Linked by snydeq on Tue 4th Jun 2013 01:46 UTC
Windows First looks at Windows 'Blue' have revealed an upgrade composed of cosmetic fixes, suggesting that Microsoft may be blowing its chance to turn the tide on Windows 8 blow back, and make good on its promise to truly 'rethink' Windows 8 with the release of Windows Blue. As a result, InfoWorld has issued an open letter to Microsoft to consider Windows 'Red' -- what InfoWorld is calling a 'serious plan' to fix the flaws of Windows 8, one that could rescue Microsoft's currently flagging promise to deliver a modern computing experience on both PCs and tablets.
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Microsoft won't listen
by cmost on Tue 4th Jun 2013 02:48 UTC
cmost
Member since:
2006-07-16

Many of InfoWorld's solutions are common sense. Personally I don't understand why it didn't occur to Microsoft design Windows 8 in the first place to work differently on traditional desktops/laptops while activating its touch centric features on tablets and touch-capable netbooks. Honestly, how hard is it to detect whether touch is available or not and then install an appropriate desktop and feature-set accordingly. While Windows 8 has its fans, most people I know definitely don't like it. In fact, on every machine on which I install Windows 8, I also install and configure the free tool Classic Shell to restore the start button and offer to bypass Metro. These two steps has made Windows 8 usable again. I agree that the changes in 8.1 (Blue) will help, they don't go far enough in cleaning up the colossal mess that Windows 8 has become.

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RE: Microsoft won't listen
by Nelson on Tue 4th Jun 2013 13:52 in reply to "Microsoft won't listen"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Because Metro is input agnostic. Mouse, Stylus, Touch, etc are all handled through universal input.

We haven't seen the full extent of the Blue changes, so its a bit premature to say they haven't done enough.

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jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

Metro may aim to be input agnostic, but it does so poorly.

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RE: Microsoft won't listen
by Nelson on Tue 4th Jun 2013 13:53 in reply to "Microsoft won't listen"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Because Metro is input agnostic. Mouse, Stylus, Touch, etc are all handled through universal input.

We haven't seen the full extent of the Blue changes, so its a bit premature to say they haven't done enough.

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RE: Microsoft won't listen
by UltraZelda64 on Wed 5th Jun 2013 18:06 in reply to "Microsoft won't listen"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Honestly, how hard is it to detect whether touch is available or not and then install an appropriate desktop and feature-set accordingly.

For years, Microsoft has been king of auto-detecting settings for just about everything, pre-configuring them, and once activated, they tend to just work. So really, for Microsoft, such a thing shouldn't be hard at all--in fact, it should be in like with what they've traditionally done in their quest to make their operating systems "easy to use" for the masses.

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