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With all due honesty... I was actually expecting a start menu... not just a start orb.

but even so, I would've been happy with Metro and what not if it weren't for the Secure boot junk.
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You think its broken.

You are entitled to what your personal view of their vision is. I'm sure others entitled to theirs too.

Lest you be so arrogant as to shove your opinion down others throats.

People have different preferences after all.

Dumb questions for you and any other user who's enjoyed the Windows 8 experience.

Has Windows 8 improved functionality and productivity over Windows 7? If so, how?
    
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So people who are criticizing the MAJORITY for not liking W8 is funny. Get it right, you guys are the MINORITY here. MS thinks that 8.1 will have people actually buy PCs with W8 and Tables with W8? That's even more hilarious. Microsoft is failing every single day. They think consumers are stupid and they won't realize their new "start" button is the same crap. It's going to be funny when more companies come out against Microsoft. In top of that all the negativity of Xbox One makes me very happy.

Can't wait to see the numbers next year so I can laugh. Will not support MS anymore until their Ballmer is fired. To him respectig and satisfying customer isn't his priority.
Although I agree their current strategy is bonkers, I wouldn't count MS out just yet. They have past experience with coming to market with inferior products that are refined and marketed until they dominate the competition (Excel vs. Lotus 1-2-3, Word vs Wordperfect, Internet Explorer vs Netscape). Come to think of it, that didn't work so well MS Search/Bing, so this could turn out bad for them tongue.gif. In any case they have the resources to screw up more than a few times before they figure how to optimaly abuse their knowledge and control of the desktop to gain mobile market share.
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Dumb questions for you and any other user who's enjoyed the Windows 8 experience.

Has Windows 8 improved functionality and productivity over Windows 7? If so, how?
For me, yes. I put the applications I use on the start screen, and so when I turn on my computer, I just press the tile for the application and it opens instantly. It is quicker than opening the start menu, and it is large and easy to press quickly. Additionally, I very frequently use the keyboard shortcuts accessible from the new power menu that is accessed by Win+X. In fact, that is so useful that I instinctively try to use it on Windows 7.
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It should be a Windows update, and hopefully it'll be available through the normal Windows update channels.
It will be available through the Windows Store.
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I guess it will take Windows 8.2 for there to be a Start menu comeback, along with windowed Metro apps - which at least a third party program can already do. This may seem like nitpicking, but it's a fundamental thing. Having two desktops, even though with a much more elegant transition now, that can't really interact effectively with each other is bound to bring all sorts of usability problems and limitations.
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With all due honesty... I was actually expecting a start menu... not just a start orb.
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Even with these changes, pressing the Start button still takes you to the same place.
It's funny when people don't read. biggrin.gif

Yes, it is, but are you sure you're replying to the post you wanted to ? Your post doesn't make sense when it's quoting that sentence from my last post. Pressing the Start button [in Windows 8.1] still takes you to the same place [as in Windows 8].

It's a prettier place, with the option to show the desktop background and more tile sizes (I think they should still add two more sizes, one using the space of 2x2 rectangular tiles horizontally, and one using the space of three rectangular tiles vertically), but it's still the Start screen.
Edited by tpi2007 - 5/30/13 at 11:29pm
 
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Constantly bringing me back to Metro does not make it better. The problem for Microsoft now, is that when I next shop for a phone or tablet, I'm just going to remember that Metro sucks, and I will look for another another Droid or iPad (I have both).
Yes, that is a big problem. I can see how constantly being brought back to the main touch interface on a device whose only input method is touch would be off putting. It is the main problem I have with my Surface.
not sure if serious...
post #48 of 160
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Dumb questions for you and any other user who's enjoyed the Windows 8 experience.

Has Windows 8 improved functionality and productivity over Windows 7? If so, how?

Better multimonitor functionality. Cloning of the taskbar across multiple screens is very useful. Start Screen can be accessed from any monitor, giving you the ability to launch any program from whatever monitor you happen to be on, instead of having to go back to the primary monitor. Keeping all my programs on the Start Screen allows me to keep my desktop clean for whatever projects I happen to be working on.
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Dumb questions for you and any other user who's enjoyed the Windows 8 experience.

Has Windows 8 improved functionality and productivity over Windows 7? If so, how?

multi screen funcunalitiy
no need to search for programs in start (link the program to metro for easy access)
right click on the location of "start" have maney fast access links
buildin programs for stuff like PDF (no more need for adobe) ,camera (dosnt need to search for some programs to use my laptop camera) ,mutil account mail program and so on
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multi screen funcunalitiy
no need to search for programs in start (link the program to metro for easy access)
right click on the location of "start" have maney fast access links
buildin programs for stuff like PDF (no more need for adobe) ,camera (dosnt need to search for some programs to use my laptop camera) ,mutil account mail program and so on
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Not having a start menu (as opposed t a jumbled mess of tiles) is precisely why this interface is completely unusable by me.
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