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Everything You Need To Know About Windows 8.1

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    Everything You Need To Know About Windows 8.1


    Courtesy of Beta News/Wayne Williams:

    Most memorable part for me at least:

    A Start Button
    Microsoft hasn’t yet confirmed the return of the Start button in Windows 8.1 and there’s been no sign of it in any of the leaked builds. There have been lots of rumors about it though, with some people claiming it will be a traditional Start button with a Start menu, and others just that it will be there purely to open the Start screen.
    In an interview with The Verge last week, Tami Reller, Windows division CFO, admitted Microsoft was aware of the outcry for a Start button. "We have heard that, we definitely have heard that and taken that into account," she said, before adding: "We've really also tried to understand what people are really asking for when they're asking for that".

    Oh dear. Has Microsoft really not grasped what people have been requesting since before Windows 8 even launched? A Start button, Tami, with a Start menu attached.
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    If that's all that we need to know, then this is a minor update with slight changes and a lot of noise.
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    Yes indeed.
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    Nice list of good changes. We don't need no stinking Start Button for it has a Start Rectangle. It's the miniature rectangular Start Screen in the lower left hot corner, which takes one back to the Start Screen, which is the equivalent of the WinKey just as in past OSs. The Start Screen is a much better personalized menu system.

    This is very well stated:

    Unlike a can of soda, a computer operating system offers different experiences to different customers to meet different needs, while still moving the entire industry toward an exciting future of touch, mobility, and seamless, cross-device experiences.

    We are going to keep improving Windows 8, as we do with all our products, making what’s good even better. There will be new devices, new use cases, new data that makes us think, "Hey, we should do more of this, or less of that". And we will. There will be people who agree, strongly. There will be those who disagree, equally strongly. All good, all expected.
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    Microsoft still doesn't get it. A can of soda does offer different experiences to different customers. One can drink it straight out of the can, pour it into a glass, mix if with other drinks and maybe even use it for cooking. However, the experience of opening and pouring out the soda is consistent with what has come before; you hold the can in one hand, pull the ring tab with the other and have access to the contents. It's something developed and improved over the years, yet retains the same familiar operating procedure.
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    "We've really also tried to understand what people are really asking for when they're asking for that".
    I am sure they do get it. Tami is not daft.

    They got it before releasing 8. I don't think they expected as much difficulty from the customers.

    Tami might mean they are trying a find a way not to repel the potential customers, while still pushing for what MS want.

    It is also possible they have already decided to do the sensible thing, but are keeping it as a surprise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    "We've really also tried to understand what people are really asking for when they're asking for that".
    I am sure they do get it. Tami is not daft.

    They got it before releasing 8. I don't think they expected as much difficulty from the customers.

    Tami might mean they are trying a find a way not to repel the potential customers, while still pushing for what MS want.

    It is also possible they have already decided to do the sensible thing, but are keeping it as a surprise.
    I would like to believe you but I think M$ would like the bad press to stop as soon as possible. I think the surprise is that they will leave metro almost as it is with very little changes and try to break the Shell programs.
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    MS can either say :

    1) Now we have had the chance to hear the customers, we are trying to figure out how to give them what they want.

    Or

    2) We always knew what the customers wanted, but we thought we could force something else on them.


    Three guesses which is the better PR to put out now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    MS can either say :

    1) Now we have had the chance to hear the customers, we are trying to figure out how to give them what they want.

    Or

    2) We always knew what the customers wanted, but we thought we could force something else on them.


    Three guesses which is the better PR to put out now.
    I am not going to hold my breath on #1.
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    Or

    3) The customer is not always right and we're here to prove it.
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