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


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


    Summary: Criticize or evangelize: some love it but many hate it: Windows 8. Dear readers, what changes would you make before you are swayed into buying Microsoft's latest offering?

    By Zack Whittaker for Between the Lines
    August 23, 2012 -- 12:28 GMT (05:28 PDT)


    Windows 8 has been called many things: a "design disaster," an "unmitigated disaster," and even been likened to Vista, which is perhaps a little harsh. That said, it has also dubbed a "fresh start" for Microsoft.

    The code is final, the hardware and computer makers have the finalized software, and ordinary users and enterprise customers will receive the updated Microsoft operating system later this year in October.


    Yet many customers are wary over purchasing licenses or upgrading to Windows 8 in fear that the new interface is too confusing. That's the crux of the matter: people like to know where things are and on the most part do not like radical change.


    In one real-life, hands-on demonstration of the barriers faced by ordinary users, Chris Pirillo sat his father down at a fresh install of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (which has since been released to manufacturing albeit with a pretty weak 'tutorial') and left him to his own devices. It's painful to watch, but it rounds-up exactly how many feel about the design of the new operating system.
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    The video was hilarious, awkward, and like the quote, painful to watch.
    It was an unfair test case - my mother could not identify what a mouse is.
    She has no idea what LCD means. My father has a problem with left and right clicks.
    Is their vision impaired? Do they have arthritis?
    Neither know what a WinKey is. It was funny when he said, "where's the thing with all the square blocks"
    "There's supposed to be a menu or something in the corner over there !" LOL
    It was a chuckle. Do the same with a 23 year old... or a 14 year old, or a 39 year old...
    Some people need a few kind hints to get going. It was a funny though ... LOL
    Where is this thread going?
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    And even after Chris' father struggled with Windows 8, in the end when asked if he would buy a Windows 8 tablet he said if it was the same price as the iPad he would. Reason being he knows he'd be able to access Excel and do things with Windows that he's accustomed to, and can't do on the iPad, once he learned the new interface.
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    I've seen a few of these videos and every time I watch them, I always want to say to the people in the video, "You almost friggin' had it!!!!"

    But if I were asked what to make Windows 8 better...

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    It would have to be a more metroized and modernly designed Desktop with ALL the Aero iconography removed and replaced with neater metro styled icons like Office 2013 has. Also, I would add the luscious and so uber smooth UI feel of Office 2013 into the Desktop. I'd also want Control Panel redesigned to look more like PC Settings so it's simple and clean looking. I'm asking for every vestige of vista gone for good.

    If Microsoft added more of the metro style in the Desktop, I'd think it would be more of a hit, at least for me!
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    Get a 0.357 magnum and put it out of it's misery?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    But if I were asked what to make Windows 8 better...

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    Wonderful! Stunning simplicity of Office 2013...
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    Simple. Integrate Metro with the desktop.

    1) Allow metro apps to run full screen or windowed, movable, resizable on the desktop as the user wishes.
    2) Make Metro start screen run in either full screen or windowed mode as the user wishes.
    3) Put back the start menu for the desktop.

    This way people can use only metro or only the desktop OR a nice and unrestrained combination of the two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I've seen a few of these videos and every time I watch them, I always want to say to the people in the video, "You almost friggin' had it!!!!"

    But if I were asked what to make Windows 8 better...

    Click image for larger version

    It would have to be a more metroized and modernly designed Desktop with ALL the Aero iconography removed and replaced with neater metro styled icons like Office 2013 has. Also, I would add the luscious and so uber smooth UI feel of Office 2013 into the Desktop. I'd also want Control Panel redesigned to look more like PC Settings so it's simple and clean looking. I'm asking for every vestige of vista gone for good.

    If Microsoft added more of the metro style in the Desktop, I'd think it would be more of a hit, at least for me!
    I got to hand it to you: this looks good!

    Better than the hybrid look + old icons of the RTM.

    How / where did you get that look in Explorer?
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    Concur with FSeal.

    1. Direct boot to desk top to by-pass Metro
    2. Legacy start menu.

    Given that I'd be first in the queue to buy it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R0bR View Post
    And even after Chris' father struggled with Windows 8, in the end when asked if he would buy a Windows 8 tablet he said if it was the same price as the iPad he would.
    A lot of Metro haters (me included) would agree. That's the point - the problem with 8 isn't tablets.
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