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Windows 8 Users See Red: Is Microsoft Listening?
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Somedude8
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5/9/2013 | 5:02:25 PM
re: Windows 8 Users See Red: Is Microsoft Listening?
I have no issues with Windows 8, and don't know anyone who falls in to the "anger over Windows 8" category. The only people I hear from that seem really bent out of shape over Windows 8 are the tech columnists!
I am not saying that Windows 8 is without issues; I believe some concern is warranted. BUt I also think that the tech writer community has gone overboard here, hyping the problems much like, well, Access Hollywood before a Kardashian wedding.
I have read and enjoyed other articles by the author, some really good stuff. I am not blaming him for Win8 hate hype, but would like to see a bit less of the articles with names like "What can MS do to save Windows?" and similar.
DDURBIN1
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5/9/2013 | 5:22:49 PM
re: Windows 8 Users See Red: Is Microsoft Listening?
When Vista arrived there were 8 or 9 versions. The top version, Ultimate, was over $600 while the bottom version was $250. Too many versions, too expensive, and no backward compatibility. Win7 fixed all these. Now Win8 has only one version. Maybe its time to have a desktop version and another for touch devices.
AustinIT
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AustinIT,
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5/9/2013 | 5:28:13 PM
re: Windows 8 Users See Red: Is Microsoft Listening?
I completely agree with you. It is largely the tech press and fanboys of other platforms that are beating down on Microsoft over Win8. This creates an even bigger problem because of all the intellectualy lazy people who parrot the "bad news" as if they were some sort of expert on the subject.

Win8 is better than Win7. It's a new product that introduces the new Modern UI while keeping the legacy support in place. Yes, it's a bit different but is easy to learn and you quickly get used to the changes. For those who just can't sleep at night, 8.1 should make those crybabies happier.

Microsoft has always walked on a double edged sword... if they don't innovate they get slammed. If they change anything significant, they get slammed. If they drop legacy support, they get slammed. Personnaly, I think they have maintained the best of both worlds for quite some time.
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5/9/2013 | 5:31:19 PM
re: Windows 8 Users See Red: Is Microsoft Listening?
"The more often you reach for a fork in what's become the towel drawer, the angrier you get." That is a classic analogy, Mike. And I am sure many readers can relate to it.

Laurianne McLaughlin
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mbrunetti460
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mbrunetti460,
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5/9/2013 | 5:34:28 PM
re: Windows 8 Users See Red: Is Microsoft Listening?
I run the Mac OS on my PC. I've been doing it for several years. As a developer, I'd rather deal with a Unix foundation and be able to use a native Unix shell, but I don't like the available Linux UI's. Just search the web for "Hackintosh" and you find what you need. I use Tonymac's stuff. To run Windows programs, use Parallels or Fusion. So I'm using a PC, running Mac OSX Mountain Lion (10.8.3) and virtualizing a PC! It's a wonderful world.
bwalker970
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5/9/2013 | 5:36:36 PM
re: Windows 8 Users See Red: Is Microsoft Listening?
Microsoft has not managed transitions well in the past so why should this time be even better? Microsoft has a poor record of transitioning their portfolio. They simply do not know how to evolve a products. Rather, they aspire to revolution. Just looking at Windows releases, we can recall the controversies that surrounded Windows 95, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. There are people still using Windows XP who refuse to migrate to any of the more recent releases. The leading emphasis for all product releases is new features and that often means forcing the user to do things differently, but not necessarily better. If Microsoft were to focus first on user experience, we would not be having this conversation.
AustinAnalyst
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AustinAnalyst,
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5/9/2013 | 5:40:20 PM
re: Windows 8 Users See Red: Is Microsoft Listening?
"Microsoft used to manage transitions better"
eg. Windows ME, Windows Vista, Windows 8 ?

What is to become of Windows 7 which is a stable, secure OS ? My problem with Microsoft I also have with Apple. When the new OS is released, the "old" version becomes difficult to find or costs more to "downgrade" on new computers. Apple is especially problematic because of processor requirements for "new" OS's. Then again, Apple is a hardware vendor too. Is that the direction Microsoft is going ?
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5/9/2013 | 5:42:58 PM
re: Windows 8 Users See Red: Is Microsoft Listening?
Agreed, a few months ago we installed two Windows 8 desktops used by order entry and a documentation person. No touch monitors. Not one complaint, and I make a point of asking the users when I'm in. I'm not sure they even know about the start screen. Yes I pinned Outlook, Word and Excel to the task bar but I did this for Windows 7 users too because most clerical users didn't know how to do this in Windows 7 either.
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5/9/2013 | 5:48:16 PM
re: Windows 8 Users See Red: Is Microsoft Listening?
My configuration is two high res displays. Windows 8
is useless on a dual monitor setup. The Metro, Modern, name de jour
tablet interface does NOT support two displays. The user is first presented
with the Tiled interface on the primary display and the classic desktop on the
second display. In addition, the navigation becomes near impossible when
trying to hover over any of the four corners or side bar when there are two
displays as the hot spots are too hard to hit. The mouse just moves between
the primary and the secondary unless you have the dexterity to accurately
position the mouse. Don't force a tablet interface to users who are
accustom to dual displays. Just give us
the simple option to boot directly into Classic mode and leave the tablet/touch
interface for touch based laptops, convertibles, and tablets.
AustinAnalyst
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5/9/2013 | 6:20:09 PM
re: Windows 8 Users See Red: Is Microsoft Listening?
Cool. Is there anybody that builds these for others ?
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