Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Apr 2012 07:41 UTC
Windows While I was fast asleep, Microsoft unveiled the SKUs for Windows 8 - and we're in for a surprise. Yes, after years and years of fully deserved mockery for releasing 343 versions of each Windows release, the company has seen the light and reduced everything to just four - of which only two, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, will be freely available in stores.
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RE: I'm getting old
by BluenoseJake on Tue 17th Apr 2012 15:27 UTC in reply to "I'm getting old"
BluenoseJake
Member since:
2005-08-11

You know the desktop is still there, right? and that it works pretty much the same as in Windows 7, except for the missing start menu. If you don't, please do some research, maybe try out the Consumer Preview.

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RE[2]: I'm getting old
by Ultimatebadass on Tue 17th Apr 2012 18:08 in reply to "RE: I'm getting old"
Ultimatebadass Member since:
2006-01-08

Yeah, I know.

I tried both previews and that "except for the missing start menu" thing is a huge dealbreaker for me. They could've left some kind of setting to turn it on or off but they removed the thing completely which suggests they are treating the "legacy" desktop as a 2nd class citizen.

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RE[3]: I'm getting old
by modmans2ndcoming on Wed 18th Apr 2012 00:49 in reply to "RE[2]: I'm getting old"
modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

hit the windows key and then type the name of the program...Crazy...a fast and efficient way to get access to your programs with out any crazy keyboard shortcuts.

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RE[3]: I'm getting old
by tomcat on Wed 18th Apr 2012 02:24 in reply to "RE[2]: I'm getting old"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

Yeah, I know.

I tried both previews and that "except for the missing start menu" thing is a huge dealbreaker for me. They could've left some kind of setting to turn it on or off but they removed the thing completely which suggests they are treating the "legacy" desktop as a 2nd class citizen.


StarDock is re-introducing the Start Menu in Win8.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Windows-8-Start-Menu-App-Stardock-...

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RE[2]: I'm getting old
by WereCatf on Wed 18th Apr 2012 09:46 in reply to "RE: I'm getting old"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

You know the desktop is still there, right? and that it works pretty much the same as in Windows 7, except for the missing start menu. If you don't, please do some research, maybe try out the Consumer Preview.


The issue as I see it is that eventually more and more applications will be ported over to the Metro-interface and will scrap the regular desktop-interface. Similarly, I fully expect some companies to be stupid enough to sport a desktop-interface for legacy Windows and force Metro-interface on when being run on Windows 8. The more of the applications you need to run use Metro-interface the more jarring the constant switching between Metro and no-Metro will become, severely reducing producitivity.

As for me, personally, I *could* use Windows 8 as it isn't missing any actual feature I need. But I don't want to use it I squarely use desktop-style applications, I have absolutely no use whatsoever for the new Start-menu, and I really hate the idea of everything being fullscreen on a 24" display.

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RE[3]: I'm getting old
by BluenoseJake on Wed 18th Apr 2012 20:48 in reply to "RE[2]: I'm getting old"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

I love the thought of having 2 monitors, metro on one, legacy on the other, with the best of both types of apps running on each one. Kind of a clean break between work (win 7 desktop) and play (metro)

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