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  1. #51


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    windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    Austin, I agree with you 100%. Now, Win7 is not going anywhere, it will be around for at least seven more years, at least.
    Considering that XP is still alive that must be true

    The gadgets for Win7 are far more efficient than the stupid (and I would like to emphasize stupid) full screen apps of Win8.
    And I do bvelieve that some developers will keep createting gadgets for Windows 8 desktop
    Really? Where do you hear this? First of all, the desktop is that of Win7 (no major changes have occured there, apart from making it more difficult to get access to). Microsoft, in its web site, indicates that it would discourage this. You should read it.

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  2. #52


    Posts : 162
    windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post

    One opinion out of many. Here, a forum dedicated for a new Windows OS that was up and running long before an alpha build of 8 was out, hosts many people that like it or hate it. But overall, the feeling is more passive, not resistive. I'd like to discuss Windows 8 and the potential of what a new interface can do.
    You already know what the "new" interface can do. It can run full screen Metro-style apps. It can do nothing else. This is not going to change.

    By the way, the "Metro-style" interface is not new...not by a long shot. It was for years in "Windows Media" and then in Zune. There is nothing new about it. It has never ignited anybody's interest.

    If you want to be passive, this is, of course, your choice. You do not have to "eat" what Microsoft dishes out, you know.
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  3. #53


    Yep still plodding along with it.

    That and other operating systems. I hate to sound old school but I prefer XP "still" on a system with low memory and low end CPU. Millions of workstations can't be wrong.

    That opinion's not going to change until the final farewell XP update.
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  4. #54


    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Simply put. . .yes.
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  5. #55


    Posts : 162
    windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by gdm40 View Post
    Yep still plodding along with it.

    That and other operating systems. I hate to sound old school but I prefer XP "still" on a system with low memory and low end CPU. Millions of workstations can't be wrong.

    That opinion's not going to change until the final farewell XP update.
    I found that Win7 runs acceptably well in underpowered systems, about as well as WinXP. One may not want to spend the extra money, but the security considerations make it worth it.
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  6. #56


    Posts : 288
    Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows Developer Preview, Linux Mint 9


    Quote Originally Posted by ADRz View Post
    The gadgets for Win7 are far more efficient than the stupid (and I would like to emphasize stupid) full screen apps of Win8.
    And I do bvelieve that some developers will keep createting gadgets for Windows 8 desktop
    Quote Originally Posted by ADRz View Post
    Really? Where do you hear this? First of all, the desktop is that of Win7 (no major changes have occured there, apart from making it more difficult to get access to). Microsoft, in its web site, indicates that it would discourage this. You should read it.
    Well, there are third party sites that still release new versions of their desktop gadgets after some time and I still check for them occasionally. Desktop gadgets are usable on Vista, Windows 7 and the WDP. One of the most famous gadgets is All CPU Meter, still displayed on Microsoft's personalization site can be downloaded on its own website as well as some other gadgets of the same company. I still use Calendar, Clock and All CPU Meter on Windows 7 and WDP.
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  7. #57


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I honestly don't think the Desktop Gadgets are heavily used. Originally, it was supposed to be a genuine Sidebar, much like in Windows 8, where you hover the mouse pointer to the right side of the screen, and the Taskbar's Sidekick slides out and you'd have a clock gadget, weather, Windows Live IM, and the likes. But vista killed that for little awkward gadgets that fill up a section, or a full side of the Desktop. I find it looks awkward to see one little system gadget hanging out on a Desktop. I personally use them for Windows 7, but I hardly see usage anywhere else. It's not used in enterprise setups, it's not advertised as a feature in many electronics stores like best buy, and it's not even adverted by Microsoft in general.

    But speaking of past days with a sidekick for the taskbar, I was contemplating this and the current sidebar in Windows 8 is plenty large enough to host at least four large metro app tiles. I would like to see that as a feature for 8. One would hover the mouse pointer over the right hand (or where ever) and see some apps one has pinned on there. You'd get a live weather update, a decent pandora app pinned, maybe a picture app, and be able to launch those apps from that Sidebar without going to the Start Screen.
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  8. #58


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I honestly don't think the Desktop Gadgets are heavily used. Originally, it was supposed to be a genuine Sidebar, much like in Windows 8, where you hover the mouse pointer to the right side of the screen, and the Taskbar's Sidekick slides out and you'd have a clock gadget, weather, Windows Live IM, and the likes. But vista killed that for little awkward gadgets that fill up a section, or a full side of the Desktop. I find it looks awkward to see one little system gadget hanging out on a Desktop. I personally use them for Windows 7, but I hardly see usage anywhere else. It's not used in enterprise setups, it's not advertised as a feature in many electronics stores like best buy, and it's not even adverted by Microsoft in general.

    But speaking of past days with a sidekick for the taskbar, I was contemplating this and the current sidebar in Windows 8 is plenty large enough to host at least four large metro app tiles. I would like to see that as a feature for 8. One would hover the mouse pointer over the right hand (or where ever) and see some apps one has pinned on there. You'd get a live weather update, a decent pandora app pinned, maybe a picture app, and be able to launch those apps from that Sidebar without going to the Start Screen.
    That would have some real potential for app developers to be able to have more information shown on a tile than just the Start Screen.
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  9. #59


    Posts : 288
    Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows Developer Preview, Linux Mint 9


    From what I have seen on my part, I know many of my mates use Desktop gadgets like Calendar and Clock even on their notebooks with small screens really. They could have the Clock gadget even display their names which is fun and I would expect power users to use the All CPU Meter like I do. And there's even a fun and simple Desktop gadget called Piano which is much less of a hassle than the Piano app you see on the WDP's Metro. I suggest you guys try that. One of my closest mates, recently got his new Toshiba netbook and it even has a Desktop gadget that acts like a Wifi radar which is looking great for us.

    If I am not wrong, I think they call that new bar on the side of Windows 8's desktop the "Charms Bar" but from what I saw, I think it only displays the same four functions that you see when you click at the left bottom side of the Windows 8 Start Button. You get Settings, Devices, Share and Search and it doesn't have yet the ability to have Metro app tiles pinned on it.
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  10. #60


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Vertex View Post
    From what I have seen on my part, I know many of my mates use Desktop gadgets like Calendar and Clock even on their notebooks with small screens really. They could have the Clock gadget even display their names which is fun and I would expect power users to use the All CPU Meter like I do. And there's even a fun and simple Desktop gadget called Piano which is much less of a hassle than the Piano app you see on the WDP's Metro. I suggest you guys try that. One of my closest mates, recently got his new Toshiba netbook and it even has a Desktop gadget that acts like a Wifi radar which is looking great for us.

    If I am not wrong, I think they call that new bar on the side of Windows 8's desktop the "Charms Bar" but from what I saw, I think it only displays the same four functions that you see when you click at the left bottom side of the Windows 8 Start Button. You get Settings, Devices, Share and Search and it doesn't have yet the ability to have Metro app tiles pinned on it.
    Hmm.....

    The Charms Bar are the four little different icons above the Start icon, the sidebar is what opens up when you select one of those charms. But no, apps can't be pinned onto it, which is a shame, because a concept of days far gone from Windows Longhorn could come back, almost ten years later.
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