Windows 8 aims to answer some longtime Microsoft OS gripes, from slow startup times to mediocre mobile tools.
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Why does Windows 7 hide its search tools, which are something most of use every day? If you want to search for a file or program on your PC, you'll need to click the Start button first. Not exactly intuitive. And to search the Web from the Windows Desktop, you'll need to install a desktop gadget like All Search.
Of course, Windows 7's search tools aren't challenging for seasoned PC users, but there's always room for improvement. Microsoft takes a smarter approach with Windows 8 by adding search to the Start screen. Prominently positioned on the Charms sidebar, the Search app extends across the entire screen when displaying the results of your queries.
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Nov. 10, 2014Just 30% of respondents to our new survey say their companies are very or extremely effective at identifying critical data and analyzing it to make decisions, down from 42% in 2013. What gives?