Reviews about Windows 8

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview (here’s the Windows 8 download) updates the look of the Developer Preview, adds a lot of new features and revamps a few old ones.

The round Start button is gone, the Metro-style Start screen remains and yes, you can only pick from nine colours and five patterns for the Start screen background.

But there’s far more to the Consumer Preview user interface than the Start screen, and far more to Windows 8 than the user interface.

There are new ways of switching between apps, as well as more updates to the desktop tools. There are changes under the hood to file copying, power management, security, networking, hardware support and more.

And then there are the first real Metro apps, so you can find out what it’s like to use Metro for more than just trying out Metro, and the Windows Store for the first third-party apps from real developers.

This is the version of Windows 8 that’s going to give you a real feel for what the final operating system will be like and the first version you could realistically use for day-to-day work. But will you want to?
Running the Windows 8 Consumer Preview

First of all, it’s worth noting that the Consumer Preview is only for x86/64 PCs; there isn’t an ARM version that you can download and try out, since there aren’t any ARM devices that will run it.

That’s because of the extremely custom way that ARM devices are built, where not even the way to control a physical button is standard. Microsoft isn’t supporting tablets built to run Android or WebOS, either.

Much of what we’re seeing in the Consumer Preview will be the same on Windows on ARM (WOA) systems. Most stuff – from the Metro user interface to the touch gestures, to the Windows desktop and built-in Windows tools such as Explorer and Task Manager – will be practically the same. But until we see it in action, we don’t know what WOA performance and battery life will be like.

Consumer Preview doesn’t include the desktop Office apps that will be bundled with WOA either – and of course it runs all the x86 desktop apps that won’t work on WOA.

Windows 8 on ARM: Steven Sinofsky speaks

When you download the Consumer Preview, installing is easier than usual with a beta operating system. You can start the installation directly from the web page, instead of having to download an ISO file and burn that to an optical disc.

You can still burn an ISO if you want, and the installer can also create a bootable USB stick so you can download Consumer Preview once and install it on multiple machines.

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Moments of Life

Life is good if we live according to our will and it is truly wonderful if we faith in Him. An absolute faith simply means “to believe is to see.” I wonder why I have a strong faith. Maybe it’s because I’ve been in lots of trouble for so many times but I was able to manage it with peaceful mind and brave heart. I’m not perfect and I’m anxious most of the time but I can’t explain how I was able to find the inner peace within me. The only thing I know is that I close my eyes and listen to my soul when everything is out of control.

Moments of life, is my idea of how things work towards perfection. A person might struggle so many times but success is definitely waiting if we believe in it. Although things are not happening the way we want it to be, I know that it’s happening the way it should be. I might say that everything is according to fate or it is according to the fate we created for ourselves. Nevertheless, life goes on even if we take action or not as it is like a continuous stream of change. You may agree or you may not, but the truth behind life’s events is totally unknown.

I remember the days when I’m happy and I’m also sad. I made a decision to leave in order for me to find the way. I just can’t forget those moments of life. I truly feel wonderful and blessed because all of those things happened. If I have a wish, at least I want to experience the same thing again although it’s only possible in my dreams. Another wish is to hold on to the present and face my destiny. I might not be strong enough and I have lot of things to learn but I believe that I’m already grown. I’ll spend the rest of my days finding Your Will for only You who knows what’s best for me and for all.

Note: To my friend, who’s in total confusion right now, don’t loose hope. I’ve been confused too before but I continue to hold on. Don’t let go and continue to believe. You’re just facing moments of life’s sadness and pain but maybe, happiness is just waiting. Never stop believing.

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