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    The one big fix that could save Windows 8


    Microsoft Windows 8 has confused users and disappointed the PC industry. Windows chief Tami Reller all-but-admitted it last week. But, she also foreshadowed that help is on the way in Windows Blue. She confirmed that this Windows 8 update—which has now officially been dubbed Windows 8.1—will be previewed for users this summer and will go live in the fall.While it's rumored that the Blue update will reinstate the much-missed Start menu and allow users to boot into the Desktop Mode, it's highly unlikely Microsoft will do the one thing that would best fix Windows 8: Separate the desktop and tablet versions. That would require a surgery equivalent of separating conjoined twins, but it would have a powerful effect on both Microsoft's upstart tablet business and its traditional desktop base.
    In the comments to the TechRepublic poll mentioned above, user PeterM42, an IT consultant in Great Britain, summed up the attitude that pervaded many of the Windows 8 naysayers when he wrote, "Windows 8 on the desktop will not take off until the Metro 'toy' interface becomes an option as provided by the superb 'Classic Shell' software (or gets ditched altogether). Corporates [sic] do not want to pay the MASSIVE bill for retraining users to use something which basically is rubbish."
    The one big fix that could save Windows 8 | ZDNet

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    LOL:

    PeterM42, an IT consultant in Great Britain, summed up the attitude

    "Windows 8 on the desktop will not take off until the Metro 'toy' interface becomes an option as provided by the superb 'Classic Shell' software (or gets ditched altogether). Corporates [sic] do not want to pay the MASSIVE bill for retraining users to use something which basically is rubbish."
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    I don't imagine they will make a desktop os and a separate phone/tablet in the sense the author suggests.

    Metro is important to MS. It is the only way they can see to push users into their services - that is where they see their future revenue stream.They think the live tile things are their way into byod.

    They might switch the emphasis on 8 to desktop with metro added.

    They might also dump the desktop from the rt offerings. It is only needed for Office. If they decide it isn't the draw they imagined - they may save the cost and dump it from rt.

    That might look somewhat similar to having 2 different os.

    In fact, it will still be an all out metro assault on the public, with a bit of camouflage.
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    You know I'm a big desktop fan and desktop PC user....but the fact remains...that this is going to be the future of the OS's. It's in it's infancy stage right now....if one could look past their personal perception of it and try to see what MS see's and is betting on for the future of computer OS and how eventually all devices will seamlessly interface with each other is mind boggling to say the least. Who knows what the next decade will bring but I'm certainly curious about it.
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    In the comments to the TechRepublic poll mentioned above, user PeterM42, an IT consultant in Great Britain, summed up the attitude that pervaded many of the Windows 8 naysayers when he wrote, "Windows 8 on the desktop will not take off until the Metro 'toy' interface becomes an option as provided by the superb 'Classic Shell' software (or gets ditched altogether). Corporates [sic] do not want to pay the MASSIVE bill for retraining users to use something which basically is rubbish."
    Surely Enterprise would just remove all the Metro Apps before deployment when creating the OS image. Then the only training the end user would need is to know to press the Windows Key to find/launch the programs the company has put on their computer.
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    Metro apps screen will look ridiculous in a corporate setting. Unless you are probably working in companies like Google or Apple, they are ok. Otherwise, it looks like a complete joke.
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    I don't get what's so difficult about removing the apps, disabling access to the Windows Store, pinning Desktop items to Start and making a custom image with that? To say THAT is difficult to learn is just unthinkable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bassfisher6522 View Post
    You know I'm a big desktop fan and desktop PC user....but the fact remains...that this is going to be the future of the OS's. It's in it's infancy stage right now....if one could look past their personal perception of it and try to see what MS see's and is betting on for the future of computer OS and how eventually all devices will seamlessly interface with each other is mind boggling to say the least. Who knows what the next decade will bring but I'm certainly curious about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bassfisher6522 View Post
    You know I'm a big desktop fan and desktop PC user....but the fact remains...that this is going to be the future of the OS's. It's in it's infancy stage right now....if one could look past their personal perception of it and try to see what MS see's and is betting on for the future of computer OS and how eventually all devices will seamlessly interface with each other is mind boggling to say the least. Who knows what the next decade will bring but I'm certainly curious about it.
    The interface of an OS does not have to look the same across all devices just so that certain aspects can interface seamlessly. A mobile phone has an entirely different function to a desktop PC, even if a mobile phone has a relatively powerful processor etc. The larger the device screen becomes, the more ridiculous the mobile phone interface becomes, taking up the entire screen for even the most simple function.

    This is not the future, other than some weird, drug induced future that's currently doing the rounds of Microsoft. If Microsoft had had a plan, then it would have been far better implemented than it has; they would not be playing catch up and fix it games like they are right now. Microsoft has basically put wheels on a fish and think they have now created the future of flight.
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    Goodbye, Lotus 1-2-3

    Goodbye, Lotus 1-2-3 | ZDNet

    If M$ does not please its customer base it will go the way of Lotus 1-2-3.
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