Installing Windows 8 on the Samsung Series 7 tablet

Earlier this week, we received shipment of some Samsung Series 7 tablet computers from the Microsoft Store.  Kurt Schindler volunteered to installed Windows 8 on the computer, so he made a rather large USB drive

bootable with the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool (how-to article here).  I briefly go over the initial experience in this video.  You can see the new tablet interface called Metro.  These apps run in the WinRT runtime, which is a constrained runtime similar to Silverlight’s runtime.  You can also write C++ and Html/JavaScript apps in this runtime.  When running applications you are familiar with, like the desktop version of Skype, you tap the Skype tile that is laid out there for you.  No more hunting around in a huge start menu. 

Comments

Keith said on 11.01.2011 at 10:26 PM

The screen looks like it is flickering a lot. It's especially noticeable when you slide/pinch. Is that how it looks live or is that an artifact of your video camera?

Giuseppe Ferrigno said on 11.03.2011 at 2:48 PM

It actually flickers more live. The video camera reduces the flickering :-) - it is Metro, baby!

jeremiah said on 11.04.2011 at 6:25 PM

It's also your shaky hand. The phone, instead of using a gyro to correct vibration, is using camera data, analyzing the image, and re-positioning the picture to produce a smoother image.

that's why, when you slide screens on the tablet, the phone thinks you're panning and tries to keep the screen still, while the frame of the tablet and the background move.