I wrote: Is it really asking too much of a desktop operating system to let users adjust the size of all fonts?
LatiosXT wrote: You haven't tried Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Display have you?
Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Display contains 2 settings:
Change the size of all items
Change only the text size
Neither of these settings changes the text size on the Start page, the text size in Charms or the text size in Windows Store apps.
I wrote: The control panel should have a check box to disable and hide all the cloud integration features in Windows 8 and Office. Windows Store (Metro) apps have potential but I don't like that Windows 8.1 provides no way for a user to disable a particular app's access to the internet.
LatiosXT wrote: There is, but it's buried in Charms -> Change PC settings -> Privacy
Charms -> Change PC settings -> Privacy contains 5 settings:
Let apps access my name, picture, and other account info
Let apps use my advertising ID for experiences across apps
Turn on SmartScreen Filter to check web content (URLs) that Windows Store apps use
Show text suggestions based on what I type and write on this PC
Let website provide locally relevant content by accessing my language list
None of these settings hides the cloud integration features in Windows 8 and Office. None of these settings provides a way for a user to disable a particular app's access to the internet.
When a magazine gives a product a positive review and a reader considers the product to be crapware, the reader will be less likely to believe the magazine the next time the magazine gives some other product a positive review. It wouldn't surprise me if the advertising department at Maximum PC asked for a positive review of Windows 8.1 so they could get Microsoft to buy some advertising space. Microsoft has a large staff of paid shills who post positive comments about their products in internet forums. I don't know if LatiosXT is on Microsoft's payroll but anyone who has tried Windows 8.1 can see that LatiosXT is 0 for 3 on the issues mentioned in my post.