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So I gave my mom windows 8

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    ^ Thank you. When I was asked at work to describe the OS as simply as I could, this is what I came up with. It sounded good, so I changed my sig block.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I don't really see how that qualifies as getting rid of Metro, you simply have a couple of tiles, but still have the awkward flop back and forth between the now much emptier metro start screen and the classic deskop.
    If switching to the Start Screen from the Desktop is awkward, then clicking the File tab in Office 2010 and 2013 to the full screen Backstage views are awkward....
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    Quote Originally Posted by phailyoor View Post
    I don't really classify opening the start menu as awkward. It lacks the annoying flipping animation that metro apps make, and does not activate the upper-left corner thingy. Yes, it's designed to look metro, but it's really just a fullscreen start menu. It does not make the desktop feel like an app at all. In fact, the desktop feels like it's underneath the start menu whenever it's open.
    Well put, when configured a certain Desktop-centric way, it just feels simply like a sub-Desktop layer that you go into to find something. Doesn't feel weird at all, it just feels right.
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    I don't get it, if you just remove ALL the metro styled apps, and replaced them with Desktop shortcuts, how is that bad?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    rd, then clicking the File tab in Office 2010 and 2013 to the full screen Backstage views are awkward....
    Sorry, I'm not following you.

    I saw going to Metro start screen is awkward, because with any previous version of Windows, I could hit the start button and continue to see my running apps, my taskbar, my notification area, my toast pop ups, etc. With Windows 8, I hit the Windows key and all of a sudden the entire desktop is gone and I have a completely different thing.
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    Yes, it's very awkward.

    This thing is really for tablets.

    Fine.

    If you want to use a proper machine - you may in future have to look for something other than windows.

    Those references to the desktop as "legacy" are ominous.

    At least that is where MS think they are going at the moment.

    They may change their minds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by phailyoor View Post
    I don't really classify opening the start menu as awkward. It lacks the annoying flipping animation that metro apps make, and does not activate the upper-left corner thingy. Yes, it's designed to look metro, but it's really just a fullscreen start menu. It does not make the desktop feel like an app at all. In fact, the desktop feels like it's underneath the start menu whenever it's open.
    Well put, when configured a certain Desktop-centric way, it just feels simply like a sub-Desktop layer that you go into to find something. Doesn't feel weird at all, it just feels right.
    Especially since secondary monitors always show desktop, no matter what else is happening. The start screen is just a start menu that happens to take up the whole screen. Not saying it's great, but it's only slightly worse than the old start menu at worst, and slightly better at best.
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    I think this line from two and half men describes windows 8 perfectly:

    It's like a kangaroo driving a car, the rides a little bumpy but he will eventually get you there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    rd, then clicking the File tab in Office 2010 and 2013 to the full screen Backstage views are awkward....
    Sorry, I'm not following you.

    I saw going to Metro start screen is awkward, because with any previous version of Windows, I could hit the start button and continue to see my running apps, my taskbar, my notification area, my toast pop ups, etc. With Windows 8, I hit the Windows key and all of a sudden the entire desktop is gone and I have a completely different thing.
    Have you used Office 2010 or 2013?
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    Yes, I use 2010 every day at work. Have got 2013 installed on my Win8 machine. Don't know what you meant by full screen "Backstage" views.
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