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4/12/2014
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Michael Endler
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Microsoft's 5 Next Tests

Microsoft made progress during the past few weeks but still has important things to prove. For starters, think Start screen and wearables.
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In a screenshot from Microsoft Research's now-removed video, Live Tiles can show deeper content, such as an email inbox, and even launch desktop applications.
In a screenshot from Microsoft Research's now-removed video, Live Tiles can show deeper content, such as an email inbox, and even launch desktop applications.

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RobPreston
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4/14/2014 | 4:45:13 PM
Re: Optimistic
In response to DDURBINI, I don't recall the likes of Novell, WordPerfect, or VisiCalc losing to Microsoft because they lacked a willingness to change. They made great products but were simply buried by Microsoft's near-monopoly market/bundling strength and financial resources.
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4/14/2014 | 4:39:14 PM
Re: start screen
Probably sooner than later all apps will be Metro apps (bye bye desktop) so get use to them. :-)
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4/14/2014 | 4:33:25 PM
Re: start screen
The start sceen might be very useful to you... But for me the start screen and metro apps are useless on a non touch device.
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4/14/2014 | 4:06:27 PM
Re: start screen
Returning the start menu will help with Win7 transition however the start screen is very usefull.  What needs to be fix most is the dual personality going from Desktop to Metro apps.  I've been told to just not use the metro apps but why then provide them at all. Microsoft needs to make up its mind and provide one environment instead of two. 
DDURBIN1
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4/14/2014 | 3:54:18 PM
Re: Optimistic
Less optimistic.  Remember Novell?  Remember Wordperfect?  Remember VisiCalc?  These companies suffered at the hands of Microsoft because they lacked a williness to change, put profit formost while lacking in customer focus or concern.  Great desciption of Microsoft now.  The phrase "the worm has turned" comes to mind.
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4/14/2014 | 2:46:21 PM
Re: Optimistic
I defintely remember the pre-Facebook Internet world. I fact I remember a pre-WWW IT world. Ahhhhhh the good old days.
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4/14/2014 | 9:03:18 AM
Re: start screen
I have Win 8.1 running on an old Vista era laptop that I had XP on. Since this is not my main system I am trying to learn to use the interface without any third party add-ins. Leaving the start screen on the apps screen instead of the tile screen gives me pretty quick access to the apps I want to use. And right clicking the start icon gives the control panel etc. stuff I also want to use. This exercise is not to prove MS was right but just to see what I can learn. I remember when they went from Win 3.1 to Win 95 and introduced the start menu, I hated it and my initial thought was to put a bunch of open folders on the desktop to simulate the old 3.1 interface. I don't want to be caught in that issue again, so I am trying to adapt. That being said I also installed Ubuntu on the same laptop and had it create a dual boot for me and I am also trying to learn to use Unity which I hate about as much as Win 8's interface.
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4/14/2014 | 8:54:12 AM
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Michael Endler
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4/13/2014 | 12:00:10 PM
Re: "Microsoft additionally made most Windows licenses free for OEMs" is not accurate.
Thanks for your comment. It occurred to me after the story posted that "most" wasn't great diction. As you point out, free licenses apply to smartphones and tabets with screens smaller than 9 inches. Free licenses will also apply to the future "Windows for IoT" OS, which I think will debut sooner than later. In a sense, this means most licenses have been made free, since phones and "things" will likely consititute a bigger percentage of new Windows licenses than traditional PC/laptop/server licenses do. But still, probably could have been phrased better.
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4/13/2014 | 11:04:41 AM
start screen

Windows 8.1 is much improved over 8 in my opinion. I have it running on my laptop and with an add on for the start menu, which mimics the windows 7 start button, it runs the way i like it. I don't see the start screen being used on non-tablets. The full screen apps are pointless on a laptop. I would like to see MS give you the option for installing the start screen. Why do you need it on a laptop?

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