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Windows 8 Why Are You So Far?

I’m not talking about features or user interface wise, but on when you’ll be available to the masses. Your touch ui is really great. The split screen is genius. How about that multitasking nice. Oh and those touch button icon (some of the most used things you would do) is awesome. Did I mention how software (apps) can be made via HTML5 and Java if you’re so inclined. It’s a freaking full OS!

My question, why are you so far away? Why do you have to tease us, when all we have is that ios thing and that other honey thing? You’re like that light at the end of the tunnel. You’re like an oasis. You’ve got the looks, the power, and the individuality. Who needs those other underpowered oses when we can have a full blown one that can run every big app imaginable (if they rewrite it for Windows 8).

You think I’m full of it? Well check out the video below:

PS: Hey Microsoft, I’d be glad to be a beta tester for Windows 8 (of course with one of the quad-core tablet to test it on).

Zune HD: The Revolution Begins

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In the last couple of days, more specifically yesterday, there have been a lot of buzz with the new Zune HD.  Now don’t take this portable media player lightly.  For those Apple loyalist this article is not for you.  I don’t need to hear how Apple is this and that and Microsoft is this and that.

Now why do I call it a revolution?  If you look at the videos (look below), you will be in awe.  Interface is very smooth.  Thanks to the power of the Tegra chip,  it is able to produce those fancy graphics.  I’ve never seen anything like that that was that smooth for a mobile device.  Now take this for what you will.  Remember this Zune is running off from what I hear a version of Windows CE.   You’ve seen WinMo 6.5.  They are experimenting with the UI.  It’s starting to look like the Zune HD.  If they keep building it with the better hardware what will we get?  The answer is the future Windows phone (Windows Mobile 7).   This is only the beginning of what’s to come.

Now some may say that the Zune UI is bad or all flash no usability.  What do I see, something totally different.  Creating a UI based on words alone.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that, but I’m sure there will still be some icons.  Those who critisize the word UI, I ask you this, what so hard about reading words.  Are people that illiterate that people have graduated school and don’t know how to read.  Also some say that its all a bunch of words and you don’t know which to press.  It’s quite simple, the selectable text are those that are pure white or whatever color (at it’s full brightness).  Those that are not are faded into the back.  Also to go the previous screen, you just press the word that is cropped on the top,  how simple is that. It’s a pretty big back button too.  I think it a pretty slick UI.  When Microsft starts implementing this in their Windows Mobile OS (specifically WinMo 7), competitors better be worried especially when it’s paired with Tegra or a higher end hardware.

Don’t forget it not just about Zune and Microsoft.  When the Tegra hardware or other high-end hardware is widely available we’ll see some great stuff at a great battery life too.  From Sony (Crossbars smoothness) to HTC’s revamped Touchflo to Andriod.

To Microsoft and the Zune designers/programmers props for thinking out of the box and creating something many people want.  Microsoft looks like will have a good late 2009 – 2010 with release of Windows7, Zune HD, and Windows Mobile 7.   The Zune HD comes out in mid September in 16 and 32 gig variants.  Features include  720p video playback, browser, Microsoft Marketplace, artist bio,  AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, and HD radio.  Did I miss other things?  Let me know.    Now if you have a spare Zune HD, I’ll gladly review it.

Here’s another video to drool over.  Videos courtesy of  Crunchgear and PC MAG.

Visit the Zune Site HERE.