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tjgkg
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tjgkg,
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7/7/2014 | 2:23:48 PM
Win8.x is terrible
The extreme hubris displayed by MS when it released Win 8 was breathtaking. That was the worst thought out software release I have ever seen. While 8.1 is a small improvement, MS should build one OS for touch and mobile devices and have the traditional Win interface for desktops and laptops. Perhaps this will happen now that Ballmer is out. Working on a Win 8.x device is extremely unpleasant.
UberGoober
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7/2/2014 | 10:51:38 AM
Re: Congratulation M$!
Is your Google broken?  Here, let me help:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_8

Win8 was released October 26, 2012, after long and extensive previews; even the general release is closer to 2 years old than one.  We've known what was wrong with it for much longer than that.  The problem was, I've said fromt the beginning (and M$ recently admitted), largely fueled by the arrogance to believe that M$ could force people to accept a product they didn't like, all in aid of trying to boost the sales of Windows phones and tablets via a common user interface.

As the folks at AA say, the first step is admitting that you have a problem; I applaud M$ for finally getting with the program.  They've had a flaming disaster with Win8 so far, and I hope they learn more from history better than some others who shall go unnamed.
anon1768698819
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anon1768698819,
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7/1/2014 | 8:38:29 PM
Re: windows 9 desktop resergence
Desktop and legacy absolutely suck on tablets. They weren't built for touch, they don't have the UI for touchk, and they never will. Nobody with any sense wants to fool with traditional legacy crap on a tablet. Ditch full Windows for tablets and create a new OS for tablets by merging RT and Windows Phone. Remove the desktop and all legacy code from it.
anon1768698819
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anon1768698819,
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7/1/2014 | 8:36:28 PM
Re: Congratulation M$!
Windows 8 isn't even a year old. So how exactly is Microsoft years too late? Microsoft is removing the metro start screen entirely from desktop and laptop pcs.
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7/1/2014 | 4:27:47 PM
Re: Branding is the key
@countryclubrepublican The Metro interface was Microsoft's lazy attempt to make us all forget about the fact that they had no plan for mobile for years. It was as if they wanted us to believe that Windows 8 was an instant recognition of the available of "Internet everywhere."

We all see how well that worked out. 
MichiganJeff
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MichiganJeff,
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7/1/2014 | 2:44:40 PM
Great, but will they fix the 8.1 networking issues that I can't seem to resolve since "upgrading?"
Glad they've finally seen the light and will stop trying to force the Metro interface on everyone.  Now, if they'd only help resolve the networking issues that 8.1 caused me (and many others).  Even tried replacing my "cheap, included" wi-fi card with one from Intel with the latest and greatest drivers... doesn't matter, network access is sporadic, at best.  I'm about to bite the bullet and deal with the pain that going back to 8.0 will cause... since they "forgot" to include a way to rollback the "upgrade."
UberGoober
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7/1/2014 | 11:29:39 AM
Congratulation M$!
If the reports are true, Microsoft will have actually listened (several years late) to its customers.  While I hate the aesthetics of the new interface, at least it brings back the functionality that every other desktop OS has had for the last couple of decades.  And all it took was to kick Ballmer to the curb...
UberGoober
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7/1/2014 | 11:25:56 AM
Re: Branding is the key
That would be utterly contrary to M$'s expressed 'Windows Everywhere' strategy.  Frankly, there's no reason why you need multiple versions for Intel, anyway.  If it offered a choice between a real desktop and the clown makeup, it could easily support both creators and consumers of information without making them irritated (to utterliy minimize the hatred that Metro engenders in most users).
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Li Tan,
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7/1/2014 | 9:39:43 AM
Re: windows 9 desktop resergence
I think MS is trying to get the best from both desktop and tablet world. Its demo of Windows 9 startup menu indicates this. This is not easy but something needs to be done - it makes no sense to create silos by forgetting about good desktop options on tablet.
mejiac
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6/30/2014 | 8:01:07 PM
Re: windows 9 desktop resergence
@anon, That's a good point, A similar feature is the latest android allowing for multiple users on the same device (which is nothing new on a windows pc) So if microsoft allows to toggle between different UI layouts, it would allow for a greater level of customization for users
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