re: Windows 8 Beta: Visual Tour
There are some great things in the new Windows 8. The easy-to-program WinRT (metro) coupled with the AppStore is going to be a real winner I think. It's not as good for big desktop displays but is a great opportunity for indy developers. I mean, look at the stock market app on page 18, would anyone with a desktop really use that full-screen busy picture and the one line of stocks at the bottom? I don't even think I would use that on a pad, Hopefully developers will create alternatives that have less eye-straining backgrounds and more information per page.
The review does gloss over some issues however, such as page 5 where it states "you can resize the windows and move them around" except with the new apps you can't. You get full-screen or 320pixel edge, thats all. Only old desktop apps can be resized.
Also, the "it just works" mantra sounds good until you realize there aren't any tools for figuring out what to do if it doesn't. On page 7 the share to Wordpress feature looks cool, but if something goes wrong there are no tools to use to debug.
Still, I expect Win8 to be a big hit for the tablet/pad universe and I am really anticipating the release so I can dive into the details.