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Your general opinions on Windows 8.1 Preview Release

  1. #161


    Hafnarfjrur IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrys View Post
    However, when doing as Lehnerus and Brink suggest, one can avoid the Start Menu. What more do you guys want?
    The ability to see multiple Metro apps in overlapping Windows.

    I know 8.1 has improved "Snap" but from what I've seen, it still won't let me look at a spreadsheet in the top half of the screen and a PDF report (in Reader) in the bottom half. I need do to this sort of thing to do my job.

    No problem if you use only Desktop apps, as most people will at the moment, but if the push is towards developers writing Metro apps, Metro itself needs to become a better platform.

    Oh and a few other things - organising Start Screen Apps into subfolders for instance.
    Hi there
    The best way of doing that is to create a custom toolbar IMO and then just use the Boot straight to desktop.

    Metro is still a pain -- in my post on experience with it -- You can alter the size at will of TWO metro apps (Vertically on the screen). A 3rd one can start - you see a horizontal small screen appear but when you click on it one of the other metro apps disappears so you STILL only get TWO on the screen and you can't CONCURRENTLY view classical desktop apps like say a Spread sheet you are working on -- so for serious desktop users - Metro still a NO NO.

    (With Multiple monitors though you can still use desktop apps on another screen - a small improvement).

    Boot to the desktop directly though is a HUGE improvement.

    Cheers
    jimbo

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  2. #162


    Posts : 375
    Win 8.1 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    . Incidentally W8 will HAVE to be upgraded soon to W8.1 -- in spite of the horrors that IE11 can have - so eventually you'll have to use it --


    jimbo

    Please explain further. Have you seen anything official from MS ?

    For my use, there is no major advantage to upgrade.
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  3. #163


    BELGIUM
    Posts : 503
    WINDOWS 8.1 x64


    windows 8.1 - applications screen crazy navigation

    Interesting article Jimbo, a lot of work also.

    Read this for the first time.

    thanks

    Jeff
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  4. #164


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by torre View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    . Incidentally W8 will HAVE to be upgraded soon to W8.1 -- in spite of the horrors that IE11 can have - so eventually you'll have to use it --


    jimbo

    Please explain further. Have you seen anything official from MS ?

    For my use, there is no major advantage to upgrade.
    Last I heard, no IE 11 for Windows 8 and they will stop issuing patches for 8 once 8.1 becomes official.
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  5. #165


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    You can download an evaluation copy for 180 days BTW. Incidentally W8 will HAVE to be upgraded soon to W8.1 -- in spite of the horrors that IE11 can have - so eventually you'll have to use it
    This better not be mandatory! My poor old Dell Precision 370 will not run Windows 8.1 64 bit as it requires BIOS/Hardware support it doesn't have.
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  6. #166


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by torre View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    . Incidentally W8 will HAVE to be upgraded soon to W8.1 -- in spite of the horrors that IE11 can have - so eventually you'll have to use it --

    jimbo
    Please explain further. Have you seen anything official from MS ?

    For my use, there is no major advantage to upgrade.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    This better not be mandatory! My poor old Dell Precision 370 will not run Windows 8.1 64 bit as it requires BIOS/Hardware support it doesn't have.
    From this Microsoft blog post here:
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview Now Available
    Windows 8 customers will have two years to move to Windows 8.1 after the General Availability of the Windows 8.1 update to continue to remain supported under Windows 8 lifecycle. With the availability of Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview, it is time to start planning your deployment - and there are deployment tools and guidance available to help make these updates seamless for customers.
    It doesn't mention 64-bit anywhere though - I'm also hoping that 32-bit Windows 8.1 will still be available.
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  7. #167


    Posts : 375
    Win 8.1 64bit


    Would anyone be surprised if the RC for Win9 is released within 18-24 months after official release of 8.1 ?
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  8. #168


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    You can download an evaluation copy for 180 days BTW. Incidentally W8 will HAVE to be upgraded soon to W8.1 -- in spite of the horrors that IE11 can have - so eventually you'll have to use it
    This better not be mandatory! My poor old Dell Precision 370 will not run Windows 8.1 64 bit as it requires BIOS/Hardware support it doesn't have.
    just like when win7 service packs came out ,you had to have sp1 installed before you install sp2 ,or you would no longer be able to get win7 sp1 updates ,so it will come to be ,that you will have to install 8.1 first before you will be able to get any more windows 8 updates ,So you will affect the security of your win8 computer buy not install win 8.1 when it becomes final
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  9. #169


    Well, I've promised myself a new computer for Christmas. I'm sure it will have 8.1 on it. I'll donate my current one which does run 8.1 X86 okay.

    I'm looking forward to being able to play with UEFI and GPT drives as I have no experience with them at all yet.
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  10. #170


    BELGIUM
    Posts : 503
    WINDOWS 8.1 x64


    "For my use, there is no major advantage to upgrade.Last I heard, no IE 11 for Windows 8 and they will stop issuing patches for 8 once 8.1 becomes official."

    That means that Windows 9 will be around the corner soon and that we need to pay.......again, right?


    Jeff
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