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Windows Videos: First look at Windows 8.1


HippsieGypsie

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#61
I know what MS are doing, and I understand why. If I were in their position, I would be trying to leverage their massive existing user base into their online services. That is best for MS.

It is not necessarily best for the consumers.

The whole 8/metro thing is to serve MS aims.
And what exactly is the "MS aims" you speak of? All I see them doing is diversifying with a Store to sell something. That's what companies do. Sell products and/or services. Bottom line is that no one is forced to buy anything. No one has to store anything on anyone's server unless they want to. As long as we have a choice all is fine. When we don't have a choice, I, for one, will use a different OS. If I can't find one, I'll throw my PC and any other devices into the garbage bin, for I can live without them. Perhaps I'll take up fishing. :D
 

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Hopachi

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HippsieGypsie

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#63
There's that, and it will make the cloud virtually (ha-ha) useless for many.

But with me, it's a matter of trust.

I don't trust businesses to do the right thing, I don't trust hackers.
I'll assume you put these both in the same sentence as for hackers to break into systems, e.g. MS servers. Nothing is 100% secure, even our own systems. It's a shame we all have to live in fear of criminals no matter where or what we're doing and it seems to get worse as time goes on. Personally I try to use common sense. I don't store sensitive things online even though I know there's encryption. Perhaps someday I will, but for now I don't even store it on my PC drive. I store it encrypted on an external drive that I turn on and off.

And, after the revelations of the past week or so, I CERTAINLY don't trust our governments. Not mine, and definitely not that of the USA.
I'd like to go all out politically with this, but we have forum rules. Let's just say I'm an old Hippie with certain veiws of my government. My veiws haven't changed over the years. I'm not at all surprised that most of the world distrusts the US gov. I'll just leave it at that.

I have nothing to hide, but equally have nothing I wish to share without my explicit permission.
Same here, but as long as we have the choice as to how much we store on others' servers all is ok.

Cloud NOT good; Cloud VERY bad.

Wenda.
Anything that mankind creates is either used for good or bad. It all depends on who's using it and for what motive.

Is MS "luring" users to their Cloud? Yes, but not forcing. What's their motive > Profit, just as any company. If and when they, or anyone, forces me to do anything is the day I'll get rid of it.
 

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SIW2

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#64
Not sure I am keen on search scopes. Ubuntu Unity did it first of course - luckily there is a simple gui thing for turning them off:

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Wenda

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Yes, I certainly don't want Search to trawl the internet every time I search for something.

That is WAY more annoying than it is useful.

I'll be turning it off.


Wenda.
 

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SmartEyeball

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#66
Well that video highlighted nothing of interest for me and my usage of 8.

I'm sure it's a great boon for touch devices though.
 

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#68
Aren't we using the Cloud right now, just posting on this forum? I think it's interesting that we're mangling together the two terms, Cloud and Internet. They're basically the same things, but correct me if I'm wrong.

But anyway, back to the topic. I don't know if I'll bother trying 8.1 in a VM, but it seems like a no-brainer to upgrade to it when it eventually comes out (for me anyways).

I agree with Paul Thurrott that Windows 8 was a 1.0 product upon its release (at least the Metro part of it anyways), and we needed to be patient as it eventually would evolve.
 

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