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Old 04-04-2014, 01:57 AM
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8 sucks...........8.1 is a big improvement.
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Old 04-04-2014, 03:15 AM
 
Location: Buckeye, AZ
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I've used Microsoft interfaces since the 3.1 days on my family's first Packard Bell desktop. I've used 98, XP, Vista, 7 and 8 on laptops and/or desktop. I must say through my limited usage of 8 is the most confusing if you back-up into the homescreen. I get it, it is the same as the XBO, Windows Phone and tablet software but for a traditional desktop/laptop, it is weird. Even my mother who uses the computer has issues with the homescreen from time to time. I'm sure if you use it enough it will become somewhat second nature but if I can't get it and I usually am able to pick up the shortcuts to maneuver around, there might be a problem. No idea if my mother's has 8.1 right now though.
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:33 AM
 
Location: Sector 001
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It's the most stable operating system they have had so far, I have no major issue with it. All the icons that would normally be on the desktop are on the start screen.. I like how pushing the windows key will preempting anything going on and show the start screen.

If it was cheaper (pretty sure I got all my copies for 20 bucks due to some deal) more people would use it. Charge a flat 40 bucks for the end user instead of 75-100... although admittedly for the use you get out of it, it's probably worth the 75 bucks.

The addition of the start button to bring up the start screen in 8.1 was a nice addition from 8. Although any power user can add stuff like the "control panel" and other stuff to the start screen, for the novice user they should have this stuff on there by default.
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Old 04-05-2014, 09:06 AM
 
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I set up my neighbor's and friend's Windows 8.1 machines and I'm not so put off by the OS anymore. However, this next update is much needed, IMO.

Windows 8.1 Update available April 8th, includes keyboard and mouse improvements | The Verge

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After months of leaks, some by Microsoft itself, Windows 8.1 Update will finally be available next week. Microsoft plans to distribute its latest Windows 8.1 update to existing machines through Windows Update on April 8th, although MSDN and TechNet customers can download it today. The software maker has been accused of going too far with its Windows 8 vision and forgetting the huge amount of people that still use desktop PCs and laptops. Windows 8.1 Update is the latest effort to address those concerns. "I think we did a little too much too quickly, and we didn’t do enough for the mouse," admits Microsoft’s Chaitanya Sareen. Windows 8.1 Update is aimed squarely at mouse and keyboard users.
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Caverns measureless to man...
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Windows 8 soon to be more like Windows 7 - Apr. 4, 2014

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But the tweaks are less about Microsoft running away from
its controversial Windows 8 redesign and more a concession that the company
tried to transition traditional PC users over to the radically different design
of Windows 8 too quickly.


And if anything, Microsoft's decision to cater to these unconvinced users
isn't a step backwards -- it's a ploy to reel them in.
So. Evidently not just you, then!
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:32 PM
 
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I won't use W8 because MS removed WMC which I need for recording TV shows. W7 works best for me.
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:54 PM
 
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No, it's not just you. The sensible thing is to stick with Windows 7 until they stop supporting it. If it's like the case with XP, it will be a LOOONG time.

Windows 7 machines are easy to buy. Many businesses are nowhere near ready to switch from Windows 7 because of compatibility issues.
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Old 04-06-2014, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I won't use W8 because MS removed WMC which I need for recording TV shows. W7 works best for me.
They gave it free to the early adopters. It isn't technically removed, it will just cost you an extra $100.
That's all.
Dumb move Microsoft...
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Old 04-06-2014, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Buckeye, AZ
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They gave it free to the early adopters. It isn't technically removed, it will just cost you an extra $100.
That's all.
Dumb move Microsoft...
Just like how office doesn't come free with the computer anymore.
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Old 04-06-2014, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Pawling, New York
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Just like how office doesn't come free with the computer anymore.
Same here. I hate having to pay an extra $140 for Office .
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