Vizio Ready to Usher in the Holiday Shopping Season with Bloat-free Windows 8 PCs

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Zoandar

Microsoft invented "bloat" in PC operating systems and has carefully cultivated it to extremes over the decades. Using "bloat free" when referring to any Windows PC is an oxymoron.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Retarded people should have simple computers. I think it's a great time to be retarded.

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Cregan89

I used to be a computer technician, and now I'm a software engineer. I know more about computers than probably 99% of the readers on this site.

With that being said, I've just become tired of configuring and reconfiguring my systems, updating the software on them, backing them up, restoring them, troubleshooting, editing system files and settings, etc. Technology has come a long way since the days of Windows XP, and I for one am grateful that finally I can log into a brand new Windows 8 computer with my Microsoft Account, and all of my customizations, settings, files, and purchased applications are all automatically synced from the cloud. I'm grateful that I can legally purchase software with the single click of a button, that I can trust the intentions of that software, that it installs automatically without the need to go through an install wizard or type in any products keys, that the software will automatically update itself in the background without me ever noticing, that I can easily find the software from a centralized application store, all while supporting the hard work of the application developers. I'm also grateful that I can then log into my smartphone with the same Microsoft Account and all of my files, contacts, music, and emails are all now automatically synced to my phone. I'm grateful that I don't have to manually transfer my files to my other devices over USB cords, as it's all in the cloud. I'm grateful that I can access my data from anywhere in the world without having to run an expensive server from my home while eating up the bandwidth costs over my home internet connection. I'm grateful that my technology is finally starting to "just work".

It's not about being "retarded". It's about getting the most out of our technology. It's about using technology to do the things you want to do without having to worry about the technology itself.

So you guys have fun with your weekly backups, disk images, file transfers, USB syncing, etc. My devices do all of that stuff for me, so I can spend more time doing more important things.

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captainjack

I should introduce you the Bullwinkle J Moose. That would be an epic throwdown.

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Cregan89

Oh I've already met with him a couple times...

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applejack

Now now, there are people that don't know better and/or people who can't learn tech to save their life that benefit from these. They're not all 'retarded'.

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captainjack

I'm not a fan of the push for Pc touchscreens but I can possibly see how it would be usable on a laptop. You're hands are pretty close to the screen already so tapping the screen could be faster than using the trackpad.

That being said, touch makes no sense on the AIO's. Firstly if you have a screen 24 inches or bigger, it's probably towards the back of your desk: meaning you have to stretch your arm ever time you want to use the screen. Also because of the bigger screens you have to move your arm more just to use the basic features. This is fine for most minor tasks but as soon as tasks becomes navigation intensive touching becomes a pain.

It's kinda like the wiimote. It sounds wimpy to say you're arm gets tired playing the wii, but point you're arm at the tv for more than 45 minutes and playing gets tedious.

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Strangelove_424

Plus it's oily and nasty. Anyone who puts a finger to my matte screen pulls back a stump.

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4twenty

Lol, 'pulls back a stump'

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DU00

Same here. Annoys the crap out of me when I'm showing something to one of my friends/family and they touch the screen when pointing. I haven't resorted to dismemberment yet but...

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Samuel.Aldrich

So happy to see bloat free PCs, I didn't think they existed? Imagine the money PC manufacturers could save if they didn't slow down our new PCs with their crappy software...

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phoenixjc

Having worked for a PC manufacturer in the past, it actually would cost the company money to remove that bloatware. Manufacturers get paid to install the trials and other items on your brand new computer, and more if the customer decides to purchase the full program from the trail. Not to mention, that because that software slows your computer down, if you are average joe computer user, you will believe that your system is in need of replacement sooner as a result, spurring new sales.
Then don't forget the additional paid tech support that most PC manufacturers offer now to assist in removing spyware and viruses, as well as advanced how-to's and so on...
Bloatware can be quite lucrative.

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Samuel.Aldrich

Good point... Still there are products specific to the manufacturer such as Asus or HP specific software that comes with full versions. I just don't understand why, maybe they can make money off of people buying full versions?

I get installing trials for programs like Microsoft Office makes some mula but it has to cost to make the manufacture specific programs that are full programs. I just would like bloatware free computers...

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phoenixjc

Agreed. I have dealt with vendor specific applications before that crash on day one (Lenovo Battery Minder, I am looking at you...)
As for the full version applications that some manufacturers include, I can't really speak to those. Most that I have dealt with were either free versions that were somewhat limited (but offered a "Pro" version that you could buy), or a time limited demo of said full version. The few items that I have run into where I got a full version were typically games.
I agree, bloatware free computers would be nice. Dell tried this approach with their Vostro line of computers. Had a couple clients order those ones, and they had next to no additional software on them (I think a trail of an AV product, but nothing else). It was refreshing, but I don't know if they have continued with that concept.

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Granite

And it starts...

In ten years or less, the mouse and keyboard will only be used by diehards...such as those who continue to use XP today.

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super_legit

Is it just me or do those computers look exactly like Macs

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Neufeldt2002

Yup, it is the start of the Mac Clones.

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chipmunkofdoom2

Uummm... title says "boat-free"? Personally, I'd prefer the PC that includes a boat.. but that's just me.

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Paul_Lilly

Thanks for the heads up. It should have (and now does) read "Bloat-free," although for the record, I'm pretty sure Vizio isn't including boats either.

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Gauntylgrym

That's my biggest beef with Win8: no boat.

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dedgar

That's one reason I'm not onboard with Win8.
No boat.

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