This is Windows 8 running on Microsoft Surface 1.0 [Video]

We all know that Windows 8 will work well on a touch screen computer. One of Microsoft’s biggest touch screen devices, it’s Microsoft surface product, would be an interesting option for installing Windows 8.

One courageous individual has done just that, they installed Windows 8 on Microsoft Surface 1.0. The interface, as expected, works well in the touch based environment: Windows 8 running on Surface 1.0 can be viewed in the video below.

While the interface does work well, there are a couple of exceptions as Windows 8 was not intended to run on surface (at least for now). Microsoft Surface was designed to be used on all sides of the device, as such; Windows 8 is only useable from a single orientation.

Seeing Windows 8 on such a large screen does show some limitations of the OS as stated by nui.joshland.org:

For one, everything is oriented in one direction, and two, I need to reach too far to get to certain interface elements across the table. That's the opposite of the ergonomic intent of the immersive mode, which was design for smaller screens and slates.

While we know that Windows 8 can be installed on many different devices, to see it on Microsoft Surface does show that touch screens can become too big for the interface. Of course, this is an early Developer Preview; Microsoft may already have a modified UI for screens of this size.

Video and Image Credit: nui.joshland.org

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calimike said,
MS already has Surface 2.0, didn't they?

yes, and it's much nicer, but this guy had a version 1.0 so he went that way

i like the metro look, its different and trying to make a different look, instead of an iPhone clone like so many others.

one thing i dont understand is in the video, something seems wrong, he sends the twit and it says 2 hours ago at 3:09.

efjay said,
Bet if this was from apple those people complaining would love it and claim it was "revolutionary"!

Oh, darn I thought this was OS XI, my bad. . .

smooth3006 said,

how can anyone hate aero?

How can anyone hate Metro? Different people have different aesthetic values and will have differing opinions on different UIs

Sraf said,

How can anyone hate Metro? Different people have different aesthetic values and will have differing opinions on different UIs

BECAUSE METRO IS A WALL OF TILES MADE BY A 2ND GRADER!

****! We get it already. How many more times are you going to post this crap? Don't you have a new bunch of whine threads to start?

ahhell said,
****! We get it already. How many more times are you going to post this crap? Don't you have a new bunch of whine threads to start?

in most Windows 8 post he has at lest 3 post saying how he doesnt like it... he is really easy to spot with that superman icon

Is that surface PC homemade? it looks REALLY ****! LOL

Mind you, so does his decor. Probably spent all his money on that prop from the original Star Trek series (the PC).

We all know that Windows 8 will work well on a touch screen computer

We do? At best, we've seen a developer preview, and there's a lot of negative feedback relating to Windows 8's Metro theming even here on the forums, and given Microsoft's history of trying to make Windows "touch compatible" has been pretty poor, there's still a lot of convincing to be done. Surely even this article (to an extent) contradicts this very claim?

Majesticmerc said,

We do? At best, we've seen a developer preview, and there's a lot of negative feedback relating to Windows 8's Metro theming even here on the forums, and given Microsoft's history of trying to make Windows "touch compatible" has been pretty poor, there's still a lot of convincing to be done. Surely even this article (to an extent) contradicts this very claim?

Paul Thurrott has done a few bits with it, as has Giz, and they both agree that the touch UI is really good. I don't know about you, but most of the people I've seen here have been complaining about the touch centric UI on NON touch devices

Theme is not the same as a UI, I have it running on a touchscreen PC and it works well. Those with dev slates have reported the same, it's a lot like WP7 in terms of use.

Majesticmerc said,

We do? At best, we've seen a developer preview, and there's a lot of negative feedback relating to Windows 8's Metro theming even here on the forums, and given Microsoft's history of trying to make Windows "touch compatible" has been pretty poor, there's still a lot of convincing to be done. Surely even this article (to an extent) contradicts this very claim?

The new UI works great with touch, it's very smooth and fluid. The negative feeback is from the diehard desktop users who don't want to move away from the "classic" start menu and so on.

Sraf said,

Paul Thurrott has done a few bits with it, as has Giz, and they both agree that the touch UI is really good. I don't know about you, but most of the people I've seen here have been complaining about the touch centric UI on NON touch devices


Exactly, that's what I felt when I started using Win Developer Preview, it is just not right for Desktop at the moment. Now... having touch based devices... That'll be awesome .

Anyways, if people complain a lot, why not stick with Windows 7?

GP007 said,

The new UI works great with touch, it's very smooth and fluid. The negative feeback is from the diehard desktop users who don't want to move away from the "classic" start menu and so on.

exactly! ive been loving this new UI alot. i have used Windows from 3.1 days when i was a little kid, and i think the new UI its amazing of course i use key shortcuts and all, but it makes stuff easier or me to for example just launch 3dsmax or other software, the only thing i dont know how to do, its to make those groups they made with touch, when they zoomed out and then make game groups. and pinning apps its not easy, since i use win + q to find the apps place.

but the whole idea of the new UI its amazing and different. yeah i loved the other start menu, but i wont make my decisions on pictures, thats why i will use this windows 8 OS as my main OS. the only thing hard to install was 3dsmax since there is a problem in the installation and windows 8. but i got it working and i can use it now.

so these people complaining should 1. stick to windows 7 if they like so much the old start menu, because i think enabling old start menu in win8 is plain stupid. or 2. simple, use windows 8 and learn how to use win + anything.

because i think it needs to improve, it needs some features to make easier stuff, but its not like it sucks, and its only for touch since i using the scroll wheel through it.

GP007 said,

The new UI works great with touch, it's very smooth and fluid. The negative feeback is from the diehard desktop users who don't want to move away from the "classic" start menu and so on.

we all know your a diehard wp7 fan, well some of us are not! metro has got to go on non-touchscreen desktops, no ifs ands or buts about it!

GP007 said,
The new UI works great with touch, it's very smooth and fluid. The negative feeback is from the diehard desktop users who don't want to move away from the "classic" start menu and so on.

Since the new UI only allows for two apps on screen, I think the "classic" desktop is there to stay...

GP007 said,

The new UI works great with touch, it's very smooth and fluid. The negative feeback is from the diehard desktop users who don't want to move away from the "classic" start menu and so on.

Ugh, please. The UI is for touch, as in, touch. It SUCKS ASS for multitasking.