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Experimenting Windows 8 Developer Preview

Last evening Microsoft publish the new website http://dev.windows.com for Windows 8 developer, and at the same time they have publish a Developer Preview of the new Windows 8. So lucky i am, i have a multi-touch laptop (it’s a ACER 5738PG). So i decided to give a try an install it on my machine. But before, i did the installation i found an excellent article about installing this OS using a VHD file. This is nice because you don’t have to do any change to your hard drive partition. So when you install the new version, a boot loader will be installed so you can decide which OS you want to boot on. So before installing the Developer Preview i recommend that you read this blog : http://www.hanselman.com/blog/GuideToInstallingAndBootingWindows8...

So for my current experience here is my first impression. I’m really impressed by what i see so far. The performance is incredible. The touch response is really precise and fast compare to any touch interface that i previously used.

And yes, like any new interface i still have to search (or mainly learn) how to access the different context menu. But i think this is a normal step because if we don’t have learn this mean that nothing really change, and for now it’s a big step forward (a nice one).

So my next step is to create an Metro application using the Visual Studio Express 11 and Expression Blend 5 Preview. I’ll try the different projects and language available. So stay tune on my blog, I’ll give my impression about the development for Windows 8.


BUILD Conference

Tomorrow, Microsoft is holding a conference about the new version of Windows which is called Windows 8. My colleague Laurent Duveau is on site to find out the latest information about the new feature of the new version. On my part, I'm looking forward to the touch interface that will improve the UX for Windows based slate. I’ll also try to see what knew about the development. There was a lot of talk about HTML5 but i think Microsoft will show us something more interesting and base on XAML.

The conference will be broadcast live at 9am Pacific Time (12pm Eastern time): http://www.buildwindows.com/

I’ll post more information about the new stuff.