re: PC Market Bleeds: Windows 8 Tablet Fix Needed
From my standpoint as a longtime Windows user that uses traditional Windows programs and does not have a smartphone or tablet or use Social Networking, the apps in the Microsoft Store are the problem.
I think from a notebook standpoint the Surface is a good looking system but, the RT won't run traditional programs and the Pro is much too expensive.
Maybe if there were some killer RT apps, that could be a separate path, but I don't think there is a killer app. Also, I have heard that when used in portrait mode as a tablet, using applications become awkward. So it is not great as a tablet.
I have played with many of the apps in the app store without thinking whether I needed touch or not, it just didn't cross my mind. As it turned out, the reason it didn't cross my mind is because my trackball seemed to work just fine and I just didn't think about it.
Windows 8 itself is fine. I have been using it side by side with a Windows 7 system for about 6 months. It actually brought an old XP system of mine back from the Dead. Contrary to the belief of some haters, you can easily bypass all the things they hate about the Modern/Metro front end.
1. You can easily bypass the front end on start up by loading a Desktop program automatically, I use StickyNotes or you could also create a task using task scheduler (google it for step by step instructions.
2. You can solve the problem of clicking on a picture and being yanked out of Desktop and sent to the Modern screen to view it by just opening Control Panel and making the included Windows picture Viewer the default program or downloading your own old favorite.
3. You can easily live without a start button by just remembering how to do three simple things.
Mouse to the Left bottom Corner for the Start Icon with most of your start button items. Click on the Folder on the quick program part of the task bar and bring up File Explorer for the other items like documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, Computer, Disks, Network, etc.
4. Ctl, Alt, Del to get the power icon to turn off or press the off switch (yes, it is now ok) or mouse to the right lower corner and click on settings and then the power Icon.
Did it ever make sense to press Start to Shut Down?
So far nothing has required downloading any third party program or if you want you could download Classic Shell and get your start button back.