Cycling is one of my main hobbies and Tuesday is the main event for cycling in the area. This reduces the number of awesome events in our city I can attend during that evening, so I don’t normally get to attend things like the GSP Developers Guild. This weekend I took a spill on my bike that caused enough injury for me to take a short break from the sport, and I was well rewarded.
The room at Greenville Tech was packed. It was a ‘sell-out’ crowd, in that we ran out of free pizza. Glen started the presentation with a quick demonstration of some of the new features in Windows 8. I had seen pictures and reviews of most of them but without having seen it in action, or used it myself, this was a good review.
Glen was demonstrating everything on an older laptop that folds down into a tablet. I had one of these a few years ago and really miss it. It had just enough power to do all my development needs and all kinds of portability. Everything ran smoothly on the older hardware and almost everything was supported. The one feature he discussed but couldn’t demonstrate was improvements of the OS with regards to pen input. Now, when you write on your tablet, you can write just like you would on a piece of paper, with your palm resting on the screen. Even though the screen would normally register that as input, but since the pen is near the screen, the OS knows to disable touch input. I am looking forward to new hardware possibilities that Windows 8 will support.
Overall, I really enjoyed Glen’s talk. Despite some hurdles retooling for Metro, Windows 8 offers interesting new user experience options that we are excited about exploring.