Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Nov 2012 01:41 UTC
Windows "Despite the fact that I've been using Windows 8 for the past three weeks, I somehow managed to overlook a rather stark feature in the OS: ads. No, we're not talking about ads cluttering up the desktop or login screen (thankfully), but rather ads that can be found inside of some Modern UI apps that Windows ships with. That includes Finance, Weather, Travel, News and so forth. Is it a problem? Let's tackle this from a couple of different angles." Hadn't seen them either - I don't use those applications - but this is pretty despicable.
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RE[6]: Ads? in MY Windows?
by Dave_K on Sun 11th Nov 2012 02:31 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Ads? in MY Windows?"
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All I can tell that Windows 8 truly has over its predecessor is a few speed improvements and a nicer Task Manager, the ability to mount ISO disc images (something virtually every UNIX-like OS has been able to do natively for years...) and maybe a few other extremely minor little details that aren't even worth mentioning... that's pretty much it. Meanwhile, the negatives of the charms bar constantly popping up on the right side of the desktop and all the other Metro annoyances make it poor as far as usability goes as a standard desktop.

I'd agree with that 100%.

Even some of the advantages that Windows 8 does have can be added to previous versions of Windows. There's Process Explorer if you need a more advanced task manager, and of course there are freeware utilities to mount ISOs. Ignoring the awful "Modern UI" crap and the removal of the Start Menu, the differences between Windows 7 and 8 are pretty negligible.

As for the speed increase with Windows 8, I suspect some of the perceived responsiveness is down to the removal of transparency, dropshadows and other visual effects from the UI. Turning off those effects was always one of the tricks for speeding up Windows 7 on a slower system. Not that I've tested this for myself when comparing 7 & 8...

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