Live Chat on Windows 8, coming up at noon today

Posting from Anaheim: Do you have questions about Windows 8? Curious what the experience is like? Want to talk about the new Metro design and what it will mean for your next PC?

Here’s your chance.

I’ll be participating in a live chat about Microsoft’s next operating system with longtime technology journalist Wilson Rothman of msnbc.com at noon Pacific time today. Sign up for a reminder below and come back later this morning to jump into the mix.

As a primer, here’s my initial hands-on video and post about the Windows 8 Preview slate shown here in Anaheim this week. Since then I’ve had more time to experience Windows 8 with a keyboard and mouse, and I actually think that’s the most interesting subplot here at Build — for all the talk of Windows 8 as an iPad rival, it’s a big leap over current versions of Windows as a regular old desktop OS. Happy to talk about that or anything else, including some of the challenges I’ve encountered.

  • Anonymous

    Well I hope Microsoft Win8 beta or RTM allows you to boot right the desktop. If it doesn’t, i’ll stay far, far away from this product. I love Microsoft (hence my avatar), but if they don’t do something to fix this issue, I will not buy this product don’t matter how good it is or how cheap it is etc.

    • Guest

      There’s already a hack out to do that and I’d imagine MS will do something official. But having played around with W8 on a mouse/keyboard machine for an hour tonight, I was actually impressed by how well it operates in that environment. Yeah, the transitions between Metro and classic desktop are a bit jarring right now. But it’s pretty early in the dev process and UI work usually comes closer to the end. Obviously it’s been more upfront this time, but I still think we’re early in the refinement process. OTOH, the fast boot is amazing. The Metro UI works very well and should be a major improvement on tablets vs W7. And if they smooth some of the UI issues, there should still be quite a bit there for those who just want to stay immersed in the legacy desktop.

  • Anonymous

    Well I hope Microsoft Win8 beta or RTM allows you to boot right the desktop. If it doesn’t, i’ll stay far, far away from this product. I love Microsoft (hence my avatar), but if they don’t do something to fix this issue, I will not buy this product don’t matter how good it is or how cheap it is etc.

  • Travisbrown2012

    dang it like I miss everything on windows 8 development preview it kind of sucks if I cant load anything will find out anything that will be about deschonshons about it

  • Hadesjw

    I have been trying out Windows 8 for  awhile now and still don’t like the new set up. hope they keep it off the desk tops and just put it on tablets and phones, then develop a new one for towers and laptops. I really don’t like the new touch screen format, But that could also be because i don’t plan on getting a touch screen for at home unless the price starts to match other monitors and drops down a hole lot. Plus i don’t believe the business world plans on the same thing, just to much of a cost factor right now.