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Windows 8 Developer Preview Install Screenshots

Published 14/09/2011 - 2 Comments

Not really directly Lync Related (that post is coming up next), but I thought people might be interested to see the Windows 8 install screenshots and a few notes around my initial experience.

I’m installing on Hyper-V. Overall it looks very slick, but to me it feels more like “Windows for tablets” to me than a traditional laptop/desktop OS. I can’t see yet how this is better than a traditional desktop for my non-touch laptop, but it’s early days and I will continue to play. For tablets it’s looking really good. The windows live integration also looks quite smart.

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I chose Customize (of Couse!)

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This is interesting, it asks you for a Windows Live email to login

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This is clever, you get an email when signing in with the Live account to verify it is you and your machine.

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And we’re into the ‘desktop’ or start page

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From here you can click the various tiles, and have a scroll bar at the bottom to move left and right.

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The Desktop tile takes you to the ‘desktop’

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But there is no start menu, the start button takes you back to the ’start screen’.  So the ‘desktop’ seems to be squarely aimed for legacy apps rather than as a place you could choose to live.

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Copying a file to the desktop

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Control Panel Tile

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But if you go to ‘more options’ in control panel it takes you to the old fashioned desktop

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To enable remote desktop

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I could sign into my Remote desktop session with Live login credentials

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I then joined it to the domain. Everything worked as expected.

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Login screen

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Tom Arbuthnot

Tom Arbuthnot

Principal Solutions Architect at Modality Systems
Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Unified Communications specialist Modality Systems. He is a Microsoft Certified Master and MVP, blogger, has a regular podcast with UCToday at tomtalks.show and is a regular speaker at events including Microsoft TechEd and Ignite. He co-runs The Microsoft UC User Group London.

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What does Lync 2010 look like on Windows 8 Developer Preview? | Lync'd Up - 14/09/2011 Reply

[…] as per this post, there is no start menu in the desktop mode. The way to Launch apps is now the ‘start […]

I see the windows 8 review and is great .I post on my blog 3 links to download windows 8 for free and some video with boot up time and features - 19/10/2011 Reply

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