They need to bring back F8 into safe boot as well in Windows 8.
The real tragedy is that the framework for Windows 8 IS VERY GOOD! All these idiots had to do when the public balked was to allow a choice of which GUI to boot into at start and all would have been well, my guess is that a good number who initially would stick with the desktop at boot default would have eventually switched over to Metro over time. Now we will never know.
I still can't believe what a FIASCO Windows 8 has become and it all could have EASILY been avoided. My guess is that in the future this will be a case studied in the best business schools in the country, just like the New Coke fiasco was. Except one company LISTENED and actually acted on that feedback and the other.....hasn't.
It doesn't take into account the people who used all of the W8 previews for a year before the retail version was released and who still hate Metro.
How long is this "miraculous revelation" going to take?
This is also true with regards to the awful "Ribbon" too
I read an article on another computer blog (within the past week) where several comments were posted about how the writers hated the "Ribbon".
The posters considered the "Ribbon" and Metro to be failed GUIs.
Hasn't the "Ribbon" been foisted onto users for ~6 years now?
I think Mr Ballmer needs a dose of Lord Sugar's finger. (The Apprentice TV program).
..as for the Ribbon.. .....
Windows 8.1 is DEFINITELY an improvement -- had windows 8 had just BOOT DIRECT TO DESKTOP from the start like W8.1 has most of the complaints over Metro and lack of menu would have disappeared and there wouldn't be a huge amount of negative publicity.
I think somebody looked at the Apple Store and thought -- Maybe we can do this too without realizing that Windows users come from a totally different perspective than Apple users.
I still have some issues with Windows 8.1 --it's not quite ready IMO for prime time - but it IS a preview so changes will certainly be made before the Final.
Windows 8 itself wasn't obviously sensibly thought out -- Windows 8.1 is definitely a step in the right direction -- lets hope Ms realizes that there are MILLIONS of "Classical PC" users out there who aren't going away any time soon.
Also with people buying SEVERAL larger and larger monitors (60 inch one's aren't that rare any more - or even 72 inch monsters) the whole idea of running full screen Mobile phone type apps on these is just PLAIN BONKERS. Even I regularly use 3 or 4 monitors at home now and usually have at least TWO at work --generally THREE.
There are signs that with the use of these monitors desktop computing is making a small comeback -- it will never be as great as before --those days are gone but it is still a SIGNIFICANT and not a dying market.