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Dear readers: How would you change or improve Windows 8?

  1. #61


    Quote Originally Posted by Night hawk
    rather then follow up a success story with 7
    Yet another point to demonstrate how moronic the actual decisions at Microsoft are. W7 was the first OS in a decade which was accepted without problem almost universaly. You'd think they would continue in that direction? Nope. They took the opposite route. They decide to discontinue a product that works and eerybody is happy about, to launch another product that almost everybody hates.

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  2. #62


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    This is awesome! So cool! It's the future!

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  3. #63


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fredledingue View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Night hawk
    rather then follow up a success story with 7
    Yet another point to demonstrate how moronic the actual decisions at Microsoft are. W7 was the first OS in a decade which was accepted without problem almost universaly. You'd think they would continue in that direction? Nope. They took the opposite route. They decide to discontinue a product that works and eerybody is happy about, to launch another product that almost everybody hates.
    There does seem to be quite a bit of hindsight in the decisions being made for 8 to consider when you look back at the Windows history. Now ME was labeled their first big flop but why? No MS Dos mode you could shut down to and still based on Fat? Vista was Windows growing too big in size and incorrect system requirements along with the lack of 3rd party support sounds familiar to what the XP Pro x64 and now 8 is seeing to some extent.

    For OEM laptops and desktops they wouldn't be caring about any updates for any XP, Vista, or 7 model since 8 will be bringing in the touchscreen options! But when NVidia and AMD/AIT are both ssslowwwww... Alarm bells go off for most running into driver issues and even that ends up being another source of frustration turning people away from any newer version.

    The 7 launch of a working OS after the reluctance seen by many for Vista to be followed by a total nightmare called 8 would seem to be something other companies would want to "Avoid at all costs"! Not MS however! There's apparently so much focus on what the fruit company is doing and their latest triumph over Samsung it seems they forgot what a desktop OS is! Where'e the rationality? one could ask!
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  4. #64


    Quote Originally Posted by mdmd
    This is awesome! So cool! It's the future!
    Yes, it is the future indeed. The Metro Start Screen, inspired from AOL terminal and game consoles of the 80's is realy a thing of the past. As for attempting to place Widows Phone OS on Desktop PC's, in less than 3 months it will be history. Now try to open the same number of apps of similar sophistication on Metro and try to work with them in an efficient manner. With no taskbar, no resize, no minimize, no caption... I wish you Good Luck!
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  5. #65


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fredledingue View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mdmd
    This is awesome! So cool! It's the future!
    Yes, it is the future indeed. The Metro Start Screen, inspired from AOL terminal and game consoles of the 80's is realy a thing of the past. As for attempting to place Widows Phone OS on Desktop PC's, in less than 3 months it will be history. Now try to open the same number of apps of similar sophistication on Metro and try to work with them in an efficient manner. With no taskbar, no resize, no minimize, no caption... I wish you Good Luck!
    I'm sure he'll have fun trying to work things out once he gets going! (right and Ma Pillsbury just came out with a new muffin mix! )

    Some will "love" and MOST WILL HATE! the way MS upset the Apple cart when they had something going with 7 and then went off into "Mystery Land" off on some lame excursion! The OEMs have picked up on what will happen if they don't step in and do their own thing as far as seeing their own version of a "Normal" Start button and menu brought back in!

    For all those who would complain about OEM bloatwares they should now see that will be what saves the day as the OEMs want to see their new machines sell to a hesistant audience! They are going out of their way to replace what MS yanked out.

    I can only syphasize with the developers who warked hard on seeing the core elements and security factors improved only to see the main gui trashed and 8 going down in flames as a large flop as just how most will see it!

    If they had only learned the lesson 7 taught and worked from there to following a working path you would be seeing something of an eye catcher not an eye of despise as people simply get "turned off" from the radical thrash of the OS!
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  6. #66


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    The first thing I would add is an option to disable Metro. I know for a fact that thousands of people including myself will never use it. It's the new Media Center. It's there but nobody cares which is why Microsoft has put it front and center, forcing us to use it to their benefit(app store, etc).

    Along with disabling Metro the Start menu needs to come back from the dead. Not only does the desktop look broken without a Start button, productivity for anyone using a keyboard and mouse is terrible. It is nothing more than a deliberate confusing mess.


    Next would be to bring back Aero Glass because Windows 8 reminds me of Windows 3.1. They have managed to suck every bit of life from Vista and 7 for NO REASON. Not all of us are concerned with battery life. Mac OSX has the right amount of subtlety while it also manages to keep gloss and polish. Seriously, did the Windows team forget about gradients and shadows?
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  7. #67


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    I think the MS Windows team took a siesta in the highlands or something! 8 is geared too heavily on the mobile and touchscreen market without thought of the stranded desktop user! As far as the Media Center that was added in following the 2005 XP MC edition and wasn't too popular.

    The stripping away of dvd and video playback support in WMP on the other hand will be noticed! Since WMP 10 for XP support has always been sumething that came with Windows not simply abandoned. Many still opt to see WMP as the default player in Windows even if they have others!

    The irony of 8 is that 8 is geared too heavy on mobile but lacks on mobility to move about within the OS! You now only see some Control Panel items in a right menu in the same corner you hover for the Start screen without even knowing about the menu as well as other functions lost in some search and find mystery tool bar that comes up at the wrong time because you just happen to move the cursor towards something else nearby?!

    The normal Start orb and Programs menu wasn't simply a list of programs but included all accesssories, link off to the Control Panel, network, and of course ease of access to shutdown, restart, sleep, hibernate, or simply logoff one account to log into another all in one place. Now you climb walls trying to find this or that with all the extra steps.

    The OEMs taking the initiative to develop their own Start helps while those will also still lack the properties with a right click to change the Start menu appearance as links or folders, customize the System Tray as far as which icons will show or be hidden, and a few other options like where you want the task bar. top, bottom, left, or right.

    You can still right click on the task bar itself however while what about which option will be set as the default for the shutdown button now no longer seen? Security improved, usuability sucks, hardware detection improved, driver support unavailable still!, and what about backward compatibility?

    Now see what is extended to all those older game titles while blog writers rave on about performance for gaming? Too many titles are DX9 driven while many still ran with DX10 and 11 where you could still add DX9 on when the game installer required it. OpenGL is out with 8 as well! Better gaming?

    Why would any seriious gamer want to toss several older titles with a few new simply to now only be able to run the few new and not any other? oops! So far most desktop apps still run showing that area covered to an extent. Driver support for older OEM machines? Don't expect to see it with 8 since OEMs will be bringing out all new pcs desktops, laptops, Tablets embedded with 8 and soon to discontinue older Vista and 7 models for the fast turnover.
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  8. #68


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    Quote Originally Posted by mdmd View Post
    This is awesome! So cool! It's the future!
    Your picture is rediculously over done to make a point, but it's your text that screams volumes.

    OSes are NOT supposed to be "Cool", "Awesome" or "Futuristic" They are supposed to facilitate you getting stuff done!

    Metro IS Cool, Awesome and Futuristic, AND TOTALY USELESS. Well useless for doing anything other than playing sudoku while huge towering ads blast at you from the sides of your 24 in monitor... If that's the future, then screw the future...
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  9. #69


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    I believe an Operating System is a work of art and technical expertise. They have an architecture (the code) of high sophistication that is compiled to address the hardware which allows users to apply their talents to their needs. A Personal Computer is more than a microwave oven. It is a totally cool piece of equipment that is highly customizable. A Computer is not a hammer or wrench. The extreme complexity of the CPU and how it is made to be a productive tool for anyone and everyone is amazing.

    A serious desktop professional is not more important than a hobbyist. A student doing homework, writing reports, playing a game on the side, accessing the internet, is no less important than a systems analyst configuring Windows Server. Enterprise is not superior to home use. An Operating System is truly an awesome creation. They are totally cool and can be customized to enhance the experience.

    How about "alienware" or hot boxes painted orange. They have laptops colored in pink for the girls. Super Charged Graphics Cards (that cost more than some computers) for gamers.

    As for metro apps being usable, I think we are at version .0014

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    That aside, many have a dislike of commercial interest. Windows is planet wide. It is interesting that there are not more Operating Systems available from other companies. Why only Microsoft and Apple?
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