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[5]: Start Button Useless??
by M.Onty on Wed 26th Jun 2013 20:27 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Start Button Useless??"
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"(and the reason they are right is because I think the same thing, ergo they are right). "
No, the reason they are right is because the majority agree. They know the majority agree because they asked people and because they used the telemetry (customer experience program) to see how people use the product. You are not the target demographic. You find people who agree with your opinion because you're on a website full of people just like you. Microsoft speak to more people every day than you will in a lifetime, and they listen more than you do. The fact that they put the button back and did almost nothing with the menu is a testament to this.

Well, fair enough, I was being somewhat bitchy.

Strictly speaking I am sort of within the target demographic though. Yes, I visit this website, & yes that makes me a member of the geek-sheeple hoard who are (its is said over & over again) not at all like the mythological Joe Sixpack. But Windows has 90% of the market & that includes the great majority of people with a modest-to-good knowledge of computing.

As to their market research, obviously they have done their homework much more thoroughly than the haters. But that doesn't mean they are necessarily right. The problem with asking people what they want is that when you give it to them, they'll suddenly tell you they actually want something else. Polls don't predict elections all that well, Ford's customers wanted a faster horse &c.

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