Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Jan 2013 23:40 UTC
Windows Pokki is a start menu replacement for Windows - and it has already been downloaded 1.5 million times for Windows 8. "Since the launch of Windows 8, we've seen over 1.5 million Pokki downloads on the new OS itself and users opening the Pokki Menu an average of 10 times a day. These early numbers demonstrate that users enjoy being able to instantly access and discover apps, straight from the desktop." And this is just one of the countless replacements. Microsoft should've never kept the traditional desktop in there - they've given users the ability to escape Metro, and this will only hurt the new environment.
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Just a thought...
by bowkota on Thu 17th Jan 2013 00:22 UTC
bowkota
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2011-10-12

Obviously a large part of users are using the traditional desktop out of habit; we are after all creatures of habit.

On the other hand, perhaps the problem lies in Metro, it's inefficiency, shortcomings etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTYet-qf1jo

Edited 2013-01-17 00:22 UTC

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RE: Just a thought...
by llorllale on Thu 17th Jan 2013 01:08 in reply to "Just a thought..."
llorllale Member since:
2013-01-17

That has to be the absolutely most whiny review on the planet _ever_.

I still don't get why people are still using the Start menu. Tools like Launchy make the job wayyyyyyy easier and more effective.

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RE[2]: Just a thought...
by Dekonega on Thu 17th Jan 2013 01:43 in reply to "RE: Just a thought..."
Dekonega Member since:
2009-07-28

I personally feel the review is just about right. I tried to use Windows 8 since the "Release Preview" as my primary Windows "desktop". And I gave up like two weeks ago, reformatted and returned to Windows 7 on my Windows box. The exact reason for this was that the "Windows 8 was unusable". It is "so poorly designed" that I was experiencing hard difficulties which were actually "preventing getting me getting my work done". I think Microsoft didn't care about the input their customers gave them during the development of Windows 8. There are bazillion of things which could have been done in much better fashion.

As for your question, maybe people just like, like to see, and search, what they want, instead of remembering the name of the application or object they're trying to find? :-)

Learning names of the computer applications for most of the common folk is very difficult. They don't want to learn stuff like that. They understand the system better if they can just see "a big blue e" icon which they know presents "the Internet" for them.

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RE: Just a thought...
by wojtek on Thu 17th Jan 2013 10:26 in reply to "Just a thought..."
wojtek Member since:
2010-01-24

I've watched this video a while ago and gooood, it sounded like a total rant but at the time I wasn't using win8 so was a tad indifferent to it.

Recently I've finally installed win8 and guest what - now I think even less about the video/this guy... bottomline of the video is that win8 is difficult and after a while he can't still wrap his head around how to operate it.
Well - don't know about him but:
* after startup you have an quick introduction how to navigate (i.e. tip about hot corner) -- hard to miss, displays every time you create account
* after that I don't know what's difficult to remember that you have to point your mouse to the corner to get to the start/switch apps...

above goes also for the one video that circulated the web demonstrating that removing of start was a mistake. Ok - the guy sat his father in front of already launched win8 in desktop and there were no indication what to do beside start app. This had a few shortcommings:
* missing introduction video again
* by default win8 launch into start screen and not the desktop
* and the last - if he sat his father that don't have any prior knowledge of windows in front of vista/7 then the plain orb would be as informative as sitting in front of win8 desktop mode...

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