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[5]: Start Button Useless??
by StephenBeDoper on Thu 27th Jun 2013 20:12 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Start Button Useless??"
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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RE[7]: Start Button Useless??
by ricegf on Fri 28th Jun 2013 11:11 in reply to "RE[6]: Start Button Useless??"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

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.


I would argue that the option of having a maximum of two apps side by side is right over there next to having a maximum of one app full screen.

The opposite of both is a windowing operating system that allows the user to arrange applications in the most useful configuration - which on a desktop with a mouse and keyboard, is the productive system IMHO.

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