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 phoenix on Thu 27th Jun 2013 15:48 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Start Button Useless??"
phoenix
Member since:
2005-07-11

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


Which shows more on a 20" screen:
- 2"x2" tiles per application (or even 0.5"x0.5"), or
- 12 pt font in an organised list

Even if the start menu only takes up about 3" of horizontal space, you get a lot more text onscreen than using huge graphical tiles. Especially when there's full-colour icons next to each text entry in the start menu to help differentiate entries, while there's only 2-toned (usually just white) icons inside the tiles.

On a small device like a phone or a tablet where you use your fat fingers as pointing devices, the tiled start screen with large touch targets makes sense.

On a large device like a 15" or larger screen, where you have to move your mouse completely across your mouse pad to move across the screen, the tiled start screen is stupid. At least with a start menu, you can see and focus on the entire thing without moving your eyes, and you can reach anything in the menu with just a tiny movement of the mouse.

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.


Which makes you wonder, why even bother with creating the start screen in the first place?

I think that these are very niche scenarios (as Microsoft's usage stats


Self-selected stats by those too ignorant to disable it are useless.

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RE[8]: Start Button Useless??
by lustyd on Thu 27th Jun 2013 16:55 in reply to "RE[7]: Start Button Useless??"
lustyd Member since:
2008-06-19

"Which shows more on a 20" screen:
- 2"x2" tiles per application (or even 0.5"x0.5"), or
- 12 pt font in an organised list "

Search results aren't on 2" tiles though. Try the product before complaining in future!

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RE[9]: Start Button Useless??
by phoenix on Thu 27th Jun 2013 17:10 in reply to "RE[8]: Start Button Useless??"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

I have tried it, and found it to be completely useless.

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