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I have recently been planning on buying a Windows Phone 7 but I’m asking myself this question, will Windows Phone 7 evolve into something big and will it actually become as popular as the other popular mobile platforms out there.

I would have to strongly say yes. Windows Phone 7 has an extreme future but the only think that its missing is the interest in the consumers market. Windows Phone 7 is a really new platform. It was launched by Microsoft, a really know company, in 2010, but it didn’t have that much potential at first. The first version of Windows Phone didn’t have some of the biggest features other competitors had for a long time like multitasking, more sharing options, and other minor things, and because of that poor start for Windows Phone, it lost a lot of respect and interest. Many people were interested in the idea and concept of Windows Phone at first but they were just turned away by all of the other missing features. Now I know every software or operating system needs to start small, but Windows Phone, in my opinion, just couldn’t afford to start small. It was the last big company to get into the mobile market. The only thing to get Windows Phone back into the consumers interest is, just something extraordinary and really new.

To tell you the truth, a lot of people hated the first version of iOS, officially called iPhone OS back then. They said that, iPhone OS doesn’t have a stable future and will not be big in the consumers market, but Apple kept coming out with new things and making the OS better. Soon, it became the most advanced, popular, and best mobile operating system in the world. I hope Windows will do the same thing that Apple did. I mean, just think about it, Windows Phone 7 Mango is maybe missing a few features here and there that iOS or Android have, but that doesn’t mean its a terrible and unusable mobile operating system. They all just look different. In fact, people just don’t like change. If Windows were to bring something new to Windows Phone and get people attention it will result in more developers being interested in developing for the Windows Phone platform and even more attention to Windows Phone from consumers and the public. Slowly and gradually, Windows Phone will become know better in the public and more widely used.

Personally, I think Windows Phone is a really good and amazing mobile operating system and it defiantly has its future set and is ready for competition with other platforms, but everybody else just got a head start. Windows is just behind it all. It just needs some more attention to make it bigger and better. What do you think? Leave a comment.

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Some people might of already seen this commercial of the Internet Explorer web browser. It has air on some TV stations. It says that the internet should be a story, fast, and fluid. If you didn’t watch it, the video is embedded into this article. I think that Internet Explorer just wants some attention from consumers. What’s your opinion? Leave a comment on this article.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFE4rkSaKOY

Windows 8 Consumer Preview has been a really amazing and good operating system for now. I can’t wait until the Windows 8 officially is released. I have experienced some problems during the usage of Windows 8, but what can you expect from a beta or consumers preview. I have send a lot of feedback to Microsoft about the apps, features and the Windows 8 itself. I have some good and bad thoughts about Windows 8, but what can I say. I will tell shortly some of the feedback I sent and what problems I have encountered. Later on in this article I will start talking more deeply about Windows 8 itself.

Mail is a really important aspect of my technological life. I use mail really often and I would like to experience it really well. In the new Mail application on Windows 8, mail looks really cluttered and not really nice, well that’s my opinion. Mail isn’t that responsive too. If I would like to delete multiply messages at the same time, I can’t view messages while I do that. This means, I can’t quickly preview a  message before I include it into my delete selection. Another factor is the speed. It takes forever for mail to come in when I didn’t refresh it for a while. I have a really good internet connection but mail can’t view messages fast enough. They should also include more features into the Mail application like threaded messages and clips and attachments.

The Application Store is the biggest features out of all the features included. If it is that big, Microsoft should make the user interface easier and more better. By that I mean faster loading and instant downloading. Also my Application Store crashes really frequently when it gets overloaded by downloading many apps at the same time. Another big missing feature, is the ability to search applications. I can see why Microsoft didn’t put that into the Consumer Preview because there like less than 30 – 40 apps on the store. I really hope that they will incorporated that into the next release.

RSS has been a big think for me for years and years. I would like to ask, why Microsoft removed the RSS reader from the Consumer Preview. It was in the Developer Preview. I really liked the metro-styled RSS reader. It was fast and it really caught the eye. It brought that excitement and joy of reading the news.

The Photos application is like the picture viewer in Windows but with less features. It has integration with other services like Skydrive and Facebook, but you can’t really do much in it except view pictures. They need to put in some sharing options and more editing tools. Also when I am in the desktop environment and I click on a photo to view from my desktop, it opens the big full-screen Photo application. That’s really useless to me. I would like a feature that lets you change if you want to use metro applications or normal windows applications. It just makes viewing photos longer and maybe harder.

The Metro-UI has a long road ahead. It is a really good approach by Microsoft to find something else than a start menu. The start menu was really easy to view and edit. So is the Metro Start Menu. The normal start menu showed applications and programs, so does the Metro Start Menu. Everything is the same except the position of it and the appearance. I really like the Metro Start Menu.

Windows 8 itself didn’t really change much except some appearance changes and features here and there. One of the biggest Windows 8 features, it the new task manager. It shows everything from all your processes and programs running to how much bandwidth your using and what application is using it. Other big change is the the Explorer. I hope that the explorer is even more stable that in Windows 7. You know how previous in Windows, when you copy a file, you get a copy dialog. Well here in Windows 8, there is one dialog for all your cut, copy, and paste actions. You can also pause these operations. Another big thing is the ability to mount ISO, image files, and VDI or VDM. You can mount any virtual media, right inside Windows 8, without any third-party software.

My overall experience with Windows 8 was really good. I really like the operating system so far. I am defiantly upgrading from Windows 7 when Windows 8 comes out. Thank you for reading my opinions and compare your usage of Windows 8, with mine. Do you experience the same problems? Please also send feedback to Microsoft while you test Windows 8. Make Windows 8 better. I really hope that they will not come out with 9 different versions of Windows. What’s your opinion?

Stay tuned for more Windows 8 news and commentaries.

Yes, it was reported shortly after the Windows 8 event at Mobile World Congress. Windows 8, supposedly, will have 9 different versions of Windows. In my opinion, this really doesn’t  make sense. Windows should just make one version of Windows and have other features or packages buy-able or upgrade-able into the system. Here are the rumor versions of Windows 8:

Windows 8 Enterprise Edition

Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation Edition

Windows 8 Home Basic Edition

Windows 8 Home Premium Edition

Windows 8 ARM Edition

Windows 8 Professional Edition

Windows 8 Professional Plus Edition

Windows 8 Starter Edition

Windows 8 Ultimate Edition

Told you it was a big list. Look at Windows 8 Professional and Windows 8 Professional Plus. What could be the difference between those two versions. Also why does Microsoft still offer Windows 8 Starter? Really, when will Microsoft learn that less is more.

Please stay tuned for my full review and commentaries on the Windows 8 Consumers Preview. I will later make that article into a video showing the features in the Windows 8 Consumers Preview. I am using the Windows 8 Consumers Preview as my main operating system. I really like reporting my problems I encounter and feedback to Microsoft. I hope that they will fix all the bugs. I will also try to post and talk about the bugs in the Windows 8 Consumers Preview. Stay tuned for more Windows 8 news.

 

Windows 8 Consumers Preview was just released by Microsoft today. Have you heard of Windows 8. Well, Windows 8 will be the next version of Windows released by Microsoft in the near future. It features the Metro UI start menu for applications. Almost the biggest feature in Windows 8, is the Application Store.

My impressions of Windows 8 are good. I have used the Consumers Preview for about a day now, and I really like Windows 8. I quickly got used to the Metro UI start menu and the application of Windows 8. Another improvement Windows has done is to the installation and the internet experience. First, about the installation, the installation is really simple and also has more features. Secondly, the internet experience, Windows 8 has a great new version of Internet Explorer 10. It’s really good but it doesn’t support plugins on the Metro UI application.

Try Windows 8 out and download the Consumers Preview today. Always remember to install it on another partition or do an upgrade. Never format your drive, unless you really want to. Formatting your drive will erase all of your data on that drive and your installed operating system.

I am really interested in more beta’s of Windows 8 and news. Please stay tuned for more  posted posts about Windows 8.

First off, what is a Hackintosh? Well a Hackintosh is a normal PC but with a modded or hacked version of Mac OS X  installed on it. Normally, you can’t install OS X on any PC (excluding Macs) without some sort of hacked boot-loader or kernel mods. A Hackintosh doesn’t have Apple’s hardware or components and is build inexpensively. It’s a cheap method of running OS X without buying a Mac.

I am not a fan of Hackintosh nor never built a Hackintosh before. It’s not because I don’t know how to do it but because I have respect for Apple’s EULA for OS X and in my opinion, it wouldn’t be very stable and it would support any drivers.

The most unwanted thing that could happen, is that Apple will sue you for not following and agreeing to the EULA but this could only happen if you sell OS X illegally. This happened when Psystar actually sold computers pre-designed to accept OS X as the main operating system. Apple’s won sued Psystar because of the EULA. Apple won and Psystar was permanent barred from selling the computers.

What if a normal person wants to try out OS X and installs it onto his computer. Let’s get this all into view. Basically you don’t own a copy of OS X, even if you bought it on a USB thumb drive, legally obtained from the Apple App Store (OS X Lion) or bought the DVD (Snow Leopard and previous editions). You still do not own OS X. It’s like Apple is renting you the software for life when your pay the license fee. When you purchase a Mac, you are also purchasing the licence for the operating system for that specific computer.

If you would like to read the OS X Lion EULA click this link:

http://images.apple.com/legal/sla/docs/macosx107.pdf

Here an excert from the EULA that states the licencing matter.

The Apple software (including Boot ROM code), any third party software, documentation, interfaces, content, fonts and any data accompanying this License whether preinstalled on Apple-branded hardware, on disk, in read only memory, on any other media or in any other form (collectively the “Apple Software”) are licensed, not sold, to you by Apple Inc. (“Apple”) for use only under the terms of this License. Apple and/or Apple’s licensors retain ownership of the Apple Software itself and reserve all rights not expressly granted to you.

Basically it is illegal to make and build a Hackintosh from the privacy of your own home. OS X sends usage statistics to Apple and Apple may or may not, catch you on a Hackintosh. Apple may or may not sue you but the chances are really slim to not get caught. Again I’m not saying that you should make a Hackintosh, just get a Mac already if you want to try out OS X. There nothing to lose. OS X is a really good operating system, just like Windows. You just cannot really compare them both. If Apple were to sue you, you will never win, because they have the EULA and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to back them up. Some might way that Apple is wrong but it’s Apple, they do what they want to do.

Take Microsoft and Windows for example, they don’t make the hardware and computers to run Windows. They only licence the software for it to run on a PC.

Always remember that you don’t own a copy of OS X even if you buy it or if it came with your computer. Running OS X on a PC is a violation, it is legally made to run on Macs and it need to run on Macs. OS X is only intended to run on Apple hardware and platforms. Again the chances of being caught are really, really slim.