Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Jul 2012 23:39 UTC
Windows Ars Technica is running an interesting article about the Mail application on Windows 8. It's one of the first party Metro applications, and Ars' conclusion is that it's really, really not up to snuff - it can't even compare favourably to the mail application on Windows Phone. The sad thing is, however - this applies to virtually all Metro applications.
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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by Neolander on Sat 14th Jul 2012 12:38 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
Neolander
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2010-03-08

Some of the bundled Windows software does have some use, IMO...

-The file explorer. It's far from perfect but it does the job, especially when tweaked with Classic Shell to bring back the up button. And unlike the alternatives, it's free. Still a shadow of its former XP self, though, in my opinion.
-Paint did save my life from time to time when I couldn't install something else (locked-up PC).
-MSconfig and the "management console" (or whatever it's called in English) are great for turning off bloatware when removing them through a fresh install is not an option.
-While Notepad is pretty bad, Windows 7's Wordpad is decent. As an example, it does properly open text files from all OSs. It can also offer Abiword-like basic formatted text editing (which is sadly enough for many people, who have never learned how to get the most of a word processor).
-And the basic photo viewer and scanning tool do their job, sometimes better than the manufacturer-provided bloatware for the latter.

Edited 2012-07-14 12:42 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Sat 14th Jul 2012 15:10 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Luminair"
Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

yes they have uses. I use them too, sideshows that they are. and the biggest feature of windows 8 is a new bunch of microsoft sideshows.

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RE[3]: Comment by Luminair
by zima on Wed 18th Jul 2012 18:55 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Luminair"
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2005-07-06

-While Notepad is pretty bad, Windows 7's Wordpad is decent. As an example, it does properly open text files from all OSs. It can also offer Abiword-like basic formatted text editing (which is sadly enough for many people, who have never learned how to get the most of a word processor).

It's sad in the other direction - I mean, there's really nothing wrong when people could be generally happy with something like Abiword (even something between Abiword and Wordpad, really; preferably with a touch of Lyx or TeXmacs) ...and yet, they often still insists on MS Word.

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RE[4]: Comment by Luminair
by Neolander on Wed 18th Jul 2012 19:51 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Luminair"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

"-While Notepad is pretty bad, Windows 7's Wordpad is decent. As an example, it does properly open text files from all OSs. It can also offer Abiword-like basic formatted text editing (which is sadly enough for many people, who have never learned how to get the most of a word processor)."

It's sad in the other direction - I mean, there's really nothing wrong when people could be generally happy with something like Abiword (even something between Abiword and Wordpad, really; preferably with a touch of Lyx or TeXmacs) ...and yet, they often still insists on MS Word.

I guess that this is an inescapable outcome when the de facto standard for editable text documents is a proprietary file format...

Regarding the "there's nothing wrong with people being satisfied with Abiword's feature set", I don't know... It sure is perfect for quickly writing small documents, but anytime I see someone manually parsing a 30-page document just to rectify hand-applied title formatting, I die a little on the inside... I'll be the first to admit that modern "heavy" word processors have too many features, but there are a few gems that everyone should know about IMO.

Edited 2012-07-18 20:00 UTC

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