Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Jun 2013 16:41 UTC
Windows Microsoft has released the Windows 8.1 preview for download, but they region-locked it to 13 specific languages, and Dutch is not one of them. So, even though my Surface RT has been completely and utterly English from the day I bought it, I can't install Windows 8.1 and tell you something about it. Those of you who can download it, why don't you tell us what it's like - or you can head to The Verge who got early access. In case you couldn't tell, I'm a little annoyed that we're arbitrarily being left out once again.
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RE[6]: Start Button Useless??
by lustyd on Wed 26th Jun 2013 19:48 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Start Button Useless??"
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"Why, therefore, have most chosen not to go full screen, by complaining at Microsoft & not buying their new system? I suppose very few people must fully understand the options."

Well since you asked. Most nerds see the start menu as a heirarchical list of applications just like it was in 1995. They are unable to accept that for quite some time now this is not the primary function nor the most efficient way to use the menu.

Ask yourself, are you the guy that still uses "run" under Windows 7/8 rather than just type the command in and press enter?
Do you launch Explorer and then use the search box?
Do you waste hours of your life "optimising" the start menu heirarchy so you can find your applications "faster"?
Do you open Control Panel and browse to an applet?
Do you (and I feel dirty just saying this) still use folders to sort and find office documents rather than metadata and search?
Do you, perhaps, see no reason why metadata is better and more flexible than folders? (hint, folders only let data be in one place!)

If you can answer yes to any of these questions then you're in the minority, and should be using a Start replacement. Everyone else understands.

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