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[8]: It is a shame
by lucas_maximus on Sun 2nd Feb 2014 17:55 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: It is a shame"
lucas_maximus
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2009-08-18

As a W8/TIFKAM/Metro/Modern fan can you please take the time to explain why 'charms' and the need to click on a few pixels on some really strange place on the screen that is not marked is such a great, fantastic, wonderful, earth shattering idea?


Why is the start bar so damn good when it requires you do to the same thing in a different part of the screen?

Charms are weird, but for me "oh that is over there and I click here". General Internet reaction "Microsoft has broken the whole of Windows forever and ever and ever and ever and ever".

Now I am moody person and very judgmental (especially when it comes to anything interface wise) when I am saying "you are whining" ... damn people are whining.

You know what really pisses me off, when a UI is deceiving.

* I recently had to use MySQL, the only decent GUI tool on Windows that was simple was HEIDI SQL. Unicode pound sides were coming out wrong. I was sure I was sending everything UTF8, wasted a few hours debugging ... it was a bug in the GUI.
* Viewing a photo in G+, it looks like a new Windows ... so you press backspace to move to the page before, but it isn't a page it is a lightbox that is fullscreen.

Anyway it is all academic.

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RE[9]: It is a shame
by Nelson on Sun 2nd Feb 2014 20:48 in reply to "RE[8]: It is a shame"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Also worth noting is that nothing on the charms bar is an essential feature, so it being discoverable doesn't actually hurt anything.

In 8.1 there was a huge push for on screen cues for Search within various apps.

I think what you mention speaks to the crux of this argument, that some people on this website take understandable criticisms to the extreme.

Its okay to dislike some of the design direction in Windows 8.1, I have my reservations as well. What I think is unreasonable and hyperbolic is the rhetoric that gets thrown around.

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