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Can the new Windows 8.1 bring back users?

  1. #51


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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by LittleJay View Post
    It was not designed for PCs that are operated with keyboard and mouse.
    I am not sure what you mean by this. I have been running Windows 8 and 8.1 with a mouse and keyboard on a PC since 8 first came out. Sure, it is designed to run on touch screen devices as well, but that doesn't mean it can't be run with a mouse and keyboard.
    Nor do I. Absolutely no problems whatsoever using either peripheral. Being more of a keyboarder than a mouser, the Windows Key is more useful than ever.
    Sure you can run it with mouse and keyboard - I do it too. But out of the box it is not optimal. The desktop was not the target audience for 8 - that is obvious. But now they are backpaddling. Maybe they realize that 1 Billion desktop users are not going to put up with their 'strategy'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
    With an overdue SP2 it wouldn't really be a 2009 OS, and it doesn't show any signs of age anyway.

    I tried to interest others in 8 Explorer improvements and not one liked them. I think it pleases techies only. I thought the graphs were impressive, but it isn't nearly enough to capture consumers.

    Metro makes Rube Goldberg seem simple.
    I think as a MVP your suppose to love the both of them ,and nothing but nice things to say ,didn't you get the email last week .
    Don't tell me that they are putting pressure on you guys to hail their stuff regardless what it is. It feels really good to be 'independent'.
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  3. #53


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    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    I think as a MVP your suppose to love the both of them ,and nothing but nice things to say ,didn't you get the email last week .
    You are kidding, right?

    There was a strange silence that spread over the MVP's I met at four Global MVP Summits, where with friends I made from MS's own forums we would whisper about what a terrible mistake they were making. But it was made bluntly clear to us from the start that our feedback wasn't wanted, that this would be gathered by beta telemetry - which strangely missed all the 3rd party Start Menus that were installed and which I've since learned apparently weren't measured.

    It was only a little over a year ago that I was being advised that I could stick with Win7 but would need to migrate soon enough to Eight support to stay in good standing. Then suddenly something changed in the past year and at this past Summit in November the Consumer MVP's for Windows were gathered into a focus group to finally be asked for our blunt opinions. And I was reassured that keeping up the 4-8 hours per day volunteer time in 7F (every day since beta) would continue to qualify me indefinitely.

    By then I had stopped worrying since it's absurd to think that a top producer in the top tech forums should not speak forthrightly and passionately in defense of a MS product. The truth is I care so deeply I ache for what's happened. I will stand with Win7 til the end, and am prouder than ever to be a part of the Forums which has always been its home and strongest advocate. Most of the fixes,workarounds and Best Practices were developed there, where we continue to provide rock solid core support for MS's most successful product.
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  4. #54


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    Quote Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    I think as a MVP your suppose to love the both of them ,and nothing but nice things to say ,didn't you get the email last week .
    You are kidding, right?

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  5. #55


    First and foremost I’ll mention the evolution of things. Jim, you as an engineer certainly has much knowledge of this topic. e.g. The creator of the wheel didn’t start off with the pneumatic low sidewall steel belted styrene-butadiene copolymer tire mounted on highly balanced and machine polished magnesium rim. It started with a log and evolved through time with what we have today. Therefore, although MS may have introduced a “new way” doesn’t necessarily mean that the whole concept is completely finished. No, it takes time.

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    It's "Horses for Courses". W7 was a great selling OS - But: remember it didn't have to compete with tablets or smart phones.

    W8 was made too "Tablety" by far as is obvious from comments on these Forums and elsewhere. W8.1 was "kludged" to attempt to repair the damage -- a half way decent job has been done but once a product gets a bad name then it sticks --- look at the much maligned Vista -- if you run it on decent hardware it doesn't work too bad and has for a lot of people an appealing look -- AERO whatever its resource consumption was (AND IS) a quite liked feature.

    The modern Plasma effects on most Linux desktops show that its perfectly possible to have nice effects AND performance - the user should be able to select those things. If they choose a whole load of options that drag their system to a halt - that' s the USERS problem.
    Agree about Vista’s and 8/8.1’s bad name. The press was absolutely ruthless about them, however, it doesn’t make them totally useless as they were/are described, although I think 8 was a mistake. It should have had the features present in 8.1.

    Competition? > WP7 come to mind? How about a tablet that runs 7 in touch mode? It didn’t quite compete in the market, so that’s why 8. Create a product that can compete. Makes absolutely good business sense to me.

    MS’s quest to create an OS across the board has to limit resource consumption for battery life, so therefore Aero is out. If it is so missed, why don’t we see a 3rd party program to bring it back such the likes of Classic Shell, Start is back, or other personalization programs? Did you ever stop to think that MS thought of the fact that there would be such programs released? Classic Shell has been around since before 8/8.1 release.

    As for the menu system -- it DOESN'T MATTER if it's good bad or indifferent -- if you are flogging a product to millions of customers who happen to LIKE a certain feature it makes NO BUSINESS SENSE whatsoever to remove it suddenly -- By all means introduce new ways of working - BUT allow people to grow used to it over time so give a choice but warn people that the feature might not be available in the future.
    But you see, Jim, the Start Screen is the whole key to the new system and the new way of attacking tasks. 8.1 softened the blow of the drastic change with option to boot to the desktop app. A new “desktop” called the Start Screen is a must in the “new way”. A complete role reversal to traditional desktop computing. Absolutely no one is going to convince me that the cascading Start Menu is a better menu than Start Screen with live tiles and in conjunction with All Apps. Start Menu offers nothing but links that one has to mine through. Start Screen gives a whole load of personal info to the user, especially upon boot.

    Metro / full screen working has been shown to be totally flawed for any sort of CREATIVE CONTENT or typical office type working. Trying to base your OS primarily on small mobile devices is also not a good idea -- in any case the "Tablet craze" will have died away in a few years -- for proper work it's almost impossible to replace a real computer TOTALLY with mobile devices.
    Ah, there you go being sly again in saying “Metro / full screen working” by blowing it up out of proportion. Where’s snapping feature mentioned here? Alphanumeric reports that he can snap 3 apps on one of his two monitors and two on the other, so there’s a total of 5 in that scenario. They have obviously come a long way with snapping and multi-monitoring. They will continue to work on this issue for this is a big issue with traditionalists more so than anything really. I can see it is key for its success.

    The "Tablet craze" will do nothing but increase dramatically. Since having my Lumia 1520 phablet, seeing the power in miniaturization which is ever increasing, I can envision a day when upon sitting at a desk turning on a large monitor, unfolding an Arc mouse to turn on, turning on a full keyboard, and Bluetooth it all via a tablet or phablet using it as a full-blown work station. As a service, these workstations will be presented at restaurants, hotel lobbies and rooms, airports, Starship Enterprise, etc.

    W8.1 is a bit of "Mea culpa" on Ms's part -- We'll see what they have in store for us for W9 - or even W8.1 Updsate part 2 later on in the year.
    Like I stated, we can expect to see no Desktop app/portal in 9. I think this past 8.1 update added some more features to soften the blow even more for the traditionalists.

    Finally :

    I worry about a new full screen Metro only Office app -- try these SIMPLE tasks working in full screen only

    1) translate a document into TWO Different languages from the original.
    2) copy data from two spreadsheet worksheets into a power point presentation
    3) compare say flight / hotel prices from 5 or 6 websites.

    I think having concurrent Windows open makes these tasks reasonably easy.

    "I rest my case M'Lud".

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Again, like I stated > Who says we need to use apps in full screen? All of these tasks you listed all depends on screen real estate really. You would have had a difficult time performing these on an older 14 inch monitor on the desktop. With these larger monitors we have today it is a breeze. You wouldn’t dare perform these on a tablet even with the Desktop app/portal.

    The first screenshot below was actually performed on the Desktop app. It is a vision of what I think is to come in the Modern/Metro Office. Alphanumeric stated he can snap 3 apps, so that tackles your first two tasks. The third one will have to be performed with a Modern Notepad and Modern IE tabbing through the websites for now as shown in the second screenshot. However I do envision a day when apps will be multi-windowed much like the third screenshot.

    I rest my case, your honor.

    I wrote this in Word on the Desktop app/portal. As soon as I push Alt/S to post I'm going to push and hold WinKey > Push period key > Push down arrow key > Then release the WinKey and watch the Desktop app disappear.

    2-a-roo for now, fellow forumeers.

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  6. #56


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    Quote Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
    I will stand with Win7 til the end, and am prouder than ever to be a part of the Forums which has always been its home and strongest advocate. Most of the repair regimens and fixes were developed there, and we continue to provide rock solid core support for MS's most successful product.
    Yanno, with Classic Shell installed, 8 & 8.1 are pretty much just like 7. Personally I'm fine with 8.1 when it's run like 7... it was only ever tifkam I had an issue with, and even then only on the desktop.

    I do however, still use the taskbar from XP. It works for me.... ymmv...
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  7. #57


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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by dencal View Post
    Countmike and Jimbo.
    You are both missing the point....A "Windows Power User" suggests an extremely knowledgeable computer operator, using that application.....As stated in the original post by Strollin "Windows power users craved their start menu", which he debunked and I am in agreement with, and points to an incompetent or inexperienced operator.
    Hi there

    @HippsieGypsie

    SURELY a "Tablet" with a keyboard / mouse and large external monitor attached IS IN EVERYWAY A COMPUTER - although just in a different form to a "Fixed Laptop". You could really call it a "Configurable computer".

    Taken to the ultimate conclusion - the next gen of mobile phones will have enough power to drive huge monitors and allow keyboard and mouse. I believe it won't be long now before mobiles will have 8 CORE processors and with 32 GB internal fast Ram they will make running Virtual machines a doddle -- so who needs a tablet.

    As for snapping metro stuff -- this for a lot of people isn't in any way a good way of working if you need an undetermined number of DYNAMIC windows where you can re-size at will -- maybe some tasks can be done via "windoeable metro apps" but it's still a lot more annoying than the "classic method.

    Look at the way EXCEL 2013 starts compared with ( / to ? english ?) EXCEL 2010 -- starting another EXCEL session - give me the 2010 method every time -- and to think Ms is working on a full blown metro version of Office !!!!.

    @dencal

    I agree a so called "Power user" should be able to find their way around a system -- I think I do reasonably well on some Linux systems - but certainly wouldn't qualify as a Windows "Power user" in the pure I.T sense.


    However whatever level I'm at I can't see anything wrong in using ALL the available facilities where appropriate. If it's easier to use a GUI then I'll use it -- for example configuring SAMBA (Sharing) in Linux is a bit involved -- I CAN do it all from the command line but there's a really simple GUI application which is a doddle to use. (You need to be root / superuser to use it so an ordinary user won't break the system).

    If you look at the screenshots -- much easier than editing manually the configuration file, then stopping and re-starting the server.

    If people WANT a menu - even power users - then why not let them have one. !!!


    Sometimes these threads remind me a bit of some of the C coders a few years ago where the fashion was to see how few lines and symbols they could write their code in --of course totally unreadable to anybody else even other C coders.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    The thread title suggests that Win8 has had a plethora of users who walked away. In reality Win8 has never had a large user base to lose.
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  9. #59


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    Quote Originally Posted by acr731 View Post
    The thread title suggests that Win8 has had a plethora of users who walked away. In reality Win8 has never had a large user base to lose.
    Hi there

    True - but W8.1 DOES address most of the problems people had (particularly Desktop users) with W8. W9 probably will be quite decent once Ms realize that MOBILE apps aren't very good (or in some cases impossible) to perform on a desktop - and Desktop apps also don't work very well if at all on a MOBILE device.

    The "One size fits all" doesn't work --- seems Ms has finally got this simple fact through what were obviously pea-sized brains.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Don't you know the old saying....Windows versions are like Star Trek Movies...every other one is lousy
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