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What problem does Windows 8 solve?

  1. #21


    Posts : 993
    Windows 8 pro Retail


    Quote Originally Posted by BarnabasSackett View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lonewolf View Post
    I remember a Operating System named Windows X.
    Wasn't that X Windows?
    Right X Windows

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  2. #22


    New Mexico, USA
    Posts : 12
    Windows 7 x64 / Windows 8 Consumer Preview


    Funny how on Android this change is called a "Launcher" and costs less than $5.00....Not sure what Microsoft is thinking when they add a launcher and convince themselves that it justifies more than $100 upgrade cost per PC. Windows 7 is a great OS and I for one cannot really see any reason to pay to upgrade at this point. As someone else posted this release fixes........A Microsoft revenue problem and position's them to play in the tablet market.....not sure why we should pay for that but, to each their own. I for one will be watching for a long....long time before I spring for an upgrade from Windows 7.....I suspect that Business will take a skip on this iteration of Windows and opt for Windows 9 next (skip every other version).Xp -> skip Vista -> Win7 -> Skip 8 -> yup......next upgrade Windows 9.
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  3. #23


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    You are probably right - unless they surprise us.
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  4. #24


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by ThaiAm View Post
    Technology in hardware demands newer updates to take advantage of what is already built in to most computers. So rather that look at what problems it solves seems more to the point that hardware demands new software and any company that does not recognize that is in trouble. If in the process of building software to utilize the hardware advances happens to require less memory to run ( when I boot Windows 7 it uses 2232 meg of memory and less than 1000 when I boot Windows 8 developer) then so much the better for users.

    I can't imagine a computer world where stop developing is even remotely considered.
    I can imagine a computer world where stop developing is considered: apple.
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  5. #25


    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post

    Not everyone sees a need to own a PC though (my parents don't).
    I would argue that no one needs a PC, it isn't an essential for life like clean water.

    If you've never been shown how to use a PC OS, you aren't going to know the "tricks".
    Maybe it is just the way that I'm wired. I like to know how things that I buy work. When I get a new camera I sit down and read the manual and fiddle with the controls to get a feel for what it does. The same is true for phone, stereo, car, etc..

    I'm old enough to remember when computers came with manuals. I read the MS-DOS manual from cover to cover. Long, long time ago, I had a conversation with someone at Microsquash about the vanishing manuals and they said that manuals were expensive and no one read them.[/quote]


    Also MS doesn't make it easy to find out what features are available and they are unable to explain their operation anyway.
    True. There are so many "hidden things" in Windows anymore that it isn't funny. I've been beating around the PC world since MS-DOS 2 and I was an assembly language programmer but if it wasn't for the internet, I would be blundering about in the current version of Windows unable to get my compute to boot.

    I only recently discovered that "Ctrl + Shift + N" creates a new folder in Windows Explorer (just like it does in Nautilus).
    When was that introduced?
    That's a new one on me. I think. I'm getting old enough that I no longer remember what I've forgotten.

    Various "improvements" in Windows 7 haven't helped either.
    For example, the way that Windows 7 completely ignores the "Read-only" file attribute.
    I had noticed that but that I must have doing something wrong.

    Remember the menu shortcut key underlines?
    There doesn't seem to be a simple way to make them stay displayed anymore.
    Windows 8 will just make things worse, because "everything you know is wrong" now.
    Been there before.

    I'm going to shut up now or I'll start ranting like a crazy old guy.
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  6. #26


    Adelaide
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)

    Grumpy Old Guys


    Quote Originally Posted by BarnabasSackett View Post
    I'm old enough to remember when computers came with manuals. I read the MS-DOS manual from cover to cover. Long, long time ago, I had a conversation with someone at Microsquash about the vanishing manuals and they said that manuals were expensive and no one read them.
    Me too.

    Quote Originally Posted by BarnabasSackett View Post
    I'm going to shut up now or I'll start ranting like a crazy old guy.
    Us "grumpy old guys" have to stand up to the "young whippersnappers".
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  7. #27


    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BarnabasSackett View Post
    I'm old enough to remember when computers came with manuals. I read the MS-DOS manual from cover to cover. Long, long time ago, I had a conversation with someone at Microsquash about the vanishing manuals and they said that manuals were expensive and no one read them.
    Me too.

    Quote Originally Posted by BarnabasSackett View Post
    I'm going to shut up now or I'll start ranting like a crazy old guy.
    Us "grumpy old guys" have to stand up to the "young whippersnappers".
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  8. #28


    Posts : 993
    Windows 8 pro Retail


    Same here!!!
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  9. #29


    Posts : 10
    Windows 7, 8 Preview


    Quote Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
    The problem that Windows 8 solves is Microsoft's. If current desktop PCs and laptops become niche market devices, supplanted for most users by mobile devices that interface to the Cloud, the current MS business model could be in serious trouble.

    I'm not predicting that we'll all be using iPhones and iPads or their Android equivalents in five years. However, I recall the highly successful minicomputer makers of the 1980s (DEC, Wang, Prime, Data General). Rather than adapt to market changes, they went extinct. My guess is that MS is positioning the company so that they'll maintain their near monopoly in computing, even if computing means something quite different from what it meant in 2010. I wouldn't care to bet against MS: I recall how they recovered from failing to foresee the growth of the Web. (Anyone used the Netscape browser lately?)
    A lot of people are missing that point. MS has to keep up with the market trend now. They don't set it anymore. There is no doubt they are starting the process to unify the desktop and mobile platforms--Just as Apple has and Android must too.
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  10. #30


    Posts : 92
    Windows 10 (64 bit)


    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lonewolf View Post
    Problems that Windows 8 will solve? hmmmmmmmmm...WELL to alot of us, it will solve what to do till Windows 9 comes out.
    IF there is a Windows 9. For some REASON, unbeknownst to me, I have a feeling the following up to Windows 8 will be Windows X
    (Can they use that as a naming convention? I remember a Operating System named Windows X). Then again it is Microsoft.
    Maybe the should call it WindeX and but the naming rights from the manufacturer of the glass cleaner!

    The only cool feature I found is the Windows app store (where Microsoft makes 25% on the sales).
    The other feature some techies may like is now the performance numbers goes up to 9.9 so now techies have a new challenge - to get all 9.9s.

    Unless Microsoft offers this at a really cheap price I see no reason to upgrade from Windows 7 since I really don't like the Metro interface on a PC.
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