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Microsoft is bringing the Start Menu back

  1. #41


    St. Augustine
    Posts : 388
    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64


    I think MS wants to demonstrate a willingness to give customers what they want but in the background I think what they really want is to gradually move to a subscription service for Operating Systems just like some of their other products and other software vendors like the AV/Malware vendors and Malwarebytes who has just recently changed their business model to a subscription service.

    Cloud Based OS's

    I also think that at some point in the future (may be a while) the full OS will not reside at the local device level but on a Cloud Server which could give individual users a lot of flexibility. I think this is already happening with the big emphasis on Apps where the entire complex program will not reside on the local device.

    Things are going to change and I believe that is a certainty, we just don't know how and how fast.

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  2. #42


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Windows 8 becomes more and more questionable. Since my goverment recommeds not to use it I really wonder what direction this is going.

    In any case, it is probably recommended not to go on the internet with 8 or 8.1 - probably more exposed than using XP. I recommend to use a Linux virtual system or Linux on a stick to deal with the internet. For normal office work without internet and the updates, 8.1 is probably OK.
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  3. #43


    Somewhere in USA
    Posts : 233
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I personally don't GAF about the start screen.

    As long as devs hurry up and build universal apps, they could have rows of pictures of crap in columns for all I care.
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  4. #44


    Posts : 61
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    Well I never had Windows 8, I started with 8.1 on a new build back in Dec.
    I have it booting to desktop, and most my regular used programs pinned to the taskbar. Initially I really missed the " all programs" menu, but as time goes on I guess I miss it less.
    I do occasionally go to the metro apps screen and run some stuff from there as well.

    I have gotten used to it fairly well and have been very pleased with my decision to go with 8.1 on my new build.
    I admit though, looking forward to some more of the traditional stuff coming back with the upcoming update, namely the X to close option on the metro apps.
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  5. #45


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    I running the update now and it is nice to see the X at the top of the metro apps ,and the shutdown and reboot icon on the start screen ,even if I don't use them very often
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  6. #46


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by gator2013 View Post
    I think MS wants to demonstrate a willingness to give customers what they want but in the background I think what they really want is to gradually move to a subscription service for Operating Systems just like some of their other products and other software vendors like the AV/Malware vendors and Malwarebytes who has just recently changed their business model to a subscription service.

    Cloud Based OS's

    I also think that at some point in the future (may be a while) the full OS will not reside at the local device level but on a Cloud Server which could give individual users a lot of flexibility. I think this is already happening with the big emphasis on Apps where the entire complex program will not reside on the local device.

    Things are going to change and I believe that is a certainty, we just don't know how and how fast.
    A total cloud based OS is too far ahead of the future. We don't even have fiber optic internet service everywhere in the US, let alone decent and fast speeds to begin with. A LOT needs to be done before that can happen.
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  7. #47


    Quote Originally Posted by labeeman View Post
    The upcoming Windows 8.1 update will have a slew of nice-to-have updates that make the operating system better to use with mouse and keyboard. But it will be missing a new Start Menu that Microsoft is promising will some day appear. Why wait, Microsoft? I want it now!

    Even before Windows 8 officially shipped in October, 2012 there were countless complaints that the company had killed the Start Menu. Many, many months before the release, testers of various pre-release versions (including me) asked that it be brought back. So it's not as if Microsoft hasn't known for a long time -- well over two years -- that users were demanding that the company restore one of Windows' most useful features.
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    And please make it an option only. I don't want it.
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  8. #48


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there.

    I'm certainly not interested in a Cloud OS - which would probably sneak in the dreaded subscription system by the back door.

    Hedging my bets here so :

    Using Linux more and More now - you can customize menus etc any which way you choose. The system will take care of nearly everything I want to do. Ms fails to deliver or hoses it up totally then my Linux system will be fine and I can say to Ms - that's it - don't need you any more.


    the latest three programs I've managed to find where I don't need Windows any more for now are :

    Handbrake Video transcoding program

    Calibre e-book management -- WITH the DE-DRM plug in for de-drm'ing Kindle books so I can convert to epub and read in my Sony e-reader

    Logitech Media server - streams all my music to hardware over the house

    Now all I need now is Photoshop CS6 (don't say the GIMP -- it's good but not a patch on Photoshop) and OFFICE .
    (Libre office still isn't OK for me just yet - I'm an EXCEL power user).
    WINE apparently runs Photoshop CS6 about 90% -- will test that one out soon.

    Ms Office is still the one I will have mega problems doing without - and I'll still need windows for connecting to some corporate IT systems like SAP but running as a VM is fine.

    (Example shown on Linux Mint 16 - petra with KDE desktop).

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  9. #49


    Posts : 23
    Windows 8.1 pro with Media center

    Microsoft Will Soon Bring Back The Start Menu In Windows 8


    Microsoft Will Soon Bring Back The Start Menu In Windows 8.1

    More on this here
    Code:
    http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/02/microsoft-will-soon-bring-back-the-start-menu-in-windows-8-1/
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    Lievre
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  10. #50


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by gator2013 View Post
    I think MS wants to demonstrate a willingness to give customers what they want but in the background I think what they really want is to gradually move to a subscription service for Operating Systems just like some of their other products and other software vendors like the AV/Malware vendors and Malwarebytes who has just recently changed their business model to a subscription service.

    Cloud Based OS's

    I also think that at some point in the future (may be a while) the full OS will not reside at the local device level but on a Cloud Server which could give individual users a lot of flexibility. I think this is already happening with the big emphasis on Apps where the entire complex program will not reside on the local device.

    Things are going to change and I believe that is a certainty, we just don't know how and how fast.
    A total cloud based OS is too far ahead of the future. We don't even have fiber optic internet service everywhere in the US, let alone decent and fast speeds to begin with. A LOT needs to be done before that can happen.
    How about the Chromebooks, don't they work that way.
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