Microsoft had their Build conference here in Southern California last week. For the first time in 10 or so years I am genuinely excited with what they presented.
I grabbed the developer preview and installed it on my primary development machine on a new hard drive. It ran surprisingly well out of the box. I only need to update two drivers to have it functionally equivalent to my Windows 7 install:
- I needed to update the video driver to the latest nVidia beta to get the HDMI output to work. The VGA port worked just fine with the default Windows 8 nVidia driver, but I don’t do analog.
- I needed to install the Windows 7 64-bit driver for the O2Micro SD reader, it was not recognized by Windows 8 during the setup. The same thing happens with Windows 7.
Other than that, it’s been a pretty uneventful preview aside from the WONDERFUL new features, enhancements, and the LOVELY Metro interface. I even have Minecraft, Team Fortress 2, and Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with all the Mango developer tools running on it like butter. I may actually use it day to day.
Having had a Windows Phone 7 phone since day one, I have longed to see the Metro interface on a tablet and PC. Looks like I got my wish! As for developing apps for Windows 8, it’s cake. A few tiny changes in a little bit of code and methodologies as well as some new name-spaces. Not really much at all considering the re-imagining of Windows. All I can say is that I can’t wait to see what comes next!
Here’s the Keynote speech from Build Day 1. It’s amazing how excited and how much enthusiasm everyone is showing. I think Microsoft may have gotten its’ Mojo back!
Steven Sinofsky is the man.