Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Apr 2013 13:43 UTC
Windows This is interesting. "Microsoft is planning to change the way its Start Screen operates with the release of Windows 8.1. Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed to The Verge that the company is currently testing builds of Windows 8.1, known as codename Windows Blue, that include an option to boot directly to the traditional desktop. We're told that the option is disabled by default, allowing users to simply turn on the functionality should they want to avoid the 'Metro' Start Screen at initial boot or login." This won't disable Metro; the hot corners, task switching, and everything else that makes up Metro is still there. All this does is load up the classic desktop as the first application upon boot. Update: The Start button might be returning too.
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Quicker fix than for Vista
by benali72 on Wed 17th Apr 2013 08:11 UTC
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That Microsoft is fixing the UI problem for desktop/lapto users in 8.1, rather than 9, underscores the severity of this fiasco. Corporate sales aren't moving forward as MS expected.

Unlike Vista, MS couldn't wait for the next major release to fix this one. MS is in real trouble.

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RE: Quicker fix than for Vista
by ricegf on Wed 17th Apr 2013 11:53 in reply to "Quicker fix than for Vista"
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Of the top 5 laptop sellers on Amazon, 2 are Win 8, and of the top 10, 5 are Win 8. For any other operating system, this would be a major coup, but for Win 8, it's a disaster - especially with Linux holding the top spot for so long. Never thought I'd see that happen in my lifetime.

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Reports indicate Google has sold 500,000 Chromebooks in two years. Microsoft sold 400,000 Surface Pros in a month. 1.2 million Surface RTs in Q4.

Meanwhile Surface is a "failure" but Chromebooks are a roaring success, despite ChromeOS having a lower marketshare than Windows RT.

Windows Phones routinely top the best sellers list on Amazon, it never really correlated to anything there either.

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