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8 Reasons To Hate Windows 8.1
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RoleG356
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2/4/2014 | 2:59:09 PM
Re: SORRY Microfoft but..........
You obviously don't know what you are doing.  Your friend needs another friend that does to help them out with 8.1.  The amount of time you spend bitching and moaning in your post was longer than a short tutorial or article (readily availabe) that would have gotten both of you going full speed on Windows 8.1.  Some people are just resistant or pathetic.
RoleG356
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2/4/2014 | 2:53:03 PM
Re: Windows 8.1 Metro Apps
If it is so hard for you, don't use Metro Apps at all.  We don't, because we don't need them at work, but not because it is difficult to swap screens.  If you are really a PC literate person, grow up and quit fighting things that are not hard to adapt to.  You are doomed in the near future if you can't get past XP or Windows 7; that will likely be the easiest thing to adapt to if you aren't already 85 years old or going senile sooner.
RoleG356
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RoleG356,
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2/4/2014 | 2:50:00 PM
Re: Windows 8.1 Metro Apps
Adapting to Windows 8.1 is not difficult at all.  I disagree strongly that learning IOS or Android is easier than going from Windows XP or 7 to 8.1.  We have converted dozens of users to 8.1 defaulting to the desktop view, and none of them have had problems...and they are not IT staff either.
djameson910
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2/4/2014 | 12:52:04 PM
Application Recent Documents
One of the things I liked best about Windows 7 was the recent documents for each application on the Start Menu.  The only realy complaint I have about Windows 8.1 is that the Start screen tiles do not have app-specific recent documents.  I know I can still pin an application to the Task Bar, but I use too many applications to pin them all without overly cluttering the Task Bar.
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2/4/2014 | 10:07:22 AM
Re: Windows 8.1 Metro Apps
ChrisN432,  Plainly put it is easier to switch and learn iOS or Android than to learn Win8.  I said nothing about Mac OS.  My comment about Mac OS is that all previous versions of Mac OS upgrades didn't require the learning curve needed with Windows 8 upgrade to continue to be as productive.  By the way there are no touch screen iMacs or Macbooks and there are good reasons which Microsoft is learning the hard way.
DDURBIN1
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2/4/2014 | 9:56:32 AM
Re: Windows 8.1 Metro Apps
@ChrisN432, the move from win3.1 to win95 was a HUGE improvement.  The move from Win7 to Win8 is NOT and in fact a huge step backwards for desktop point and click users.  There is no advantage to using Metro over Desktop and forcing the user to switch between them is rediculous. Dr. Frankenstien could not have created a more skitso enviroment.
ChrisN432
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2/3/2014 | 8:38:23 PM
Re: Windows 8.1 Metro Apps
@DDURBIN1 I'm going to disagree. On a small level, there were several things I had to learn how to do just upgrading my iPad to iOS 7. Over the years, I'm sure there have been plenty of things that had to be learned when new iOS versions came out, the same as new versions of Windows. The big difference right now is that Microsoft chose to make a major, fundamental change to Windows with Windows 8. That's definitely going to mean learning some new things. However, that's life. We're always resistant to change. Microsoft has done something nobody else has done so far, and they took a risk doing it -- they've made everything work and look the same, from phones, to tablets, to laptops to desktops. I really like it, but that's because I could tell from the display models in stores that a non-touchscreen laptop with Windows 8 would be aweful, and I had an open mind. Not only does everything look alike, but it all knows everything I've done. I can sit down at my desktop, and start to type a URL address into IE. It can be a URL I've only ever been to on my laptop, but my desktop knows about it. It's magic!

 

As far as 8.1 is concerned, I don't know. I upgraded my laptop to it when it came out, but that was a disaster. It turned my favorite computer I've ever owned (and I've owned tham all the way back to the IBM PCjr) into the worst. That's because it reduced the sensitivity of the touchscreen to where it barely worked, and it disabled the bluetooth. There was no Windows 8.1 compatible driver for the bluetooth on that computer, and I suspect, a similar problem with the touchscreen.

 

Learning Android (I've had Android phones and an Android tablet) isn't that easy, beyond just the basics. I'm totally lost trying to do anything on my daughter's macbook. Learning Windows 8 wasn't too difficult, and I'm not a geek. All you have to do is read up on the tips and tricks stuff and watch a tutorial or two. I've been using it for over a year, and I'm still learning. however, I've been using earlier versions of Windows for decades, and Windows 7 at work, and I'm still learning things on those too. Nothing new there.

 

Were you around when they went from the old Windows 3.1 to Windows 95? That was a pretty major change, as I recall, and took a lot of getting used to.
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2/3/2014 | 8:25:13 PM
Re: Windows 8.1 Metro Apps
Yeah. That's why I said Windows 8 sucks without a touchscreen. Don't do it!
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2/3/2014 | 1:24:33 PM
Re: Windows 8.1 Metro Apps
@ChrisN432, try doing that from a non-touch screen laptop with no mouse, just the touch pad.  Not simple, really.
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2/3/2014 | 1:13:44 PM
Re: Windows 8.1 Metro Apps
@ChrisN432.   No Mac user has ever had to do any actions for an OS upgrade to understand how to keep using it.  To a lessor extent neither has an Android user.  Plainly put, from Win7 it's easier to switch and learn iOS or Android than to switch and learn Win8.
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