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Windows 8 Start Menu Coming This Fall?
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AsokS489
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AsokS489,
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4/24/2014 | 11:29:45 PM
Re: Like I said, Windows 8.1 Update hasn't persuaded everyone
Microsoft is in trash mode big time right now: Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 (with a different version number yet, actually meaning a different operating system), then "Update 1", and then Update 2, all in a period of a year, and using new terminology for what an update is, using multiple different methods for updating, and with some VERY important updates NOT being delivered by WSUS, and all in a period of a year. And soon there will be Windows 9. Three operating system versions and two major "updates"  in two years means FIVE different platform variations in TWO years, and no real improvement in terms of corporate productively, in fact, productivity has regressed for any enterprise foolish enough to embrace Windows 8 on the PC. Oh, yeah, and I'm not even counting Windows RT and its variations.

This unnecessary upheaval is causing both the enterprise and software developers to be going out of their minds. Thus Microsoft is busily obliterating their two big monopolistic advantages: stability and application ubiquity. Software developers are fleeing Microsoft in droves to develop for iOS and Android instead, and the enterprise will soon be fleeing Windows as much as possible, probably to a combination of Android, iOS  and Linux.

Good heavens, it's amazing to see such a megalithic monopoly self-destruct so rapidly and so completely. Heck, it took IBM almost 10 years to sink this badly before they arose from their own ashes.
AsokS489
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AsokS489,
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4/24/2014 | 11:29:42 PM
Re: Like I said, Windows 8.1 Update hasn't persuaded everyone
Microsoft is in trash mode big time right now: Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 (with a different version number yet, actually meaning a different operating system), then "Update 1", and then Update 2, all in a period of a year, and using new terminology for what an update is, using multiple different methods for updating, and with some VERY important updates NOT being delivered by WSUS, and all in a period of a year. And soon there will be Windows 9. Three operating system versions and two major "updates"  in two years means FIVE different platform variations in TWO years, and no real improvement in terms of corporate productively, in fact, productivity has regressed for any enterprise foolish enough to embrace Windows 8 on the PC. Oh, yeah, and I'm not even counting Windows RT and its variations.

This unnecessary upheaval is causing both the enterprise and software developers to be going out of their minds. Thus Microsoft is busily obliterating their two big monopolistic advantages: stability and application ubiquity. Software developers are fleeing Microsoft in droves to develop for iOS and Android instead, and the enterprise will soon be fleeing Windows as much as possible, probably to a combination of Android, iOS  and Linux.

Good heavens, it's amazing to see such a megalithic monopoly self-destruct so rapidly and so completely. Heck, it took IBM almost 10 years to sink this badly before they arose from their own ashes.
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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4/24/2014 | 4:36:03 AM
Re: Like I said, Windows 8.1 Update hasn't persuaded everyone
To me Windows 8.1 is good but not something dramatic. Its usability is fine but personally I prefer to get back the start menu. Now I switch from destktop mode to the startup screen everytime I want to launch an application.Do I use Windows 8 in a weird way? Frankly speaking I did not bother to learn the new features of this new MS animal in detail.
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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4/23/2014 | 12:36:39 PM
Re: Another steaming pile of Windows
The byzantine method of separating "modern" apps with "desktop" ones is just not working. I get why Microsoft did it from a technology standpoint, but the reality is that mainstream users don't understand the purpose of having to switch back an forth because they want to use a certain program. 

I still don't understand why Microsoft didn't just create to separate operating systems. People still need the desktop based windows, but there is also a need for a touch/tablet version, however nascent that may be in the Windows ecosystem right now.
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Whoopty,
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4/23/2014 | 6:49:05 AM
Intuitiveness
There are certain aspects of Windows 8 which I really like, update .1 or not, but it still doesn't feel very intuitive. Playing around with it for the first time it took me a few days to figure out how to turn the thing off. 

Personally I'll wait to see what Windows 9 is like before upgrading one way or the other. 7 serves me fine at the moment. 
Charlie Babcock
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Charlie Babcock,
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4/22/2014 | 5:49:25 PM
Why hasn't he heard from the Silent Majority?
There's a reason, Michael, why they call the vast, unheralded mass of Windows users the Silent Majority. They don't offer up many snarky comments, but they will recognize their favored Start menu is back and many will start the transition to Windows 8.
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Michael Endler,
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4/22/2014 | 4:04:12 PM
Like I said, Windows 8.1 Update hasn't persuaded everyone
The first two reader comments are overwhelmingly negative.

I've written that Windows 8.1 Update is much better than earlier versions. Usability really isn't a concern if you make a few tweaks. But I also see the reverse side of the equation: Even if Windows 8.1 is rounding into decent shape, a lot of customers have been waiting for almost a year and a half for Microsoft to get its OS act together.

Microsoft is moving much faster, but at least some customers seem to have decided Windows simply isn't worth the trouble, especially since it's easier than ever (generally speaking, not necessarily in specific businesses or industries) to use other OSes without compromise.

 
BobLoblaw2
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BobLoblaw2,
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4/22/2014 | 3:29:13 PM
Start Menu
Whoa. Start menu coming this fall. No it's too much innovation to take in all at once. My head is spinning from the possibilities. What genius has developed this game changer?  Does Ctrl-Alt-Delete still work?
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asksqn,
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4/22/2014 | 3:05:33 PM
Another steaming pile of Windows
Windows 8.x is the turd MS keeps polishing in hopes of forcing more consumers to use it.  It is, no doubt, part and parcel why it ended support for XP despite the wild popularity of the OS.   


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