Windows 8's coming-out party was a bust. How should Microsoft revive its flagging Windows franchise?
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Windows 8 has style, but often at the expense of usability. Many key features are hidden from plain sight. How do you turn off your PC? Well, mouse over to the Charms bar, click Settings, then Power, and then Shut Down. Need to find a file on your PC? Go to Charms/Search/Files. Sure, a quick tutorial will reveal these secrets, but a few more visual clues might make the Modern UI a bit less intimidating to long-time Windows users. Another plus: More clues might lower employee training costs for enterprises making the leap to Windows 8.
Recent reports suggest the next Windows upgrade -- known either as Windows 8.1 or Windows Blue -- will include several usability enhancements, such as making the venerable Control Panel accessible from the Modern UI, rather than from the desktop only.
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