After releasing several internal and some public pre-launch builds (such as Beta, Release Preview), the company is ready with the RTM (release to market) build, which is fit for commercial release. Windows 8 RTM, in its various variants, will be available first to enterprise customers and industry partners starting August 15. The commercial launch is on course for October 26, 2012.

In related news, the threat of trademark litigation by German retail giant Metro Group has forced Microsoft to trash the codename "Metro" to refer to its new tiled user-interface (UI), which makes the OS optimized for touchscreens, but is also the primary UI for non-touch computing platforms (such as desktop PCs). According to reports, Microsoft will merely stop referring to Metro UI as such. Metro UI invited criticism from some evaluators of pre-launch Windows 8 builds, particularly from the desktop PC and non-touch notebook platforms.Sources: Computex.biz, The Verge
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34 Comments on Windows 8 Finalized, RTM Arrives on August 15, "Metro" UI Name Dumped

#1
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
The litigaton doesn't matter. It's too late. The UI will always be known as "metro".
I don't think it will effect the Metro Groups bottom line at all as they are in a different market sector.
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#2
Thefumigator
I think I will be the only one jumping from Win Vista to Win 8. Or not jumping at all...
Still have multiboot but Virtual Box runs pretty well on my AMD A6, after enabling AMD-V, which surprisingly came disabled by default.
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#3
radrok
I think that there's too much fuss about all this "Metro" argument and whatever they'll call the former named "Metro" UI I won't care because it sucks.

And I don't see any compelling reason that would make me upgrade from Win7, honestly talking.
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#4
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
by: radrok
And I don't see any compelling reason that would make me upgrade from Win7, honestly talking.
Unlike other people, Vista (Ultimate) worked fine for me.
The only reason I went to 7 was so I was familiar with the OS, and running apps on it, and I could help people here on TPU with problems as I knew people were going to be moving to Win 7.
I'll probably go to Win 8 for the same reason.
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#5
jihadjoe
Two questions:

Is it going to change its name to a cryptic symbol?
Do we now have to call it "the UI previously known as Metro?"

:D
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#6
stinger608
I agree with ya Kreij. I will run Windows 8 merely to help others out. Not to mention that new computer systems will come equipped with Windows 8 by the end of the year. I will pretty much have to know the system pretty well.

I have played with it some, not a bunch, and it has its pluses and minus'. Grandma will love it! Enthusiasts will hate it (for awhile anyhow).

It will be a learning curve for man, however people that are used to tablets and Android phones will probably get used to it much faster than people that are unfamiliar with these devices.
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#7
helloWorld
I am with you there Kreij, you might as well learn Windows 8 because the market will become flooded with hardware using Windows 8 pretty soon.
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#8
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
I'll probably do an in-place upgrade on my home rig so I can get information on any problems with that for people who do not want to do a clean install.
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#9
Chevalr1c
by: Kreij
Unlike other people, Vista (Ultimate) worked fine for me.
The only reason I went to 7 was so I was familiar with the OS, and running apps on it, and I could help people here on TPU with problems as I knew people were going to be moving to Win 7.
I'll probably go to Win 8 for the same reason.
That seems pretty awesome to me that you did that.

by: jihadjoe
Two questions:

Is it going to change its name to a cryptic symbol?
Do we now have to call it "the UI previously known as Metro?"
MNGDE (Microsoft Next-Gen Desktop Environment)
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#10
ThE_MaD_ShOt
by: Kreij
Unlike other people, Vista (Ultimate) worked fine for me.
The only reason I went to 7 was so I was familiar with the OS, and running apps on it, and I could help people here on TPU with problems as I knew people were going to be moving to Win 7.
I'll probably go to Win 8 for the same reason.
I too agree with Kreij here. Vista is working great for me. I have 2 win 7 machines and I see myself using the Win vista for pretty much everything and the win7 machines are pretty much just crunchers.
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#11
RejZoR
Underground train system is also called metro. Should they rename those as well. Why the hell are they mixing up unrelated stuff with idiotic lawsuits!?!?!?!?!! It seems to me that no one has any kind of common sense these days...
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#12
Chevalr1c
Yeah, MS should simply call their new DE "Microsoft Next-Gen Desktop Environment" (MNGDE in short), as I said.
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#13
KashunatoR
This isn't a must upgrade since it is still dx11...
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#14
Drone
I don't give a monkey's ass how that giant tiled UI called.
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#15
Chevalr1c
^lol
Microsoft did not seem to give a damn either, until they started to realise that they must because Apple does it as well (AppStore, Retina Display, Macbook...).
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#18
Xzibit
The funny thing is...

Windows 8 only has to be 1fps in games faster in benchmarks for 99.9% of the people here to go from bitching about it to praising it.

The other 0.01% actually have a good reason.

The Irony of being on an enthusiast forum and people complaining about a UI feature out of conveniance.

I just find the whole thing comical.

:toast:
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#19
sergionography
by: radrok
I think that there's too much fuss about all this "Metro" argument and whatever they'll call the former named "Metro" UI I won't care because it sucks.

And I don't see any compelling reason that would make me upgrade from Win7, honestly talking.
im using windows 8 consumer preview and i see absolutely nothing wrong with it, there is nothing i did on win7 that i cant do on win 8. so i dont get all the complaining, the start menu wasnt the best thing either, it was like another "summerized" file system
now with the metro iu its stricktly for the "apps" (unlike start menu was files and inside them apps + its uninstall file and read me and what not, pointless as no1 clicked that from there when u have the add remove in control panel)

by: hellrazor
http://i.imgur.com/DPj0F.png
windows is finally paying attention to good design, and the metro iu looks fabulous. and for your info its not necessarily true its either tile or full screen, as some apps when you click them it takes you to the desktop to run them if their not designed for metro, but i guess along the years most will run through the metro iu and the desktop will only be for the file system and to do the nerdy stuff, great news for noobs
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#20
laszlo
was better if they make this new os only for touch screen pc's &tablets

people just get familiar with 7 ,a lot still use xp, so only if they force OEM's can sell it
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#21
remixedcat
I would give you a new name but I took an Aero in the knee
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#22
TheOne
I use Windows 7 because it is more efficient than Vista and XP, and is the final version of Vista, which was released incomplete so that Microsoft could meet the deadline they set, Vista was a decent OS for the most part, except for UAC.

Windows 8 over complicates simple task, and the UI still needs a lot of work to make it more user friendly. And to be more accurate Windows 8 was finalized Wednesday, August 1st, and has since been leaked to the internet.
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#24
faramir
by: Thefumigator
I think I will be the only one jumping from Win Vista to Win 8. Or not jumping at all...
Let me test my clairvoyance - you went from Windows Millenium (ME) to Vista, correct ?
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