First look at Windows 8.1

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  1. alanm

    alanm Ancient Guru

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    Jensen Harris, Director of Program Management for the Windows User Experience team shows off Windows 8.1 in new vid:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VQb5caeSo00

    Of course, he's using a touch screen to show us 8.1's finer side. This is not Windows to me. As a desktop, mouse/KB user, doesnt show me diddly squat how 8.1 will improve the way I work on my PC over 8 let alone 7. Nothing he's shown here relates to how I work on my PC.


    edit: clarification to my above rant:

    http://forums.guru3d.com/showpost.php?p=4691778&postcount=646

    I blame Jensen Harris for his piss poor presentation which seemed to solely target touch screen users.
     
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  2. Ghosty

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    I can't see any useful features for me. I don't really care much for the Metro UI, I don't mind it but I go straight to desktop view as soon as Windows boots. Also, didn't even show the start menu.
     
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    Touch screens on a computer.

    Oops, put a smudge on the screen. Damn that new plain look white theme Microsoft have gone for (Office 2013 etc), every single mark shows up. Hmmm, better wipe it off. Oh crap! just loaded up every app on the computer getting that smudge off.

    There are a lot of people out there disappointed with touch screens, it didn't make their porno's any more immersive.

    If you actually watch the video, you will notice it isn't so much discussing Windows 8, as it is promoting the Microsoft tablet things (whatever they're called), and Skydrive.
     
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    Skydrive, well that's a new idea.... Ripping off others yet again.
     

  5. SacredKnight27

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    I have no use for Skydrive, but I've actually grown to quite like Modern UI, even on the desktop, so I'm intrigued with the improvements. I mean, I'm still on the desktop probably 90% of the time, but have no trouble navigating Modern and welcome upgrades that would invite me to spend more time there.
     
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    lol, this guy's a hardass

     
  7. Ghosty

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    Almost all machines come with touchscreens....sounds like he has never built a PC. Noob.
     
  8. Arctucas

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    I was intrigued and hopeful when I read that Microsoft was re-introducing the Start button with Windows 8.1. Now, I am convinced Microsoft is completely out of touch with the wants and needs of the everyday desktop user.

    Windows 8 should have been named Windows Portable, or Windows Mobile, because that is where the OS is specifically targeted.
     
  9. alanm

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    Funny but hard hitting article.

    Windows 'Blue': Microsoft blows it

    excerpts:
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  10. lucidus

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    Better than what released in October but still nothing compelling for a non-touch PC and laptop. If I want touch, I will get an iPad (already haz) or an android equivalent. MS can dream on.

    From the above link, is this ****ing piece of **** true?! Why not just remove the desktop and put an advert for Linux Mint?!

    [​IMG]
     
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  11. SacredKnight27

    SacredKnight27 Master Guru

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    The start button leading to the start screen is exactly what I wanted, personally. I didn't want, and more importantly was reasonable enough to not expect, a backtrack to the return of the old menu.

    The alleged loss of the Libraries however, that is disconcerting.
     
  12. sykozis

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    When did MS say that the start menu was returning? All I've read is that the start button is returning and will be used to access "MetroUI".

    Skydrive is nothing new. It's actually quite old now. It pre-dates most of the current cloud storage schemes. This is a case where MS jumped on board early and others have followed suit.
     
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    Not at all, Skydrive's initial release was in 2007. Cloud computing is nothing 'new' the initial concept behind it dates back to the 1950's and 60's (research 'dumb terminal'). Basically all Microsoft did was adopt an idea and build on it, just as much as any other recent cloud based storage company. So in reality, by your definition every new cloud based storage company is 'ripping off' someone's idea.
     
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    EDIT - Delete me - Misread
     
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    Have to admit, I'm using windows 8 and not disliking it so far, but if they keep going this direction and push it even further...

    God have mercy on us.
     

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    I hated it when it first arrived, went back to 7 after a few weeks of misery using 8, but decided to give it another shot a week or so ago and killed Metro & returned my start menu with StartIsBack, plus used a local account instead of live login, and so far so good

    Bugs I was having originally seem to have been ironed out, and keeping away from Metro makes it almost a decent experience, I don't see any need to reinstall 7 atm
     
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    You're free to post your own glowing reviews, previews or opinions of 8, 8.1. In case you werent swayed by Jensen Harris presentation. :)
     
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    I really wonder what Microsoft's plan "B" is if 8.1 fails. As far as I know win8 usage in the world is nearly %5, more or less. Let's say after Blue update this percentage is %7.5 max. Then what?
     
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    Then we the consumers and even their enterprise clients will be wrong again and they'll come out with 8.2.
     

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