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Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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8/18/2014 | 12:10:41 PM
Windows Threshold
What's missing here? What else would you like in Windows Threshold, readers?
rradina
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rradina,
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8/18/2014 | 2:39:36 PM
Re: Windows Threshold
Windows 8 is "too flat".  Bring back some chrome.  Flat is in but careful use of transparencies, gradients and animation would make the next product look better.  Given the current state of power-sipping SOC's with great graphics, I think looking good might be more important than costing five minutes of battery life.
danielcawrey
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8/18/2014 | 6:28:27 PM
Re: Windows Threshold
I like the idea of Threshold being free, as well as the virtual desktops. 

No matter what, Microsoft needs to release a better version of Windows than 8. I can't say I am a fan of the OS at all – I think Mac OS X beats Windows hands down these days. 
SaneIT
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8/19/2014 | 7:32:28 AM
Re: Windows Threshold
I think Microsoft doesn't have much choice on the price.  There are enough people who are complaining that making us pay for these updates would cause a riot.  I've been using Win8 and 8.1 since they were released and I'm really hoping this next update is the sweet spot in fixing the little issues that everyone has been waiting for.  I know Microsoft really didn't want to give us a start menu but Win 8 has such a split personality that you have moments of misery just trying to make simple system configuration changes.    I appreciate the direction they are heading but the execution is so loosely stitched together you end up switching back and forth between UIs to do anything.
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8/19/2014 | 10:18:03 AM
Free Windows (as in free beer)?
The only way that I would even think about running Windows for personal use is if they built a GUI for the Linux Kernel and then that would be with a grain of salt.

I've witnessed first hand the fuster cluck that Windows 8.x can cuase in a business and I must say it is extremely laughable that they [Microsoft] are even still in business.

When more businesses take the Munich route, it will be a good day indeed.
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8/19/2014 | 10:29:19 AM
Free Windoze and Talking Clippy
Of course they'll have to provide a free upgrade. Otherwise sales of PCs with Windows 8 will plummet as soon as the "previews" go public.

"Virtual assistants."  Is that what they're calling Clippy now?  Guess it'll return with a Siri-like voice, but even more annoying.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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8/20/2014 | 1:29:32 AM
Re: Windows Threshold
+1

All the major mobile platforms have embraced the flat aesthetic to some extent, but the Modern UI is my least favorite. Not that it's bad, per se-- but "too flat" is one of the problems. Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 both let you create some depth with backgrounds in ways that their predecessors did not, so hopefully "Threshold" will perfect it further.
Michael Endler
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8/20/2014 | 1:31:15 AM
Re: Free Windows (as in free beer)?
This doesn't necessarily negate all of your points, but Munich is now considering dropping Linux and moving to Windows.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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8/20/2014 | 1:38:45 AM
Re: Windows Threshold
I've been assuming Microsoft will make it free for Windows 8 users. They indicated at Build that Windows 8 users would get the Start menu in a future update. Since the Start menu is now evidently part of Windows 9, they sort of have to give it away in order to avoid going back on their word. The more interesting possibility is that they'll make it free for Windows 7 users too. I think it would be the right call. Apple has basically already done the same thing, and Microsoft really needs to avoid repeating the ongoing Windows XP fiasco when Windows 7 reaches its EOL deadline.


I think Microsoft realizes it can't make money from OSes the way it used to. I've heard a few references to a possible Windows as a Service offering, for example, which would be a step in a new direction, and one that a few analysts have told me is inevitable.
mak63
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8/20/2014 | 2:22:37 AM
Re: Windows Threshold
What's missing here? What else would you like in Windows Threshold, readers?

It's not as much as what I'd like to see in Threshold, although Cortana, the Start Menu and free are a given, but to be able to install it in old computers without the NX requirement. I believe many people are in that position.
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