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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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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.

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.

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.