Microsoft Build: 3 Windows 8 Questions To Answer
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User Rank: Ninja
6/27/2013 | 3:10:39 AM
re: Microsoft Build: 3 Windows 8 Questions To Answer
They do allow direct boot to the Desktop in 8.1, so that is something.

But the Modern UI is the future for them. The Desktop will disappear at some point, along with all the software that runs on it, and people better get used to that fact. So I can understand Microsoft's reluctance in going too far back to 7. I'm surprised they are allowing direct boot to the Desktop at all. I don't believe that will last for more than a couple of years before it goes away permanently, despite any subsequent outcry..
User Rank: Ninja
6/27/2013 | 3:05:41 AM
re: Microsoft Build: 3 Windows 8 Questions To Answer
One thing people need to stop concentrating on is OS boot time. We boot one time, and use the machines for a half hour, or even hours before we turn them back off. We can put them to sleep for even shorter boot times. Boot timings are simply not that important. Back when they took minutes, it mattered, but not today.

So while the instant on of a tablet is great, the 15 seconds it takes for a MacBook Air or the 20 seconds it takes for a Macbook Pro, as non Windows examples, simply isn't important. Windows machines are getting shorter book times as well, but the truth is that 10-15 seconds one way or the other isn't very important considering how few times we do it. For our desktop, we may never turn it off at all, just put it to sleep, unless we're doing a major OS Upgrade.

Lets get on to more important things.
User Rank: Apprentice
6/26/2013 | 11:39:41 PM
re: Microsoft Build: 3 Windows 8 Questions To Answer
No restored Start Menu means Microsoft is lying though their teeth about listening to their customers. The restored Start Button is yet just another way to force the user back to the execrable and hated Metro UI, meaning Microsoft has pretty much just spit in the faces of their users and has indicated that it no longer has any real interest in remaining in the business of making products its customers want. The outrage that will be engendered by such a slimy move will make the anger triggered by the original Start Menu removal look trivial.
User Rank: Strategist
6/26/2013 | 7:00:29 PM
re: Microsoft Build: 3 Windows 8 Questions To Answer
The product people at Microsoft should be fired for the poor understanding of how users with desktops - not tablets - use software and interact with their computer.

I've used MSFT for years - way back from MSDOS - and through the ups and downs of the OS I have continued to use it to get my work done. But looking at Win 8 I have for the first time thought of moving to Linux with VirtualBox to run the needed Windows software.

If MSFT continues to disregard the desktop users they will damage themselves beyond repair. Sure tablets are great for certain things like consuming content but who would do serious work on a touch screen PC, laptop or tablet.

Astonishingly the product group at MSFT does not seem to get that.
User Rank: Strategist
6/26/2013 | 6:28:29 PM
re: Microsoft Build: 3 Windows 8 Questions To Answer
This is my opinion as a computer
professional since 1989 that has been with every Microsoft operating system
since DOS 3.0.

1. A Touch interface for the
Desktop and laptop computer market is not needed.

2. The Windows 8 Touch interface;
is nice for a tablet or cell device. However, can use polish, and made to be
more logical, friendly. Microsoft needs to test product with people who do not
use computers, and see just how easy their product is to operate. Novel Idea
huh? Apparently too simple for Redmond.

3. My advise to Microsoft, from a nobody. We Peons do not like to feel ruled over.
Do not tell the world you will change a major OS without asking....what
people want? and force a change, shoving it down our throats. Most people who
are not computer savvy look at Windows 8 Like a blueprint of Chicago, they are

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