Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Jan 2014 23:13 UTC
Windows

Microsoft is once again planning to alter the way its Start Screen works in Windows 8.1 Update 1. While the software giant originally released Windows 8.1 last year with an option to bypass the "Metro" interface at boot, sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed to The Verge that the upcoming "Update 1" for Windows 8.1 will enable this by default. Like many other changes in Update 1, we’re told the reason for the reversal is to improve the OS for keyboard and mouse users.

Wow, a touch interface does not work with a mouse and keyboard. Who saw that coming.

I expect photos of many people eating crow.

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RE[6]: It is a shame
by Odisej on Fri 31st Jan 2014 10:10 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: It is a shame"
Odisej
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2006-05-11

For some it may be true. My anecdotal evidence shows that even people who are willing to play around with linux distros and different GUIs/DEs don't like the way Windows 8 work.

I don't think we should be looking for absolute reasons. Everyone that detests Windows 8 has a valid reason for it.

I think it would be a very nice gesture from Microsoft to allow automatic downgrading for non "business" versions of Windows 8 as well.

Edited 2014-01-31 10:12 UTC

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RE[7]: It is a shame
by MOS6510 on Fri 31st Jan 2014 10:33 in reply to "RE[6]: It is a shame"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I agree that Windows 8 has room for improvement and it isn't a slik experience so far.

But I think there's perhaps a difference between playing with it and working full-time.

When I use Windows 8 I can spend most, if not all, time in classic desktop mode and it works just like, well, Windows.

If you play you'll probably switch a lot between Metro and Classic, but also use a number of useless Metro applications. Then you get a different experience than when you really work with it.

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RE[7]: It is a shame
by kwan_e on Fri 31st Jan 2014 11:18 in reply to "RE[6]: It is a shame"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

My anecdotal evidence shows that even people who are willing to play around with linux distros and different GUIs/DEs don't like the way Windows 8 work.


Yes, but more than likely people who are willing to play around with Linux distros like Linux regardless and are more likely to hate Windows regardless.

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RE[8]: It is a shame
by Odisej on Fri 31st Jan 2014 11:45 in reply to "RE[7]: It is a shame"
Odisej Member since:
2006-05-11

True. But still many of them are using Windows 7 and think it is a great product.

Anyway, we are discussing tastes. There is no end to such discussions.

One thing is clear though. As the numbers show Windows 8 is not doing as planned and Microsoft is trying to correct some mistakes. Unfortunately, as it seems to me, their initial approach is at fault and you cannot correct it with a service pack.

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