I have tried the better known third party start menus. All worked 100%.:
Start Menu 7(3.88 and 4.3 : Power 8:Vistart and Vistastart.
I think the article may have been referring to, or hinting at, the original, and now redundant, registry hack. I cannot see any way that Microsoft can stop a future registry exploitation.
Forgot the Classic Menu. My own preference - working perfectly.
I don't want Windows 8 on my desktop PC (or my old laptop without a multitouch pad), but I like it more on my slate and I would expect on a multitouch pad laptop that allows me to do the same things without touching the screen.
Cluberti, you've pretty well got it figured out. Touchscreen devices are the wave of the future, and Windows 8 emphasizes touch screens. But if you go to the traditional desktop, it is a great OS for a desktop computer.
Of course there are more tablet sales than desktops sales:
- Desktops last a long time (you don't have to throw them away after 6 months use).
- They've been sold to people for ~30 years (i.e. most people who want one, have one).
I'm sure MS want a slice of that action (consumer devices).
MS is prepared to blow 1 billion existing user upgrades, to try and steal 100 million sales from Apple and Google.
IMO, most Apple and Google users aren't going to swap to MS.
If all you ever do is read email, watch YouTube and/or Twit, touch is OK.
I use my computer to do "real" work.
How is touch relevant to actually doing "real" work?
Read a review that the Nokia Lumia phone is a bargain. But, irrespective as to how good Win8 or Android is, you won't break that Apple sort of mentality.
For actual computing --unless you are hosting a load of servers are are into gaming in a big way - the Desktop IS DEAD -- and Buried too. BUT NOT LAPTOPS.
Pretty well every office I have ever been to now issues both INTERNAL and EXTERNAL staff company laptops or in an increasing number of cases are encouraging external consultants to provide their own laptops.
Tablets are "new fangled" devices that sit between Smart phones and traditional laptops.
I don't actually think they are too long for this world either (might be in a minority of one but I'm sticking my neck out here -- that stupid agency "Gartners" thinks the PC will be obsolete in 2 years so I go to the opposite view-- well I'll bet that the tablet will pretty much have died by then or "Morphed" into a netbook with an attachable external keyboard and facilities for adding external USB devices -- I.e --you've guessed it -- a laptop. !!.
In a new market people always go Bonkers over sales volumes but totally forget in a mature market these sales volumes diminish very substantially indeed.
Anything that I could conceivably need a tablet for I can do quite comfortably on a Smart phone --especially the newer ones and the only possible application I might consider would be an e-book reader -- but 99% of any books that I want to access while I'm travelling I play as Audio Books through the phone. Much easier and portable too. The internal micro SD card holds 32 GB -- loads and loads of books at mp3 can be downloaded as well as music etc etc.
I need a computer for things like presentations, spread sheets, financial analysis, Engineering design etc . All this stuff is virtually IMPOSSIBLE to do on an Ipad or any other 100% touch type device.
W8 is fine but it must embrace 2 different sets of users to be a success.
The problem with all these statistics is they go on and on about how many new units have been shipped and fail to take into account net growth although how they would get those figures I have no idea. Maybe, just maybe, the tablet market is not far off saturation point.