To its rock solid portfolio of Operating Systems, Microsoft announced a new one called “Windows 8”.
For me this is a new “breed” that will revolutionize the developer community and the industries that use Microsoft products in their businesses. One most important brick in this tendency is the “DEVELOPER” as on this brick all other stuff will be built.
I have got the Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 for personal, development and organizational purposes. I use the brilliant Microsoft OneNote in combination with the pen that comes with the Stylistic to note things at work, at home, in bars, in metro, everywhere … as the ideas come in most unexpected places and contexts.
Once I read the news about the Windows 8 Preview, that was the minute I was starting to look forward to backup my data from the tablet and get on it Windows 8 for a spin. Why I believe this is “a new breed” is because of its “from scratch” tablet features that will serve as an impulse for a new breed of apps and all sorts of specialized markets. In combination with the Cloud crazy apps + some business oriented Gadgets and VoIP features this will become “The Last Emperor” to live on earth in the IT industry as it will be the reference platform and devices to take into a meeting or family reunions.
Let’s get to business.
1. Here is my tablet , the pen, Windows 7 and “The One Note”. (I wouldn’t drop the ‘The’ here)
(Before placing an order for this device I have read some flame wars on “N-Trig versus Wacom” which got me concerned a bit. But for my inking this device is a standout, no problems there nor with other its usages. And the battery lasts like “forever”.)
2. Here is the Developer preview of the Windows 8. Download the version you need.
On my machine I have downloaded the 32bit version
3. As I do not have an external DVD to plug into the tablet I used the USB key scenario:
- Download and install the Windows USB DVD Tool
- Run and choose the Windows 8 disk image, then choose the USB option and let it do its job
4. Insert the USB key prepared above into the tablet, boot from it and … “let there be light” …
5. Check the photos on Facebook or below
- 6. Check the video for some more impressions
After using the tablet for a day, the feedback can only be positive on this new OS. I suspected that tablet I bought would have some improvements with Windows 8 but what I saw in my hands is extremely much more than improvements.
For the tablet and mobile computing world this is the new hot thing from all aspects, and is here to stay from now on.
For reference here are some practical and pleasant user experience:
- Keyboard is cool, it finally seems that it is made for this kind of input.
- Scrolling in IE or anywhere else is smooth and pleasant. This is a killer one and makes the tablet be actually a “tablet”.
- The devices that have the capacitive touch screens with Windows 8 respond immediately no lags or stuff like that.
- The feeling of the start screen is same as for Windows Phone which is good, you can keep things organized and at your fingertips.
- Inking. Absolutely cool. Nowadays a tablet with no ink is almost worthless. No meetings, no notes, no brain stimulation.
- For reference of what’s in there for the developers, check out the official sites. But if you’re a developer you probably already did.
- The Verdict -> 10 stars out of 5.
- Taking into consideration that Fujitsu Stylistic is not a horse-power – all those things worked perfectly out of the box no drivers or updates installed. Taking also into account that this is just the developer preview and not the final product – makes me want Windows 8 out so bad that for the time being I have decided to stick with the Developer Preview because it already works for me for the internet navigation and Windows Journal notes taking.
Few hours of Windows 8 and I’m already spoiled – not going back to Windows 7 on a tablet.