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treasure_hunter
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12/2/2012 | 8:20:23 PM
re: 5 Ways Microsoft Can Save Windows 8
Couldn't agree more with you. Felt the same when Google made the changes to gmail and youtube. Haven't used hotmail in a long time ever since they deleted all my emails. Changes should be more substantial than just playing around with the interface. Planning to buy a all in one pc but will wait till microsoft stabilizes the Windows 8 OS. Until then will keep using Windows XP.
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12/2/2012 | 7:25:38 PM
re: 5 Ways Microsoft Can Save Windows 8
I have many legacy devices on SCSI and XP drivers. They are expensive to replace. Can Microsoft assure me that my devices will still work under Windows 8?
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12/2/2012 | 7:25:25 PM
re: 5 Ways Microsoft Can Save Windows 8
Right...the OS just isn't enough to justify a purchase atm. Or spending an hour on it.

From what I've seen/heard, and using it for a bit in a store, what they really need to do is rework the Classic+Metro; neither is a bad UI but they just aren't integrated.

Beyond that I just don't think anyone's interested. Sorry Microsoft.
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12/2/2012 | 7:20:29 PM
re: 5 Ways Microsoft Can Save Windows 8
It seems that Windows 8 is primarily an platform unifying project. It has a new user interface that provides a consistent user experience across devices. But for users with Android or iPhone, what are the incentives for them to upgrade? I have not heard a compelling selling point from Microsoft that makes me want to upgrade, even if it were free. There are just too many potential pitfalls in upgrading to a new OS particularly the OS has a drastically new code base. I am like most people using a computer to get work done. The novelty and associated learning curve do not attract me a bit. Tell me something that will increase my productivity that is so overwhelming to make it worthwhile to pay for it and take the risks of upgrading hassles and learning curve.
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12/2/2012 | 7:09:40 PM
re: 5 Ways Microsoft Can Save Windows 8
Microsoft should be congratulated for attempting an operating system that unifies touch and desktop environments, but the effort is rough at best. MS updated its XBox interface to the "Metro" configuration some time ago and I have never become comfortable with its visual cues and navigation paradigm (lots of side scrolling). No, it's not a hard interface to learn, but its "flat" appearance and sparse information displays leave me constantly double-checking selections, focus, and moving between tiles. Combine that with Metro's relative unsuitability for non-touch environments and you have the "Explorer Desktop," which is kinda but not exactly like Windows 7, which I like and which I already run on my desktop. I'll leave it to smarter people than me to explain why you'd have any interest in updating to Windows 8 for a non-touch desktop.
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12/2/2012 | 5:32:00 PM
re: 5 Ways Microsoft Can Save Windows 8
Perhaps I am a minority, but I LIKE the ability to swipe my laptop screen and applaud MS's encouragement of touch-sensitive screens. I often switch back and forth between an ASUS transformer (w keyboard dock) and a windows 7 laptop, and constantly find myself wanting to swipe my win 7 laptop screen. I also like/ am used to/ the win 7 interface, and find Metro aesthetically unpleasing (ugly!). So, what I would like to see is for the win 8 and metro interface be context sensitive (metro on a tablet, win 8 when docked or on laptop), and one or the other EASILY set up as a default by the user.

I also agree with author on most points, especially cost. MS needs to practically give our free the new OS to regain and buttress its market share. Otherwise, it is likely to follow RIM down the path to irrelevancy.
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12/2/2012 | 5:08:32 PM
re: 5 Ways Microsoft Can Save Windows 8
If you want a classic desktop interface Linux Mint has a nicely improved upon XP-like interface. It's free, stable, easy to install and comes with all the necessary codecs. http://www.linuxmint.com/downl...
And if you really need Microsoft Office, it's easy enough to run under Linux with Wine.
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12/2/2012 | 4:39:54 PM
re: 5 Ways Microsoft Can Save Windows 8
MarkNY said "MS makes products on whimsical concepts that they then push on everyone by wrecking working devices and systems and forcing more investment in hardware"

While this is a popular line of reasoning, I'm not sure it really holds water. With very few exceptions, the only reasons I've ever seen people move to a newer version of Windows is because A- they simply bought a new system and it came with it, or B- some piece of software or hardware they rely on requires it. If all the hardware and software someone uses works under their existing version of Windows, they stick with it.

Microsoft doesn't force anyone to upgrade to the latest version of Windows, and the amount of systems still running XP prove this. *If* someone wants to upgrade, that's fine, but it's on them to make sure they meet the system requirements of the newer version. To find a system that would honestly have trouble running the latest version of Windows, you'd have to go back close to a decade.

I'm as critical of Microsoft's move regarding Metro as the next guy, but won't criticism them for what borders on conspiracy theories.
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12/2/2012 | 3:04:17 PM
re: 5 Ways Microsoft Can Save Windows 8
In line with Microsoft's tradition of every other version being lackluster, W98 vs W-ME, Vista vs W7, we now have W8 vs ?The Next Great Thing?. I bought an ACER with W8 installed. At the end of the day I determind W8 is basically W7 with a poor window dressing over it. Solution: Update the W8, pull the the drive and set it aside, install SSD, install clean copy of W7 Pro (also elimanted all the crap ware)...I'm quite happy!!! Yeaaaa!!!

Does Microsoft simply have a bad software review program?...it seems like it.
Not sure how many folks are going to run out and get W8 when their machine isn't W8 touch screen capable...likely very few.

I'd assume W8 is cool and neat on a touch screen, but none of the 7 machines I have at home have touch ability. None of the 200+ at work have it (many still running XP, XP64 very happily).

Whats the solution? Hire me and I'll work on it from the consumer standpoint !!
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12/2/2012 | 2:35:53 PM
re: 5 Ways Microsoft Can Save Windows 8
Can I just call you "K"?
Apple Like? 8 is disoriented junk, not fit for the market. But you just watch the next few years you will see this "stuff" in business, and especially in education. thereby making it "OK". then later the drones that bought and use it will suffer for 6 months then junk it.

The cartel wins again. Bill laughs and applauds Mr. Kim from Korea, Mr. Chang from China, all the while an 8 year old redneck 3rd grader tries to figure it all out.
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