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Tech Analyst: Let’s Hope Blue Can Save Windows 8

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    Tech Analyst: Let’s Hope Blue Can Save Windows 8


    Microsoft is currently giving the final touches to Windows Blue, the next Windows upgrade, as the company is planning to release a public preview next month at the BUILD developer conference.

    But even if the company has already announced its intention to pay more attention to customer feedback with Blue, tech analyst Jeff Kagan claims that Microsoft might need a different approach.

    Windows 8’s main problem is the fact that it brings too many innovations, he says, so the Softies need to give users more customization power to let them pick the features that fit them the best.

    “If Microsoft can create something more moderate, they could be successful. If they could let the customer turn up the dial, at their pace, as time goes by, this could work. The pace of change is different for each customer, so each customer should be able to control how much innovation they want to deal with at a time. Some will be all the way from the start, while others will take a while,” he said.
    Tech Analyst: Let?s Hope Blue Can Save Windows 8

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    Seriously, it shouldn't be that difficult... all the annoyances are very well documented, it otta be quite simple to fix. Desktop users want to operate in a totally non-metro environment... without any of the hot pockets or charms bracelets or any other such nonsense.

    And while I personally chafe at their use of the term "innovations", where "mindless changes" would have been a better term... fix the mistakes and we can be one big happy family again.

    On the other hand, play us for fools, and there will be a rather large price to pay. Two back-to-back flops will be very hard to spin, and may well result in unemployment for many at ms central.......
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    There's one thing that I not sure of and that's the price.Is this going to be similar to a "service pack"? If I remembercorrectly, there has not been a charge for a service pack. Or will it besomething other than a service pack?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank1 View Post
    There's one thing that I not sure of and that's the price.Is this going to be similar to a "service pack"? If I remembercorrectly, there has not been a charge for a service pack. Or will it besomething other than a service pack?
    See

    Why Microsoft won't charge for Windows 'Blue' & this time
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    I first tried Windows 8 with the RTM build. I ended up formating and reinstalling Windows 7 after half an hour... I was so lost and angry at Microsoft that I promise myself to stay with Win 7 until it died. Well, time has passed and I'm more relax now. I've decided yesterday to give it another shot but this time to do it from a totaly different OS point of view and not just an itteration of Windows.

    This time, it took me about ¾ of an hour to understand how the new interface work. A ¼ of an hour later I've found out how to select or close offscreen application via the upper left corner. I also realised that the search option of the right popup menu list by default what was before the content of the start menu. So now I'm using this instead of the classic start menu for those application that I don't want on my start screen. I'm actually starting to get use to Win8 and it took me about 2 hours to really get the hang of it to the point that I can now do the same thing as before at about the same speed and ease of use.

    I do have some thing that annoy the &?%$ out of me yet and it's mostly related to the metro apps. I haven't tried a lot of them but I must be quite unlucky because the few I've tried are a pain to use and buggy. The Twitter app for exemple doesn't extend it's content full width. It end up being a big white page with a squished frame in the middle with scroll bar on the side and bottom as if it was designed for a phone.
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    Well, i dont see how blue can be any hope for windows 8, because from what i read, there is no real changes, that we need, its just another metro updates ...
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    Hi there
    some of this stuff gives the impression of Re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic or of the Emperor Nero fiddling while Rome burned.

    The only thing that will save it is to FIX THE GOxxxMN UI for desktop users and call the whole thing something else -- anything other than Windows 8 or 8.1 or whatever but leave out anything with an '8' in it.

    AND PLEASE Ms fix the Application install process so that when installing standard desktop apps every little .exe file doesn't create a tile on the start screen.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Quote Originally Posted by startas View Post
    Well, i dont see how blue can be any hope for windows 8, because from what i read, there is no real changes, that we need, its just another metro updates ...
    Maybe and maybe not.

    Reller also was asked during a Q&A session about what's behind her own and Larson-Green's recent emphasis on Microsoft being "principled but not stubborn" about expected coming interface changes with Blue. Among those rumored changes are inclusion of an optional Start Button and boot-to-desktop capability.
    Reller said that even though the Windows ecosystem needs to know where Microsoft is going so it can go with the company, the Windows team still needs to listen to its customers and partners about what they want.
    Microsoft confirms Blue to be free for existing Windows 8 users | ZDNet

    Hope they have there hearing aids in. LOL
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    I don't know much about Tami - but from quotes and interviews that I have come across - she seems to be on the ball.

    That doesn't mean 8.1 is going to be any good, though.

    We will have to wait and see.


    Jimbo
    Re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic
    It does rather give that impression. Too early to be sure.

    Jimbo
    call the whole thing something else
    That would be an admission of failure.

    They need to do something about RT, though.
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