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: Start Button Useless??
by Fusion on Wed 26th Jun 2013 22:21 UTC in reply to "Start Button Useless??"
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To be more clear, I *like* Windows 8 for its overall performance and *some* of its UI-related optimizations. (Even feels snappier than Win 7 on the same hardware.)

My opinion related squarely to the 'Menu' situation... that was the point of my original 'lame sauce' gripe...

Win 8's full-screen ("start menu") feels more like a schizophrenic merging of a HUD (chock-full of *currently* mostly useless items) with the Win7/Vista (indexed-searchable) Start Menu. Full-screen overlays like this may make sense where screen real estate is severely lacking AND where *heavy duty* multi-tasking is less necessary---e.g., tablets and phones. My desktop, however, has a 27" display (which I bought) to show multiple apps/info simultaneously.

Press the Win 8 Start menu, and my current apps and desktop (EVERYTHING) disappears. I'm presented with several large, useless TILES that (mostly) link me to single-use (metro style) 'apps' that I will never use on a desktop. (At least not in their current iterations...). The net impact here is that I get to traverse the mouse (and my eyes) over 27 inches of useless crap, just to find something. If I type a string of text, hopefully I was just looking for an stand-alone application.....because if I was looking for an "app" buried inside the cluster F@*# known as Control Panel, then I get move my mouse (or tap a bunch of tabs/arrow keys/enter) to select "Settings" sub-search...or "Files" to find a file. Then I get to move my mouse (or tab/arrow/enter) over to the complete opposite side of the screen (along with tracking my eyes over there) to select what I was looking for. (Hopefully I didn't type my search term incorrectly, or I've got a couple more trips in store.)

Win 7 menu is less obtrusive and more to-the-point. My eyes and mouse remain fixed in a narrow (read: useable) area, while the rest of the desktop and apps are all visible in real-time at glance. Maybe I'm following directions from a webpage HowTo that involves several steps deep into the start menu.... maybe I'm keeping an eye on an activity output... maybe I'm just watching a movie. Type a string into the menu, and I get ALL results (applications, docs, control panel apps), and all is wonderful with the world.

Point is: if I'm *WORKING* in "desktop mode", that means I would like to remain there... until I specifically *CLOSE* desktop mode. Using the 'start menu' as a tactic to attempt pulling me out of my functional, multi-taskable desktop, into a flat-but-flashy arguably useless Metro UI works against what I am trying to do.

Don't get me wrong, I don't oppose a metro-style HUD of sorts. Apple's dashboard implementation, for example, gives a good balance of HUG elements that can be easily called upon for a quick "what's up" state of affairs. Also helps minimize clutter from desklets/applets.


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