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What you want to see in the Consumer Preview of Windows 8

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    What you want to see in the Consumer Preview of Windows 8


    This here is a thread to discuss what you'd like to see in the next phase of Windows 8.

    To start off, I would love better system personalization options to customize both Desktop and Start Screen.

    I'd want to see a commanding, consolidated PC Settings panel to change EVERY setting, both metro and non metro.

    Maybe either a) ditch Windows Media Player or b) make WMP more like Zune or c) make Windows Media Center the one and only media player that looks like Zune

    Better Live Tile updates

    A Kinekt that can be used for the Desktop (Minority Report anyone?)

    Allow for DPI customizations for the Start Screen

    Having the Lock Screen background used as the Boot Screen.

    Facial recognition

    Better speech controls

    A better working Charms Bar

    Get rid of the black background on the Start button

    Get rid of the huge time display when you hover over the Start button

    Make the sidebar slightly smaller and be able to customize what settings you'd like

    This comes back to the days of Windows Longhorn's sidebar, but maybe choosing to ditch the system tray icons in favor for the sidebar

    Instant Viewer built in for Windows 8

    Live Window resizing

    More pinnable items on the Taskbar

    Potentially running metro apps on the Desktop in chromeless windows

    Making the metro apps have window controls

    Get rid on window control buttons for window control icons

    A metro styled Windows Explorer

    ReFS for the client OS builds

    And yada yada yada.......

    What do you guys what to see?

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    System Reset and System Refresh not needing the installation media to perform.

    Improvements on Windows Media Center

    A better Modern Reader for viewing PDF files.

    A separate button for Metro and the Start Menu.

    A built-in ability to make pictures as the Metro screen background.

    Window control for Metro apps and a proper power button on the side of the Metro screen.

    Better diagnosis of computer problems.

    Better built-in security features.

    And a built-in ability to clean up obsolete elements in the computer filesystem and the Registry though that is not very likely to happen.
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    A separate button for Metro and the Start Menu.

    A built-in ability to make pictures as the Metro screen background.
    Greight
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I've been reading that Microsoft won't allow picture backgrounds on the Start Screen due to tiles covering up most of the background, and the background would be stretched out and distorted. From their perspective, that is true. And also, the tiles would really cover it all up.

    I suggest, Aero Tiles. Build of the Aero transparency effects, and make glassy tiles. That way, apps can still have their own colors, and program links can still be in their system color, but with an opaqueness to them so a picture background would work.

    I still say, for desktops at least, that the Desktop background should be the background for the Start Screen, but blacked out a bit, or washed out to put the tiles at the center of attention. I could work.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Maybe having a setting in Personalization to use a custom background for both Desktop and Lock Screens, and for Start Screen as well.
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    For those who don't know what Instant Viewer is of the Microsoft Touch Mouse....with one touch gesture, I can see all my open windows and even apps in Windows 8. I think this should be integrated for 8 for touch and desktop.

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    they could you know add back some of the old menu structure....

    as much as i enjoy spending an age searching for this crap i am in a job where i know full well i'll spend far to much time answering even more stupid questions about this os....it's about as user friendly as a space shuttle manual.
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    My wild imagination is that if the price of touch screen monitors are as cheap as the conventional.
    Then I won't have much objection to whatever MS makes to its Windows version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mas Catoer View Post
    My wild imagination is that if the price of touch screen monitors are as cheap as the conventional.
    Then I won't have much objection to whatever MS makes to its Windows version.

    Capacitive touch screen monitors are not that expensive, the addition would add only about $40 to $60 dollars to the price of the monitor. However, you are not going to use them. Try touching your monitor to select commands and data consistently (either in a laptop or a desktop) over a number of hours and your shoulders will start aching very soon. Furthermore, it is a remarkably slow method of issuing commands and selecting and manipulating data. Just check how cut and paste works in tablets and smartphones and you would understand.

    On handheld devices, touch is mandatory simply because there are hardly any other methods of entry (at least in current smartphones) and because we are used to use our fingers with such devices. I believe that manufacturers will add touch in desktops and laptops just to meet a spec but users are not really going to use them simply because they are incovenient.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ADRz View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mas Catoer View Post
    My wild imagination is that if the price of touch screen monitors are as cheap as the conventional.
    Then I won't have much objection to whatever MS makes to its Windows version.

    Capacitive touch screen monitors are not that expensive, the addition would add only about $40 to $60 dollars to the price of the monitor. However, you are not going to use them. Try touching your monitor to select commands and data consistently (either in a laptop or a desktop) over a number of hours and your shoulders will start aching very soon. Furthermore, it is a remarkably slow method of issuing commands and selecting and manipulating data. Just check how cut and paste works in tablets and smartphones and you would understand.

    On handheld devices, touch is mandatory simply because there are hardly any other methods of entry (at least in current smartphones) and because we are used to use our fingers with such devices. I believe that manufacturers will add touch in desktops and laptops just to meet a spec but users are not really going to use them simply because they are incovenient.
    Some people would like touch monitors, as you said, the PC has multiple input devices to use.

    I don't see manufacturers using touch monitors everywhere. ASUS has reportedly integrated the Kinect's motion sensor into one of their laptops. I see that being used. It's different, it's new. It's potentionally better than touch on a desktop. I mean, honestly, with new input devices in the game, we could see OSs being designed to be much more dynamic and more natural for natural interactions with our enviornment.
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