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Windows Videos: First look at Windows 8.1

  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by musiclover7 View Post
    I will chime in here as well. So far, 8.1 looks very promising! I also noticed that some of the icons that look generic and not so good now, like word and powerpoint, seemed to be bigger and easier to find, which for me stands to make the start screen a lot more use-able.
    You realize they are just showing the new smaller size. Right? Icons can be made larger. Geesh.

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  2. #12


    Thanks for posting that, Kari.

    Great new features. I'm definitely lQQking looking forward to it.
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  3. #13


    South Coast NSW, Australia
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    Well, there's nothing there that excites me much apart from the small tiles, which i do like.
    And if half the OS needs the 'cloud' to work, then there's not much point in my even bothering with it.

    Wenda.
    Last edited by Wenda; 06 Jun 2013 at 07:30.
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  4. #14


    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    Well, there's nothing there that excites me much apart from the small tiles, which i do like.
    And if half the OS needs the 'cloud' to work, then there's not much point in my even bothering with it.

    Wenda.
    Which half needs the cloud to work? Granted,I am not a cloud hater. I see it more as an optional value add, for those who need their data on multiple devices from anywhere at any time. Sometimes that benefits me greatly.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I think that all depends on your definition of "The cloud". You don't have to use Skydrive and you can log in with a local account. You'll likely lose store access and live tiles may not work but if you don't use metro its not going to bother you all that much.
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    Judging by the comments under the vid, they don't seemed to have fooled many folks.
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  7. #17


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    This update won't change anything for those that flat out don't like Metro.
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  8. #18


    USA
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    I like what I see. And though I don't use the Start/Metro screen all that much, the changes may make me use it more.

    Not really a Bing fan, but must say I like the way the new search feature works. Looks like I'll be suing that a lot.

    My initial thought was to replace 8 with 7 when I got my laptop (non-touch) but once I got to playing with it, it turned out not to be so bad (for me). In fact, I rather like it.

    That said, I still haven't converted my main system to 8 yet, but if 8.1 really improves upon what 8 is now, I may make the move.

    I really can't wait to see what 8.1 (aka Blue) does.
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  9. #19


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Which half needs the cloud to work? Granted,I am not a cloud hater. I see it more as an optional value add, for those who need their data on multiple devices from anywhere at any time. Sometimes that benefits me greatly.
    The file/data stored you speak of is very convenient if one chooses to do so, especially now that we have multiple devices as you stated. A marriage of the Internet and an OS. Nothing new really.

    Although I know she could speak for herself, I think Wenda may be speaking of the Modern/Metro Store apps. Live tiles or when opened they need to refresh with current data similar to some web pages. e.g. We can refresh page is on this forum as I'm sure you well know.

    I know some state that one may as well open a website, but one nice feature about the apps I like is that I'm not surfing the Web where I'm prone to viruses.

    I've been Microsoft Live almost since inception starting with Hotmail. I've seen the MS Cloud grow through the years. I've always found it very convenient. I find it very convenient to sign in to my PC with my MS account in 8. Rather ingenious to me. No matter where I go within the MS domain I'm signed in automatically, although on some sites it'll ask me for a password, which is understandable obviously for security reasons. Emails, contacts, favorites, and whatever I choose is all stored and backed up free of charge.

    To those who think this is lure for all to bite on, well, yes it is. This is a trend that they're all doing. A marketing tactic if you will. Do I feel pressured or trapped? No, I could drop it at any time to go elsewhere or not use MS at all, or anyone for that matter.

    I also have a Google account since I have a Droid phone. All backed up neatly in the Google Cloud. That'll be changing once I get a Windows Phone 8. I'll be a 100% MS fanboy. I'm simply not a fan of the Google boys, they're corporation, or their tactics. I'm okay with Apple, but find their products too expensive for what one gets.

    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I think that all depends on your definition of "The cloud". You don't have to use Skydrive and you can log in with a local account. You'll likely lose store access and live tiles may not work but if you don't use metro its not going to bother you all that much.
    Well stated. As long as we have the option of a local account and the OS is native to the device all will be well. MS Is not forcing anything to anyone. Luring perhaps, but not forcing.

    Anyone that doesn't like Metro > Use a local account, unpin the Store app (from what I gather one cannot uninstall it), uninstall all the Store apps, pin whatever you want to the Start Screen or use a 3rd party program to remove it completely.
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  10. #20


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    This update won't change anything for those that flat out don't like Metro.
    We already know that some users do not like the existence of the Start Screen, however easy it is to totally bypass and never see again.

    For these users I can only say that I still fail to understand why a built-in feature which takes no resources when not used, can be totally bypassed, which you must never see and use if you don't want to and which in absolutely no way affects your computer usage if you so choose remains a problem?
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