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Till next time…
“I don’t see InPrivate viewing on IE10 Metro. What’s up with that. I am throwing this in the trash! No one is going to use it.”You have read these comments or comments with the same implication all over the web. It is comments like these that make me wonder what people are thinking. This is a pre Alpha developer preview. Of course it isn’t going to have all of your little favorite features yet.
So I really wanted to get started with Windows 8 so I can move forward with investigating the new Metro UI. If you want to do the same you can download the Windows 8 developer Preview at Microsoft’s Dev Center.
There are a couple of options that you will be presented with.
I downloaded the Developer Preview with developer tools, 64-bit as well as the stand alone 32-bit version. I have a 32 bit laptop that I want to install it on as well as on a separate partition on my main machine. Beware that you will require a DL DVD burner if you intend to burn the 64-bit version with tools. Here is what Microsoft says about it:
Note: The .iso file that contains the developer tools requires a large capacity DVD called a DVD-9, as well as a DVD burner that can handle dual-layer (DL) DVDs. Most modern burners should be able to handle this format.
I don’t have a touch screen yet, but will be looking to get one in the future to truly test Windows 8 the way it was designed to be used. I am hoping there will be some Windows 8 phone emulators out there that I can test my mobile apps on. I already have a few ideas.
So lets get started. first I mounted the 64-bit with tools .iso to my G: drive using UltraISO. Upon inspection of the DVD drive the folder structure looks like this:
This is pretty typical so I double click on the setup.exe file to see what happens. I am first presented with this splash screen.
Next it shows me the Setup screen that asks if I want to Go online to get the latest and greatest. of course, I say sure and click next. One thing to note I also leave the check mark on wanted to make the installation better. Just doing my part.
Notice the navigation across the top of the screen. It looks like there are going to be 4 parts to the install. Preparation, Compatibility, Install and Config. It quickly shows a screen and says something about a product key. The screen went to fast for me to get a capture of it. It looks like this will be where future versions will ask you to input your product key.
After this page it goes to the License terms page. I like the line “Make our lawyers happy by reading this carefully.”
I comply because I have a friend who is a lawyer and she would be very upset with me if I didn’t. One thing it says is that I can use but not share any images or icons or sounds. Oops. I guess I broke that one. I check the box and click Next.
Now I am at a screen that scares me.
I haven’t seen anyone else post their install experiences yet and I am not willing to lose everything. I thought I could tell it to install on a specific partition but I guess not. So I guess I will try again on a VM.
After clicking the Close button (X) in the upper right hand corner I am shown this dialog box.
So I click Yes. To be continued….
Yesterday Microsoft introduced us to Windows 8. If you want to download the new bits, you can here. The screen shots have been shared millions of times across the net so I wont show them to you here. But what I want to talk about is the new Design Language that Microsoft is focused on. It is called Metro.
This Design Language is not new to you if you have been programming for the Windows Phone. But if you have been focused on the desktop and client server apps, which are still very prevalent, then this is new to you or you are just learning about it.
Ziff Davis has a small article on Metro. The interesting thing to me about this write-up is the graphic:
(image courtesy of @longzheng) via ZD
If you are like me, you have been focusing on the right side of this picture, what Microsoft now is referring to as Desktop Apps. This is the traditional .Net, HTML, Win32 based apps that we all know and love. This includes today’s Internet apps and client server apps.
The left side of the graphic is new to most of us. Though we have been utilizing the languages and the technology in the upper portion (presentation), the lower part of the green section is new. It looks to be all encompassing. It controls the basic services all apps will be utilizing.
I am not offering anything new here. I just thought some of you may want to start gathering up as much information as you can about this “new” way of doing things so when Windows 8 hits the bricks you will be ready. I know that I am going to do just that.
till next time…