Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Jan 2014 23:13 UTC

Microsoft is once again planning to alter the way its Start Screen works in Windows 8.1 Update 1. While the software giant originally released Windows 8.1 last year with an option to bypass the "Metro" interface at boot, sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed to The Verge that the upcoming "Update 1" for Windows 8.1 will enable this by default. Like many other changes in Update 1, we’re told the reason for the reversal is to improve the OS for keyboard and mouse users.

Wow, a touch interface does not work with a mouse and keyboard. Who saw that coming.

I expect photos of many people eating crow.

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It's really not so bad...
by novad on Fri 31st Jan 2014 06:17 UTC
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Personal opinions are worth what they are worth, but nevertheless, here is mine.

It’s some time now I work in IT and I’ve used more or less everything that MS has released since windows 3.1 and NT3.51. There have been many reasons to complain about MS in the past and there are still some today, but most of what I hear since Win7 is nothing more than a Pavolvian rant against MS.

First: Stability… Windows 7 and more have become rock solid… Be honest. How many BSODs did you have on these Windows versions without tweaking the system to death??? I suspect this number to be very low except if related to defective hardware.

Second: Security… Windows has always been the target for every possible security attack. This has forced MS to work as well on the security context in which the user work which now is much closer to what’s used in Linux as well as the inherent kernel security. It’s much more complicated to exploit a loophole in a well secured Windows box than it is on MacOS or even most Nuxs (even for an “out of the box system”). Since Vista and the introduction of the UAC Windows has become a really safe place. There are still morons that disable the UAC by default as there are Nux users who always work as root. Stupidity is universal and no technology can totally avoid that.

Third: Driver compatibility… On this one there is just no discussion possible… For one device that won’t work on Windows you have hundreds that won’t work on (insert OS you want here). It has always been a pain (and sometimes impossible) to make every single device work on my hardware when I used Nux instead of Windows. Most problems I had were with WLAN, printers and Video. I’m aware that problems are almost always caused by lack of support by the hardware manufacturer but in the end the result is the same. A big headache

Fourth: Worth for the money… This one is trickier as it depends on what you do and how much time you need to set it up on your box. On the server side Linux has still an important place but there are 2 technologies where MS has dramatically improved its serves. Hyper-V and Storage Space. These could be game changers for virtualization and scale out storage. For the rest, no major change.

Fifth: Manageability… Just one word (ok… three) GPO

The last is a more personal comment about Metro. I had to work with it and hated it from the first second. It’s not bad for tablets or phones (I won’t talk about the lack of Metro apps) but is really a pain on the desktop. I really tried to get used to it but after a few days I gave up and installed a start menu replacement. For those who really used Windows 8 (Like I did), the 8.1 update has really brought a lot of improvements. The return of the start button (even if very different from what we had in 7) is really a blessing. The tweaks made to the metro interface itself and the integration of some functionalities that always relied on external software (Fingerprints or GSM) is really nice. I’m still not a fan of Metro on the desktop (far away from it) but it has become much better than the complete failure it was with 8.0. There is still one thing that won’t get better over time and that I deeply hate… It’s the way MS tries to tie everything to a MS account. It becomes sometimes really tricky to use some functionalities without an MS account.

Edit: Typo corrected

Edited 2014-01-31 06:20 UTC

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