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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.

My thoughts about Windows 8.

Posted: February 13, 2012 in Software, Windows
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I have recently tried out Windows 8 and have been using it very regularly. I really like how it has changed, comparing it to the previous version of Windows, Windows 7. Windows 8, for me, totally changed how I look at and think about Windows anymore. It still has the old Windows desktop with the icons but the only thing that changed, not including some minor and major updates to the UI, was the new Metro start menu. Microsoft believes in better UI and user experience. Their also trying to catch up to the growing tablet market, by making Windows 8, the “next” version of Windows, touch compatible. Microsoft sees an opportunity for apps, games, and developers. One of the biggest things in Windows 8 is the Windows Application Store. (Not the official name) It seems like Windows wants to also go into the app market too. Microsoft is slowly catching up to the growing advantages and technologies. It’s not about what Microsoft says their going to put in Windows 8, it’s about is it going to actually work well and are the consumers going to like the features.

Windows 8 Developer Preview has been available for download for a quiet amount of time. Microsoft said that the next preview, “Windows 8 Consumers Preview” will be release during an event in Barcelona on February 29th, 2012. This is going to be a big milestone for Windows 8. I’m just wondering why are they calling it “Consumers Preview” and not “beta”.

Do you would want to try out Windows 8 Consumers Preview when it comes out?

What’s the best features or thing you really like in Windows 8?

What do you think the next version after Windows 8 is going to be called?

***I’ll try to blog live from the Barcelona event about the Windows 8 Consumers Preview so please stay tuned to my blog page and I appreciate and thank my readers.