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Windows 'Blue' will leave Microsoft customers seeing red

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    Windows 'Blue' will leave Microsoft customers seeing red


    Reflecting on my expectations for Microsoft's forthcoming Windows "Blue," I'm reminded of a favorite "Deep Thought" by Jack Handey, from "Saturday Night Live." In this passage, instead of taking his little nephew to Disneyland, Handey takes him to a burned-out warehouse and tells him Disneyland has burned down:
    He cried and cried, but I think that deep down, he thought it was a pretty good joke.
    Is Microsoft playing some kind of trick on us? Forgive the corniness, but the early scoop on Windows "Blue" has this tech analyst seeing red.

    It's the customers, stupid
    Why am I so indignant? I'm not going to say it; instead, I'll let a comment off Paul Thurrott's Windows Supersite about the new features do the talking. There, Grapemanca says:
    But there's got to be much more than this, right? As a Desktop user who runs Win8 with Stardock's Start8 and ModernMix, I'm not sure I can see anything here that I'll even notice. We still can't boot directly to desktop. We still waste an amazing amount of space around the Modern [Metro] UI edges. We still can't see basic functions on a UI that is purportedly a graphic user interface. We still can't resize Modern apps to the dimensions that suit us. We're still forced to use a keyboard to maximize efficiency ... la DOS. We still don't have a brand-new Windows that's maximized for the desktop. Talk about underwhelmed.



    We'll know soon enough if we're being led to Disneyland or a burned-out warehouse. If it's the latter, will it be too late to go back? If Microsoft really wants to show customers that it's listening, it needs to drop the secrecy immediately and spell out the changes it plans to make to address the complaints.
    Otherwise, Microsoft risks making them so angry that by the time the company gives them what they want, they won't care anymore.
    Windows 'Blue' will leave Microsoft customers seeing red | Microsoft Windows - InfoWorld

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    Madrid, Spain
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    I purchased Smart8 long ago but now a days I don't even install it. I got used to the new Start Menu and to me it is faster, all my main programs are either on the taskbar (to the left, old style, in the quick launch bar which I still install and find the best yet) or at two fast clicks away where I dont need any accuracy (left down corner, click, app tile click, done, very fast).
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    Windows 8 Pro w/Media Center, Windows RT


    Quote Originally Posted by kmint View Post
    I purchased Smart8 long ago but now a days I don't even install it. I got used to the new Start Menu and to me it is faster, all my main programs are either on the taskbar (to the left, old style, in the quick launch bar which I still install and find the best yet) or at two fast clicks away where I dont need any accuracy (left down corner, click, app tile click, done, very fast).
    Completely agree. Uninstalled Smart8 some time ago once I'd learned the new start menu. Works good as is, IMO.
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    It's the customers, stupid...
    He's right about that.

    Some forum regulars can't understand it
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    It's the customers, stupid...
    He's right about that.

    Some forum regulars can't understand it
    M$ has customers not after windows blue hits the public I know one for sure that will never be a M$ customer correction make that 2.
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    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    Can an organisation be so blind as to what it's customers want? Or has this become personal, where someone's hobby horse has been rejected by the public and they will not relent? Mea Culpa is not an option.
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    Come on, Ray. You post as if everyone and their mothers dislike 8.
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    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    The only people who I've come across that like the Windows 8 MPI are the few loyalists on this and other tech forums. I have not met one person in real life or on a non-tech forum that has a good word to say about Windows 8.
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    Ray8
    I have not met one person in real life or on a non-tech forum that has a good word to say about Windows 8.

    I haven't either. Although I only know a very few who have had a machine with 8 on it, so the sample size is tiny. None of them are still using it.

    I have been to Selfridges and John Lewis a few times to see if I can get an idea what the feeling is among Joe Public. Again, ( at the times I was there ) very few went near the windows stuff, but of those who did, the impression wasn't good.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I hardly every use the Metro screen, I hardly ever leave the desktop. So I want it as it was. If some people do it from Metro, bully for them, but they ain't me.
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