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Windows 8.1: 8 Essential Facts
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speedo1456
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speedo1456,
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7/21/2014 | 6:55:42 PM
stepping over to win 8.1
I'm very cautious to make the step to that new operating system. Actually I did not even make the step to Windows 8.  Eventually no one escapes from that, but I think that is normal. I will make the step as soon as I buy my Nokia Windows phone that really impressed me.
iminmessaging
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7/10/2013 | 11:43:28 AM
re: Windows 8.1: 8 Essential Facts
Well, Windows 8.1 is the latest release from Microsoft and clearly not everyone is familiar with it. It is way advanced as compared with Windows 7. This post is really very helpful for people like me who are not very much familiar with Windows 8.1. Thanks for sharing this post with us.
AsokAsus
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7/5/2013 | 10:10:09 PM
re: Windows 8.1: 8 Essential Facts
Uh, bringing back the Start Button that does nothing more than provide yet one more means to take one back to the hated, productivity-killing, single-window, no-taskbar, touchy-feely, flashy-blinky Metro UI screen instead of actually restoring the Start Menu is hardly addressing the issue. It's more like a spit in the face to Microsoft's remaining PC users.

Furthermore, if Microsoft was sincere in honoring the wishes of users who choose to boot to desktop in 8.1, they would also automatically alter ALL of the file associations that they ordinarily default to Metro back to any desktop programs that support those file associations. They would also restore the Start Menu.

Of course, by not doing any of the above, the boot to desktop option is merely a hollow sop whereby Microsoft can pretend they are "listening" to their users and pretend they're still interested in the enterprise and SMB PC markets, because without the file association changes, one still mysteriously and automagically ends up back in the execrable Metro over and over again, creating chaotic confusion for most users who don't have a clue as to what is going on, where they went to, how they got there, and even worse, how to get OUT of Metro UI!

Bottom line, Windows 8.xxxxxxx still doesn't have a snowball's chance in Hades of being adopted by the enterprise and SMB. That well has already poisoned, not to mention the fact that IT folks at these places aren't fooled by nonsense like Ballmer's "refined blend", which sounds like it was lifted from a bad 1970's TV ad for instant coffee crystals or a "premium" motor oil.

The "refinded blend" of Windows 8.1 is akin to Coke "refining" New Coke by "blending" half original Coke and half New Coke and putting it in new cans and telling their customers that they were "listening" to them! Microsoft's users can tell the difference between a kick in the teeth and actually being listened to. This "refined blend" is being NOT listened to and it is NOT going to go well at all for Microsoft.

The enterprise and SMB are still going to skip Windows 8.xxxx just like they did with Vista and hope Microsoft comes to their senses with Windows 9 after Ballmer is fired. And if Microsoft still insists on shoveling out cell-phone operating systems on the PC after Windows 8.xxx, then the enterprise and SMB will start to seriously look at non-Microsoft alternatives.
Palpatine
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7/2/2013 | 6:22:06 AM
re: Windows 8.1: 8 Essential Facts
Another lackluster release. MS clock is running out of time to stay in business, even their top manager prefers working with Zynga...
Michael Endler
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7/1/2013 | 6:58:38 PM
re: Windows 8.1: 8 Essential Facts
Great point-- you can run it on a virtual machine. But the point about installation was basically that the preview is for tech savvy people. Though mass market familiarity with VMs is increasing, I think such a solution still supports the article's caution.
ANON1246375404037
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7/1/2013 | 5:56:33 PM
re: Windows 8.1: 8 Essential Facts
Why not load the beta as a VM -no mention of this in article
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7/1/2013 | 4:50:36 PM
re: Windows 8.1: 8 Essential Facts
"The Start button is back, but rather than summoning Windows 7's Start Menu, the Win8.1 version redirects to an "All Apps" screen"

That's great, now if they could just shrink the start screen down, maybe have it display in a little window so as not obscure everything I'm working on, and maybe add folder organization, it'd be perfect.

Wait...

Didn't we already have that?


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