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Windows 8 Shows Desktop Will Go the Way of the Dodo

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    Windows 8 Shows Desktop Will Go the Way of the Dodo


    The Desktop in Windows 8 is little more than an afterthought, by design. I've got the evidence that shows why Microsoft hopes to kill it off as soon as it can.

    The first piece of evidence is the most obvious: When you boot into Windows 8, you boot into the Metro interface, not the Desktop. I've nosed around various options, and haven't figured out a way to boot into the Desktop, so even if it's possible, Microsoft has made it very hard to do. (If the last thing you were doing before leaving your PC was use the Desktop, and Windows 8 goes to sleep in the interim, you'll head into the Desktop when you wake it from sleep, of course, because Windows goes to the last app you used before it slept.) If Microsoft wanted to keep the Desktop around for the long term, it would have made it simple to boot into the Desktop.
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    Yeah although it's nice but overall I feel metro start screen is pretty badly designed. Too bad they don't let you boot to desktop instead. That would be more useful for me. The metro start screen feels as cluttered and chunky as the horrible ribbon interface. And they kept saying how there would be a way for you to jut boot to one or the other. But obviously they haven't made it easy to find(if it's even available at all)
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    Well, that's just Windows 8. The concept of Start Screen is to the "Start" launcher, whether an app or a program, and the Desktop to me seems to serve as the Task Switcher. Start a program, switch between programs in Desktop. Start an app, switch between them from the App Switcher on the left side of the screen.
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    Kill the desktop and they kill their corporate business. Result - Goodbye Microsoft. Some people use their laptops/ desktops to actually do some REAL work on, not just play a few app games, listen to music and surf the net in a basic manner.

    Try setting up an Excel spreadsheet on 10 inch tablet with a touchscreen keyboard. I think anyone would find it an horrific experience with the thing held in one hand whilst trying to type with the other.
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    HPDeskjet, but please. I'd like to hear what is harder to do / achieve in windows 8 than in windows 7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kynix View Post
    HPDeskjet, but please. I'd like to hear what is harder to do / achieve in windows 8 than in windows 7
    Its harder for some people (not to a great deal) to do things that you usually do with the old Start Menu and button on the full screen Metro that blocks your view of the Desktop and takes more clicks to search for things if you are a new user or if you are not a tablet fanboy or someone with a touchscreen monitor. It takes an extra learning curve which could be a headache for people working in offices and the enterprise levels who would rather stick to the old traditional way that they feel will get the job done quicker for them. The tastes and preferences of people vary, some like it, some don't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HPDeskjet View Post
    Kill the desktop and they kill their corporate business. Result - Goodbye Microsoft. Some people use their laptops/ desktops to actually do some REAL work on, not just play a few app games, listen to music and surf the net in a basic manner.

    Try setting up an Excel spreadsheet on 10 inch tablet with a touchscreen keyboard. I think anyone would find it an horrific experience with the thing held in one hand whilst trying to type with the other.

    Desktops actually ARE on the way out except for really special purposes --gaming say and servers : BUT :

    Most organisations now are usually supplying LAPTOPS and often there is a BYO policy (Bring Your Own) - especially if you are an external consultant / contractor.

    The other points are valid -- nobody will do even a SIMPLE spread sheet on a Tablet --much less a mobile phone.

    A Powerpoint demo is also well nigh impossible to do on a tablet as well.

    Once you start attaching extra keyboards etc to a tablet -- well it's no longer a tablet is it.

    Case Closed M'lud.
    Next case please. !!!!


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    Why do you need desktop? If it is running in the background, then there isn't a problem! Windows key on Desktop computer brings up most of what you need!
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    I notice that I can't use Internet Explorer 10 in Metro mode to view TED videos. (Haven't tried anything else.) Mind you the videos work when the browser is in Desktop mode. How bizarre!!
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