Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Jun 2013 16:41 UTC
Windows Microsoft has released the Windows 8.1 preview for download, but they region-locked it to 13 specific languages, and Dutch is not one of them. So, even though my Surface RT has been completely and utterly English from the day I bought it, I can't install Windows 8.1 and tell you something about it. Those of you who can download it, why don't you tell us what it's like - or you can head to The Verge who got early access. In case you couldn't tell, I'm a little annoyed that we're arbitrarily being left out once again.
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RE[4]: Start Button Useless??
by lustyd on Wed 26th Jun 2013 18:50 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Start Button Useless??"
lustyd
Member since:
2008-06-19

What is it that you use the rest of the screen for after clicking start other than search or start menu links? If you click elsewhere then it disapears so it may as well be full screen to make it more useful. Not a fact, but most who understand the options would choose fullscreen.

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RE[5]: Start Button Useless??
by M.Onty on Wed 26th Jun 2013 18:57 in reply to "RE[4]: Start Button Useless??"
M.Onty Member since:
2009-10-23

... most who understand the options would choose fullscreen.


Why, therefore, have most chosen not to go full screen, by complaining at Microsoft & not buying their new system? I suppose very few people must fully understand the options.

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v RE[6]: Start Button Useless??
by lustyd on Wed 26th Jun 2013 19:48 in reply to "RE[5]: Start Button Useless??"
RE[5]: Start Button Useless??
by WereCatf on Wed 26th Jun 2013 19:01 in reply to "RE[4]: Start Button Useless??"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

What is it that you use the rest of the screen for after clicking start other than search or start menu links?


To see the rest of the screen, obviously.

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v RE[6]: Start Button Useless??
by lustyd on Wed 26th Jun 2013 19:41 in reply to "RE[5]: Start Button Useless??"
RE[6]: Start Button Useless??
by Nelson on Thu 27th Jun 2013 11:25 in reply to "RE[5]: Start Button Useless??"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

I realize its your preference, but wouldn't you rather be able to see more results on screen?

You can also pin the actual folder that the "All Programs" reside in from the Start Menu directly to your Taskbar. Then getting a traditional view of your Start Menu's apps is a tap away.

I think that these are very niche scenarios (as Microsoft's usage stats indicate) but nonetheless, anyone who wants to certainly can retain a lot of the old functionality.

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

What is it that you use the rest of the screen for after clicking start other than search or start menu links? If you click elsewhere then it disapears so it may as well be full screen to make it more useful.


While you can't interact with the rest of the screen while the start menu is open, you can still see the rest of the screen. Nine times out of ten, when I open the start menu it's for something related to one of the windows/applications that are currently open & I find it helps to be able to see/refer to them.

Not a fact, but most who understand the options would choose fullscreen.


For heavy multi-tasking, at least, I beg to differ.

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RE[6]: Start Button Useless??
by Nelson on Thu 27th Jun 2013 22:00 in reply to "RE[5]: Start Button Useless??"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Windows 8 apps were only optionally full screen - from day one you've had the option of having two apps side by side. This is pretty much the opposite of full screen.

With Windows 8.1 the snapping of apps side by side is variable, and the amount of apps snappable side by side has increased depending on resolution/display size.

With 8.1, a lot of the Windows 7 work flows are now possible with modern apps.

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