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.