Windows Blue Confirmed by Microsoft Job Postings

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Shalbatana

Hey this is great! I just hope they change what's actually not working, and not just change what they feel would be fun to mess with in a new way.

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Eoraptor

so this is "over a year after the fact we've decided to try and modify the windows 8 experience"?

Just drives me up the wall... pretty much from the word go everyone who laid hands on Windows 8 previews told microsoft all the things they had done wrong, at evry turn. And yet, Redmond insisted on bulldozing on, damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead.

Only now, months after launch, with windows sales tanking to vista levels, their hardware received as luke warm at best, and a desperate push to move customers to a "locked in for life" subscription service on their only other profitable product, do they consider that maybe they made a mistake and need to look at retooling the interface.

forget windows blue, will the last engineer leaving redmond please shut off the lights? the rest of the computing world seems more interested in moving on.

Really, a year ago who would have thought the one good thing anyone would be able to say about Microsoft would be that they put out a decent browser. ecxept that IE 10 is STILL not final to windows 7

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Exarkun1138

I was one of the ones who hated the idea of Modern UI when it was first shown as a feature for Windows 8. Then, back in late November I loaded it on my 2 year old Dell Laptop, just for the heck of it. I promptly got spoiled by Modern, and I actually LIKE it.

All this hatred for what amounts to nothing more than an EXPANDED Start Menu that is by FAR easier to navigate than the previous versions. Now, I ask all you haters, how often do you spend time IN Start Menu in 7, Vista, XP and so on? If you say A LOT, then you have been using Windows all wrong this whole time. Modern is nothing more than the Start Menu, but with added functionality! It's cool to have something different now, after having the same ole Start Menu for so many iterations of Windows.

8 is FAST, clean, stable, and boot and shutdown times are quick. Sure, Aero is gone, but SO WHAT! Geeez.....the haters hate JUST to hate. Gadgets are also gone, but I got them back, and they work just fine. If you HAVE to have Aero, there are hacks for that too, but I like the new look. I like the fact as my background pics change, so does the color scheme for the window frames! Keeps it looking fresh!

Now, a couple of weeks ago I decided to install Windows 8 on my main home PC. I went from 7 on it, just like with my laptop, to 8. I can't see ANY reason to go back to 7. I get all the speed, power, and MUCH better Copy/Move features and the Task Manager kicks A$$!!
Network speeds are faster, file access is faster, and all my programs run as they did in 7. Multi-Monitor Support is native with separate backgrounds for each monitor (I have 3), and the task bar expands across all three without there being a system tray except on my main monitor, AND, the program that is running on that monitor ONLY shows up on that monitor's task bar! Just like UltraMon! Oh, did I mention native ISO support??? It's AWESOME!!!

Sorry haters, I just don't buy your hatred. Windows has to change or it will stagnate, and I'm afraid that is what can be said about a lot of you Windows Users.

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CyberCam

So you're upset that the majority of users don't like Win8??? You post an opinionated long rant on your Win8 transition and then proceed to call others haters because they are not on the same page as you???

Wow! Who cares if others don't like Win8, if you like it use it. The key here is that everyone has an opinion & a choice and there are plenty of desktop OS options out there.

It seems you want everyone to use your main choice of desktop OS and have all others die, thus funnelling everyone down one path and removing ones choice.

Here's a tip for swaying peoples opinions... Don't insult them!

Good luck with your Win8 crusade. LOL!

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Exarkun1138

WOW! Way to OVER ANALYZE what I said. I can assume Psychology is NOT your profession based on that rant of yours. I am addressing those that hate 8 due to what I see is no big deal.

Show me where I "want others to die" because they don't share my opinion? I'd certainly like to see that, thanks so much!

I also stated how I switched DESPITE my early assessments of 8, like the others on here, that Modern UI was gonna suck. I see now that it works fine, and is nothing more than an expanded Start Menu.

And, lastly, these are MY, and I will repeat, M Y opinions, and I am as entitled to them as anyone on here. You don't like it? OH WELL! Don't read 'em!

Thanks so much, and make it a great day!

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

You can be a professional asshole now? What degree is that? I might want to change my major....

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Exarkun1138

You obviously know more about that than me. So go hit the books on being an Asshole and get back to me when you graduate. Shouldn't take you long at all, since you are an expert!!

Thanks so much, and make it a great day!

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whelderwheels613

You're trivializing other peoples opinions by calling them haters, when their opinions for not liking Windows 8 are just as valid as yours for doing the opposite. I can tell that being an intelligent human being is not your profession either, based on the fact that you claim that this is your opinion, yet you denounce any others that don't exactly align to yours. The so called 'haters' aren't going to hate for the sake of hating, they 'hate' for reasons either because they have tried 8 and decided that the improvements you noted don't sequester the caveats, or they realize that 8 may not be worth the upgrade from given its marginal improvements, and decide to wade out 8 until the next iteration, both reasons that are perfectly legitimate.

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Exarkun1138

I compared what they claim as being "issues" with what I experienced, and made my points. I said what I found in 8 as MY reasons for going with it and liking it. I never "trivialized" anything. I mentioned "haters" because even Gordon of MaxPC said he's tired of the haters that are hating 8 simply because it's different, and not because they've actually USED it fully yet! I played along those lines, and that was it.

People on here will do whatever the frak they want, and I couldn't care less whether they agree or disagree with MY opinions. If they do, great, enjoy. If they don't, great, enjoy!

What I gathered from both yours and the other two responses to my post is all you saw was "haters" and deduced from there. Did you even read what I posted about MY experience and why *I* decided to go with 8? I guess reading comprehension is not your profession either, eh?

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maxeeemum

@Exarkun1138 (once again)

Nice try Microsoft PR team

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/windows_8_worse_start_vista2012

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Exarkun1138

Not PR. Just my opinion. You disagree. That's cool. I don't care.

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Electrik

Usually a job listing asks for qualifications, not an exact description of what you will be doing. MS is usually pretty mysterious with their products until release time.

This looks more like an apology than a job posting.

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Xenite

Why hasn't Mr. Clean been fired yet? Microsoft under his leadership has been one disaster after another.

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bpstone

While I am by no means a fan of Microsoft or their choice of CEO, I actually feel a bit sorry for the guy considering what he has to deal with on a regular basis. Generally it was good that Microsoft was pushing for something new instead of the same old user interface. What I did not like is them trying to push this Windows 8 Metro garbage down my gullet so they could get their precious foie gras. Giving people the choice to choose which of the two user interfaces without having to hack it would have a smarter move in my opinion. Arch, CentOS and Windows 7 do just fine for me.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

LOL. I always call him Dickhead. He's also a dead ringer for Peter Boyle in Young Frankenstein.

A megalomaniac CEO surely can do a lot of damage to any company.

"If we can't a job better than the competition, we'll simply bully vendors and consumers for domination of the markets...."

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AFDozerman

In light of some things that have been said about my opinions on 8, I actually tried a little experiment the other day. I set aside a third partition on my hard drive, one for linux Mint, one for Win8, and on the third, I reinstalled 7.

I played around with the two windows for a couple of hours, rebooting every twenty minutes or so, and I realized that metro actually had me a bit spoiled. Every time I booted into metro, I clicked my game/cgi/media editor/whatever before I ever entered the desktop straight from metro. In comparison, the start menu just kind of pissed me off; having to click through lists and so on with no icons to look at, instead, relying on reading words that may or may not be correct. Things also seemed a bit smoother, although I can probably attribute that to there being no aero- something I do miss. In the end, people's complaints against metro are still unfounded based on what see.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Good for you. But I don't want a smart phone on my desktop.

Now go tell Ballmer you hit your quota for the day.

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fung0

If only the Start menu were the worst thing wrong with Windows 8...

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Scatter

I'm not a big fan of the Start Screen or the store but honestly I probably haven't looked at either more than 3 times in the month or 2 that I've been running Windows 8. Otherwise Windows 8 does seem to boot and shut down faster than Windows 7 did and I've only run into one program that hasn't been compatible so far (Kaspersky Pure).

So share with us. Other than the Start Button tell us of the evils of Windows 8.

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Scatter

You know, I HATED it that Microsoft removed the Start button from windows 8 but I felt that I needed to install and get familiar with Windows 8 since I repair computers for a living. I ended up installing "StartIsBack" and now I actually like Windows 8. Its amazing how such a small thing can make such a huge difference.

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Penterax

And you can go tell Apple you met your anti-MS BS quota for the day.

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jmazz

I never got why there were so many Windows 8 haters. Win 8 has a much faster start up (I can get 5 sec. on low end notebook!(dual core 1.6,4gb)), a much more capable task manager,a great copy/paste dialogue with pausing/cancelling etc, and an amazing search. Is that not enough? Frankly I don't see why people cant just deal with metro..it takes one click to get back to the desktop. All you power users are starting to become like the n00bs who cant handle change.

Anyways, I guess I'm looking forward to "Blue" - hope they don't change the UI too much though.

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SkavenUk

LOL. After whining about users hating the new UI you then give us this gem -

"Anyways, I guess I'm looking forward to "Blue" - hope they don't change the UI too much though."

Windows 8 is great if you have a tablet or mobile device, if your on a Desktop PC you may as well throw your copy out the window. Oooh, 5 sec startup time, well that will certainly make me throw down more money. People don't like it, move on.

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mattman059

If this comment started with a real life "WTF" face directed at the OP, then I completely and totally like this.

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xRadeon

Hmm, well, I like how it now. I'll probably like what they come up with in the future as well.

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Zero Prime

Wow, for those who always puts down Win8, have you ever tried it for longer than a couple of weeks? It's actually very nice. Install Classic shell and you get a Win 7 style start menu back. I like the metro interface so I use it more than the desktop. I think it would be better on a laptop than a desktop though. My touch pad helps with a lot of Win 8 functions. I love how I can just time while on the start screen and Windows 8 just start searching for what I'm looking for. It's a better OS than 7 was. 7 was great, don't get me wrong, but 8 is just that much better. You get Win 7 on the desktop plus a new start page.

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mattman059

"Install Classic shell"

Why can't I just have my start button back, not a 3rd party solution

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Neufeldt2002

Why is it that every lover of 8 always thinks that those that hate it haven't used it?

Edit: Those that love it, fine love it, just don't always assume that those that hate it haven't used it, you just make yourself sound uninformed especially on a website like this.

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SkavenUk

I tried it, hated it and put Win 7 back on. Server 2012 however is pretty sweet.

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scoop6274

To be fair, Zero Prime did say, "have you ever tried it for longer than a couple of weeks?" So he does admit that we have tried it.

However I agree with your edit wholeheartedly. I used Windows 8. I felt the experience to be very disjointed. If Microsoft is going to continue to move in this direction, eventually I will have to adapt. Right now, I have a choice. My choice is to stick with 7.

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I Jedi

"further bridge the gaps between mobile and desktop platforms"

Does this mean we can expect a more radical mobile OS experience on a desktop, or that they may include a better UI for desktop OSs than the one currently offered?

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Silencer.

Judge for yourself....

http://bgr.com/2013/02/09/microsoft-windows-platform-app-unity-323429/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBoyGeniusReport+%28BGR+|+Boy+Genius+Report%29

RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS seems about right.

Cya!

:o)

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

It means that they intend to force more phone bullshit down our throats.

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DR_JDUBZ

when more games are moved to steam on linux I will be leaving windows for good, until then windows 7 it is. ubuntu 12 by far is my favorite interface

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AFDozerman

Really, now? Ubuntu 12? As in unity? I've got to admit that I haven't used Ubuntu since the 9 series, but I have heard nothing but negative things from unity. You are literally the first person to say good things about it that I have seen.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

How about adding a feature that disables Metro and restores a functional Start menu for users with real computers?

And fire Dickhead for insisting on the new interface.

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andrewc513

You can replace the entire shell with the *actual* one from Windows 7. Google "Ex7forW8" and get a Windows 7 disc handy.

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Chronologist

thank you for this!

I had no idea something like this existed. And I like how it uses W7's explorer.exe, vs some 3rd party software.

All the benefits of win8 without the metro, and the ability to painlessly switch between the two.

REALLY sounds like something windows 8 should have stock, but I'm happy that this is around.

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