Windows 8 RTMs...:
This podcast covers the final feature set of WIndows 8 RTM (release to manufacturing), the upgrade process and a variety of findings in my year long testing of this next release of Windows. Topics covered:
- A brief history of release builds
- Understanding the new verbiage of Windows 8
- Upgrade options from various legacy platforms
- Start button -> Start screen tips and workflow
- What the Microsoft Store may mean to CAD
- Unofficial SolidWorks product support (my findings thus far)
- Considerations prior to taking the plunge
It was nearly a year ago when Microsoft stood on stage at the BUILD conference and announced the first downloadable build of Windows 8 (Developer Preview) was available to the world. For many, this was the first hands-on experience with their next major release of Windows. I was one who downloaded it and did some preliminary testing to experience the new Start Screen (formally known as "Metro"). Since this release, there have been two other milestone releases, the Customer Preview and the Release Preview, each showing slight progression in feature completeness and stability.
For the past year I have been running Windows 8, in its various builds , and testing how well many of the applications that I use, including SolidWorks products, in order to be ready when this version hits the shelves in October. On August 15th, the feature complete build (aka RTM) was made available to manufacturers as well as MSDN and TechNet subscribers, of which I am one. Since the RTM bits are exactly what will ship in October, we finally have an understanding of what Windows 8 is with all its official shiny features.
Windows 8 has many traditional environments that will be extremely familiar to long time users of Windows but it does pack a decent list of major changes including the removal and redesign of the Start button, the Windows Store, online services integration and the RT version, coming in the Microsoft Surface in a couple of months. Since we are all Windows users in the SolidWorks Community, it makes sense to hash out what to expect if Windows 8 is going to be in your future. ~Lou