Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Jan 2014 20:17 UTC

One more tidbit about Windows 8.1 Update 1 from my aforementioned source: Update 1 may feature some of the work that Microsoft has been doing behind the scenes to reduce further the memory and disk space requirements for Windows. This would allow Windows 8.1 Update 1 to run on cheaper small tablets.

Windows 8.1 Update 1, screen shots of which leaked earlier this week, is expected to allow users to pin Metro-style/Windows Store apps to their desktop task bars. Thumbnail previews of these Metro-style apps will be available from the Desktop task bar, according to additional screen shots. Windows 8.1 Update 1 also is expected to include close boxes for Metro-style apps.

Seems like some welcome changes, but it's going to take a lot more for people to warm up to Metro. The biggest problem to me is that since there aren't any compelling Metro applications, there's simply no reason to put with its idiosyncrasies, especially on desktops. I cannot think of a single Metro application that is better than its desktop counterpart, nor is there any Metro application that is better than similar applications on competing platforms.

Developers need users, and users need developers. Right now - Metro seems to lacks both.

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it takes more to warm up to Metro.
by gehersh on Mon 27th Jan 2014 22:36 UTC
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I can assure you that majority of large corporations and educational institutions will *never* warm up to either Metro or Windows 8, and that represents rather substantial part of Windows' users. At least till some kind of compatibility mode will be introduced that allows Windows user to do things they way they did in Windows 7. And no dependence on touch screen, please.

It's one thing when you have a posting from a single user saying "Gee whiz I got a Surface 2 and I just LOVE it" and another thing when IT department of a large shop with hundreds or thousands user analyzes all possible implications resulting from moving to Windows 8. Who do you think contributes to the "big picture"?

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