Definitely a thumbs down. Not because I like Steve Jobs or have a few Macs lying around, but this makes no sense at all. Windows 8 Developer Preview which was released on Sept 13 @ the BUILD Conference – had nothing going for it from the very beginning.
Steven Sinofsky (President, Windows & Windows Live Division, Microsoft) looked like he designed his closet based on Steve Jobs – okay, got it, he’s got a ‘Steve‘ in his name as well. A great portion of the time was spent on how our login screens would look like. Who the f**k cares about how my login screen looks like after I’ve purchased a new OS for my PC or Mac… I am more interested in what the security features are, what additional hardware features my new OS gonna support and so on.
Anyways, one of the most queer things is – Windows 8 is supposed to run on all platforms. I don’t know how many of you have used an OS called NetBSD, but its one of the BSD flavors which runs on every platform on earth. As their site says – “if you have a device and a new platform, chances are NetBSD runs on it!” But that requires tweaking the kernel for every device and hardware. Not sure how Windows 8 will manage it technically – since the user experience on Windows 8 is owing to OS directly wrapping the hardware graphics accelerators.
The worst part is – some of the initial apps were built by college interns. Dude, wtf? Am I supposed to run this system for storing my company’s million dollar data on a system whose initial apps were built by college interns? Hmmmmmmmm…. not sure!
Btw, if you’re a Mac user, do definitely try out Windows 8. You will feel at home. Most of the features are either copied or blatantly ‘inspired from Mac OS X Lion’. So do check out Windows 8 for a Mac-like experience. 🙂
Official release date is not known. Rumored to be Q2-Q3 2012.
You can download the Developer versions here: