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[7]: Start Button Useless??
by WereCatf on Thu 27th Jun 2013 01:08 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Start Button Useless??"
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Well since you asked. Most nerds see the start menu as a heirarchical list of applications just like it was in 1995. They are unable to accept that for quite some time now this is not the primary function nor the most efficient way to use the menu.

Efficiency depends on the person using it.

Ask yourself, are you the guy that still uses "run" under Windows 7/8 rather than just type the command in and press enter?

Some things yes, because there are no menu entries for everything and for e.g. the command-line hitting Win+R and typing "cmd" is a much faster way of launching it than doing a search.

Do you launch Explorer and then use the search box?

If I have to locate a specific file under some specific file-hierarchy, yes.

Do you waste hours of your life "optimising" the start menu heirarchy so you can find your applications "faster"?


Do you open Control Panel and browse to an applet?

Yes. Once you've learned where the applets are it's faster to just click your way there than doing a search.

Do you (and I feel dirty just saying this) still use folders to sort and find office documents rather than metadata and search?
Do you, perhaps, see no reason why metadata is better and more flexible than folders? (hint, folders only let data be in one place!)

Ah, here's the multi-million dollar question: I have plenty of other files than just office documents and not all files I have contain any meaningful metadata! If you only handle office documents then good for you, the rest of us have lots of other kinds of files to handle and searching for them is simply no workable replacement for a good hierarchy.

If you can answer yes to any of these questions then you're in the minority, and should be using a Start replacement. Everyone else understands.

Drop down from your high horse and break your neck. There is no "understanding," there are differing tastes and needs.

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