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  1. #41


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    Quote Originally Posted by BRKING View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    And if half the OS needs the 'cloud' to work, then there's not much point in my even bothering with it.

    Wenda.
    What in the world are you talking about? It seems like 75% of the responders in the 8.1 threads are just trolls.
    Troll? No. Far from it.

    I've used W8 since the early beta days, and am using the retail version now. I've never come on here just to bag 8, as my post history will verify. But there are things about it that I dislike, and I've said so. I've done the same regarding the things I do like.

    But I don't see why I should have to automatically like and approve of every little thing about 8 or 8.1, and not comment adversely on any aspect, in order to avoid being regarded as a troll.

    Did you ever like any OS 100%? I sure haven't, and I've used many over the years. Saying so shouldn't make me a troll.

    @DavidY: You are correct, that was what I meant.


    Wenda.

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  2. #42


    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BRKING View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    And if half the OS needs the 'cloud' to work, then there's not much point in my even bothering with it.

    Wenda.
    What in the world are you talking about? It seems like 75% of the responders in the 8.1 threads are just trolls.
    Troll? No. Far from it.

    I've used W8 since the early beta days, and am using the retail version now. I've never come on here just to bag 8, as my post history will verify. But there are things about it that I dislike, and I've said so. I've done the same regarding the things I do like.

    But I don't see why I should have to automatically like and approve of every little thing about 8 or 8.1, and not comment adversely on any aspect, in order to avoid being regarded as a troll.

    Did you ever like any OS 100%? I sure haven't, and I've used many over the years. Saying so shouldn't make me a troll.

    @DavidY: You are correct, that was what I meant.


    Wenda.
    If what you say is true, that you use and have used all the betas of W8, then you should know that the OS doesn't run half on cloud services.

    He was referring to the photo lock screen using your skydrive photos.

    He just misspoke but even a passive W8 user knows that from using the OS.
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  3. #43


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I think I should honestly consider a career in software UI design..

    There was a video posted from Computex that was showing the Start button and also that you can use the Desktop wallpaper as the Start background so basically when you go from your Desktop to Start, the main thing you will see are the tiles, it's not so much of a separate UI but more like a "background" UI.
    Windows 8.1 Start button finally shown off on video - Neowin

    My God, this was EXACTLY the idea I had, TWO YEARS AGO, when Microsoft first demoed Windows 8. It was quite cool, but I felt that if the Desktop background image was used for Start, maybe even fade it some, it would just be like if the tiles as Microsoft stated, "float" over the Desktop. It doesn't feel like two disparate UIs, but two cohesive ones, one that complements the other and vice versa.

    There was that idea, as well as new Desktop themes. For example, if you had a beachy, Hawaiian theme on the Desktop with the image slideshow and automatic coloring of the windows; the Start Screen would have a watermark type print of tropical flowers with the color matching your Desktop window color.

    Totally off topic by the way.
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  4. #44


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    What is win 8 - what defines it?

    Answer=Metro. Without metro it is just an updated win7.

    Why didn't they release an updated win 7, and a separate tablet/phone os?

    Answer = MS need to get as many as possible into their online stuff as fast as possible.

    An updated win7 will not do that. Metro will - that is why it is on the laptops and not a separate tablet/phone os.

    MS have sold 3 or 4 m tablets ( they will do netter next year ) But, they are expecting to sell 330m pcs this year and about the same next year. That is 600-700m they can "introduce" to their online stuff via metro.

    They have hit a couple of snags :

    1) It seems a lot are not keen to buy the 8 laptop type things.

    2) Of those who get an 8 laptop type thing - many are trying to avoid metro.

    8.1 is intended to fix that.
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  5. #45


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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    What is win 8 - what defines it?

    Answer=Metro. Without metro it is just an updated win7.

    Why didn't they release an updated win 7, and a separate tablet/phone os?

    Answer = MS need to get as many as possible into their online stuff as fast as possible.

    An updated win7 will not do that. Metro will - that is why it is on the laptops and not a separate tablet/phone os.

    MS have sold 3 or 4 m tablets ( they will do netter next year ) But, they are expecting to sell 330m pcs this year and about the same next year. That is 600-700m they can "introduce" to their online stuff via metro.

    They have hit a couple of snags :

    1) It seems a lot are not keen to buy the 8 laptop type things.

    2) Of those who get an 8 laptop type thing - many are trying to avoid metro.

    8.1 is intended to fix that.
    So you can't go into Internet Explorer 10 on the Desktop of 7 and use Bing search, SkyDrive, Outlook.com, Bing News, Bing Weather, and/or Bing Finance websites?

    Who are "those" who get a Windows 8 laptop PC to avoid the Start Screen?
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  6. #46


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    What is win 8 - what defines it?

    Answer=Metro. Without metro it is just an updated win7.

    Why didn't they release an updated win 7, and a separate tablet/phone os?

    Answer = MS need to get as many as possible into their online stuff as fast as possible.

    An updated win7 will not do that. Metro will - that is why it is on the laptops and not a separate tablet/phone os.

    MS have sold 3 or 4 m tablets ( they will do netter next year ) But, they are expecting to sell 330m pcs this year and about the same next year. That is 600-700m they can "introduce" to their online stuff via metro.

    They have hit a couple of snags :

    1) It seems a lot are not keen to buy the 8 laptop type things.

    2) Of those who get an 8 laptop type thing - many are trying to avoid metro.

    8.1 is intended to fix that.
    So you can't go into Internet Explorer 10 on the Desktop of 7 and use Bing search, SkyDrive, Outlook.com, Bing News, Bing Weather, and/or Bing Finance websites?

    Who are "those" who get a Windows 8 laptop PC to avoid the Start Screen?
    I got a Windows 8 computer and I avoid the start screen. Bought wife a touch screen laptop with 8 and she avoids start screen. I've deployed 6 Windows 8 computers at work and 5 of the users avoid the start screen.
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  7. #47


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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    What is win 8 - what defines it?

    Answer=Metro. Without metro it is just an updated win7.

    Why didn't they release an updated win 7, and a separate tablet/phone os?

    Answer = MS need to get as many as possible into their online stuff as fast as possible.

    An updated win7 will not do that. Metro will - that is why it is on the laptops and not a separate tablet/phone os.

    MS have sold 3 or 4 m tablets ( they will do netter next year ) But, they are expecting to sell 330m pcs this year and about the same next year. That is 600-700m they can "introduce" to their online stuff via metro.

    They have hit a couple of snags :

    1) It seems a lot are not keen to buy the 8 laptop type things.

    2) Of those who get an 8 laptop type thing - many are trying to avoid metro.

    8.1 is intended to fix that.
    So you can't go into Internet Explorer 10 on the Desktop of 7 and use Bing search, SkyDrive, Outlook.com, Bing News, Bing Weather, and/or Bing Finance websites?

    Who are "those" who get a Windows 8 laptop PC to avoid the Start Screen?
    I got a Windows 8 computer and I avoid the start screen. Bought wife a touch screen laptop with 8 and she avoids start screen. I've deployed 6 Windows 8 computers at work and 5 of the users avoid the start screen.
    I have a desktop I use the Start Screen constantly. In the past year and a half, I have deployed Windows 8 from either Developer, Consumer, Release, or RTM preview on 14 PCs used by about 20 people altogether. No one has come to me and said they don't want/like the Start Screen and want to revert back to 7. NOT A SINGLE PERSON. Three have gone from Windows xp to 8, all the rest from 7 to 8. When I ask them about Windows 8 to poke and prod them about it to gain a perspective of the typical PC user, all they have to say is that they're content with it and a few have said they really do love it.

    I'm currently getting a work friend to go onto Windows 8 from 7, her computer "tech" that she knows says that 8 will slow her computer down and it's too hard to understand. To that I say posh and question that person's merits.

    All PCs with Windows 8 have been deployed with Decor8 or a similar customizer tool for that version installed. All PCs customized with appropriate items on the Start Screen, apps either removed, installed, as well as appropriate program defaults. All users shown in about 15-30 minutes everything new to Windows 8, app navigation/searching/closing, pinning and unpinning, the Charms bar, and PC Settings.

    I do not install vanilla Windows 8 (or 7 for that matter) unlike some who unfortunately do.
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  8. #48


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    Good for you then. It does not change anything in my previous post.
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  9. #49


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I have a desktop I use the Start Screen constantly.
    Ok then, that's you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    No one has come to me and said they don't want/like the Start Screen and want to revert back to 7. NOT A SINGLE PERSON.
    Well, our experiences are different. I don't have people asking me to go back to 7, but i've had numerous people say "um, do I have to use this.....or can I just have it the way that I used to have it"? The people I work with have been quite relieved when i install Classic Shell and set their machine to boot to the desktop.

    While I have no reason to think you are just lying to us, obviously if EVERY SINGLE PERSON wanted the start screen, then Windows 8 would be a smashing success and Microsoft wouldn't be caving in and potentially giving people a boot to desktop option in Windows 8.1

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Three have gone from Windows xp to 8, all the rest from 7 to 8. When I ask them about Windows 8 to poke and prod them about it to gain a perspective of the typical PC user, all they have to say is that they're content with it and a few have said they really do love it.
    Those that are "content", to me don't sound blown away. I'm content with Windows 8 too with the start screen, but I actually really like it when I don't see the start screen and I boot straight to the desktop.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I'm currently getting a work friend to go onto Windows 8 from 7, her computer "tech" that she knows says that 8 will slow her computer down and it's too hard to understand. To that I say posh and question that person's merits.
    It likely won't slow down her computer, but some people do find change hard. I've seen quite a number of people confused and stuck in Windows 8 apps. Unable to print from an App because they don't go to the Devices tab in the charms bar, plenty have opened metro apps then gone to the desktop and were surprised to not find the running app on the taskbar.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    All users shown in about 15-30 minutes everything new to Windows 8, app navigation/searching/closing, pinning and unpinning, the Charms bar, and PC Settings.
    Most haven't had to learn that much since going to Windows 95. 98 was similar, ME was similar, 2000 was similar, XP was similar, Vista was similar, Windows 7 was similiar...Windows 8 is different. No doubt some people can be taught, and the reason it takes teaching is because it is NOT INTUITIVE. Without a hand holding people won't figure this crap out on their own.
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  10. #50


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    it's funny how people are scared of the cloud.

    email is essentially cloud computing. so is Dropbox. so is Facebook. so is Google's suite of software.
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