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Microsoft’s communication head, Frank Shaw, recently talking to TechRadar confirmed that some users had complained about its latest operating system, citing the user interface changes as the main reason of their discontent:
“It is a significant shift. Windows over time has improved in really significant ways; Windows 8 is a jump in terms of the touch-first focus and some of the new platform elements. So you make that jump and you start that drive again to make it better, make it better, make it better… More apps, more hardware, more functionality built in.”
But Shaw suggests that it is only a matter of time before everybody gets used to Windows 8. Microsoft is planning big things for this new platform, and it will be continually improved in the coming years.
One important thing of note is that he refused to comment on the possibility of a new Windows flavor at a very low price point, at least this summer:
“But there’s always this moment when you make the jump and everybody looks at that and says ‘that makes me nervous’ or ‘that change is hard’. We certainly see some of that as well. But we’re committed to building not just for the next month but for the next 18 months, 36 months – whatever the time is on this new platform.”
Right then, two key things that are clear from this particular interview is that Redmond is well aware of the user sentiment and response as far as Windows 8 is concerned. But all things considered, the company still has a very clear vision for the future and growth of its latest platform.
Which, considering how much rides on Windows 8, can never be a bad thing.
New 3DMark Finally Released
Bang on target, today saw the release of the latest version of Futuremark’s benchmarking suite. After a series of delays and dismays the company finally set the launch date of February 4 last week.
While the previous editions came with version numbers, this revision is drops the notion and is simply called 3DMark — probably to emphasize the fact that this latest update is available for multiple platforms like Android, iOS and Windows RT, along with the traditional vanilla for Windows.
Although Futuremark has billed this as a cross platform benchmarking tool, all other versions for mobile platforms are slated for release at a later date (sometime in the first quarter of 2013, not that far away).
Once released, users will finally be able to test and compare results from all supported devices.
The mobile platforms will only feature the Ice Storm test that is also included in the flagship Windows version (along with two more, Cloud Gate and Fire Strike). This is unsurprising considering the traditional Window version is typically aimed at home and gaming PCs and notebooks. Take a look:
Each test is designed for different levels of computing prowess in mind, as you can see from the recommend specifications for the Windows version:
OS: Windows 7 or Windows 8
CPU: 1.8 GHz dual-core Intel or AMD CPU
Graphics: 3DMark Ice Storm requires 128 MB video card memory, Cloud Gate requires 256 MB video card memory, Fire Strike requires 1.5 GB video card memory, and Fire Strike Extreme requires 1.5 GB.
HDD: 3 GB free disk space
The free version of the benchmark is available from the official website, which gives the ability to run all three demos and compare the results with other PCs online.
Two additional versions are available, the Advanced Edition for $24.99 and a Professional Edition that retails for an eye-watering $995. You can check out all the juice details of what each version does at the link above.
One thing that is missing from all this hoopla is a version of Windows Phone, which is not even on the radar at the moment — a tad surprising considering the traction Microsoft’s mobile platform has recently been gaining and the plethora of smartphones that are set to be powered by it.
We will keep you updated as the release date for Windows RT (and other versions) approaches.