You know why the French lost the war so quickly? They stuck to WW1 strategy while the Germans invented new ones.
I'm greatly puzzled by this notion that since the desktop was dying in the market they should have added another desktop and somehow magically people will start buying the desktop in great numbers again.
And I still don't get this notion that the desktop is dead. I use my desktop every day. It's still there. No one has come and take my desktop away yet. Why is it that almost every single one of your posts sound like someone is holding a gun to your head and force you to use the metro interface and that your dog will die if you dare to open up a desktop app?
When you turn off Bing search, it does stop the system displaying internet links in the search results. That sounds great, but... Both the search terms and search results (not actual files) are submitted to MS by the system. In another word, MS will continue tracking, similarly to tracking that is nowadays all over the browsers. MS should clarify this in the search and apps configuration.
In the current version of smart search, or Bing search, it is only implemented for the search charm. The other searches, explorer, programs, etc., do not contact MS.
The easiest way stopping Bing search to track the user searches is, well, don't use the search charm. On the desktop, that's pretty easy to do, but may not be so on tablets or smartphones. The only other way I could stop it is to block the DNS name and/or IP address of the destination server. When the destination is blocked by the firewall policy, this is the error message the system displays, even if the internet access is just fine:
And I am with you....Personally, when I don't have those choices, I'll be the first one to go elsewhere.
God, I just love reading this stuff. . .The best entertainment a person can have short of a good round of Golf (had an excellent round this morning). . .
Explain why mac sales have been taking a hit as well if windows 8 was the cause of the slumping sales. Explain how this logic that since the desktop was suffering slumping sales that the solution is to continue to come out with the same thing. Explain what's preventing you from taking 1 minute out of your precious time to install classic shell. Explain what's preventing you from spending 20 seconds of your precious time to tweak the registry to kill off the metro UI forever. Explain how big brother MS is forcing you to use touch.
I just spent the last 8 hours working on my desktop computer and not once did I go into metro. If MS was really trying to force me to work in metro environment, you'd think that I'd see it at least once in the last 8 hours.
And to go back to your freezing rain and flu example. PC sales were already taking a nose dive long before windows 8 came out. So, in this case you were already having a flu and standing in freezing rain. The best course of action in such a situation is to change strategy and try to get out of the rain, not continue to stand in the rain. Your analogy was flawed. MS recognized that the paradigm shift is affecting the sales, so they took a new strategy. At worst, it did not result in what they had hoped. But what was the alternative? Continue on with the proven failed strategy?
Just give it a rest already. We get it that you must have the start menu. Classic shell and any number of other free start menu will do the trick. You hate the metro UI, and there's a way to kill it off forever. I swear to you, after you've done these two things, it's pretty much an improved version of windows 7.
But enough with this windows-8-is-the-cause-of-all-evil stuff.
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No offense ever intended.
You can post up your own opinions/thoughts/whatever. You are free to do so . This is a forum. I don't feel disposed to tell you to stop doing that.
However, when you misrepresent what I have posted, I will correct it.
That is not what I have been saying.