Microsoft to Put Finishing Touches on Windows 8.1 in August

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mindsci

"Touch" for desktops is a silly passing fad. M$ and some oems just don't get it that people don't want to be swiping their oily fingers on enormous 47+ inch screens. Gesture control is the future (eg. Leap). Swiping, I mean sliming, will persist on small devices like smart phones, but even they are adopting gesture control. Windows 8 and its kindergarten pastel metro tiles and silly swipe repertoire are already doomed to footnote status regardless of 8.1 or 8.2.

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PCWolf

Whats the point of a Start Button with no Start Menu?

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maxeeemum

Exactly! Instead of listening to their majority of users M$ just told us we don't know what we want. Windows 8 started a raging fire and 8.1 is just like throwing gasoline on that fire.

Staying with Win7!

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Damnlogin

On the first day of my new school a bully told me to hand over my lunch or eat his fist... instead i kicked him in the nuts and finished my sandwich at his friends' table. Did i have to kick him in the balls? No! I just don't like being forced to things i don't want to do.
Windows 8 is a awesome OS. I think the metro interface is great if you have a touch screen or nice gesture based touchpad. Having to navigate through a palette of apps, plus switching back & forth between 2 different interfaces don't feel natural though. I don't like the fact that i have to apply mods and hacks to Win8 just to get a proper personal experience.
Why couldn't Microsoft give users the option to choose what we do & don't want see and use in Win8? Why not just give us the option to disable the metro interface and use the start menu? Do i dislike Win8 because it's a horrible OS? No. Win8 is a great OS! I just refuse to conform to Microsoft's notion that fork is better than a spoon.

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maxeeemum

+1

8.1 More FAIL from M$!

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Granite

"Why couldn't Microsoft give users the option to choose what we do & don't want see and use in Win8? Why not just give us the option to disable the metro interface and use the start menu?"

Damn...people are STILL crying about this?

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Fray

Well, public irritation at the X-Box One caused a major reversal in policy and changes in personnel recently.

I've been very disappointed with the degrade to my computing experience that happened with the 'upgrade' from Windows 7 to Windows 8.

I'm going to continue complaining about Windows 8 until it improves.

Let's see how Windows 8.1 looks when it is released.

If it's fine I'll quit crying to all and sundry about how Windows 8 sucks, otherwise you and Microsoft will have to learn to live with it.

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Granite

You know...I recently talked to a woman who told me she hated Win8. I asked her why, and she told me she could only open one browser window at a time. I thought...Huh??

It turned out she didn't know she could hit the windows key, go to the desktop and do all the things she used to do with Win7.

Now...she is kind of a "technische wildsau", as she put it. Perhaps you are, too.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Microsoft's "Learn to like it" line is condescending at best. But, generally speaking, it is a broad insult your company loves to hurl at the consumers you clearly disregard as mindless sheep.

Perhaps you folks at Microsoft just really, really love sheep?

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RandomInt

Whenever I see someone refer to Microsoft as M$ I think, "inconsequential douche" and stop reading. It's such a moronic trope.

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blacksand

How about Microshaft? From UrbanDictionary.com: "Buying a Microsoft product and getting the 'shaft'"

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maxeeemum

LOL! Hey M$ is just the standard abbreviation for the company so just get over it. I will continue to use it and who cares what you think! Of course it may have to do with personal monetary gains!

Get a grip and a sense of humor dude! LOL!

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lindethier

Ditto!

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pastorbob

+1 => Randomlnt

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jmazz

I always liked Windows 8, and naturally I installed the 8.1 preview as soon as I could. The new tile sizes and personalization options are great, but I prefer the old search method. 8.1 "everywhere" search leads to opening a page with multiple results - in the original windows 8 you used to be able to search into a specific app, such as Wikipedia.

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John Pombrio

What about the apps that COUNTED on having full screen access? Are they all going to break with Win8.1?

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Granite

Why should they?

I haven't installed the Win8.1 preview, but I haven't read anything that says that apps won't have access to full screen. Have you?

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OpTicaL

Who cares, not like the 99% of people who use computers will change their opinion of Windows 8 anyway. Too frequently does M$ change things around causing old users of Windows to be completely alienated. M$ can't make up it's mind, still trying to be the "cool" kid. M$ if you want to be "cool" how about starting with being consistent? stable? I have 8 year old OSX users upgrading to the new Mountain Lion and they have no issues with it, because everything more or less is the same with some added functionality. 8 year old Windows users? Still getting nightmares every night from your touch tablet/smartphone OS.

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blackdog

Once I figured out how to set it so I only see the start screen when/if I want to I've had no issues with Win 8. 8.1 can only make it better imo.

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cldmstrsn

I downloaded 8.1 and I have to say I am super impressed. I liked Windows 8 before but now it just seems the tiles are just the new start menu. You can get rid of anything you like and just have all your programs that you use as tiles or just like the old start menu!! and to shut down you easily right click on the new start button and voila you have your restart, sleep and shut down options. Super easy and fast.

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Caboose

I was really against Windows 8 when it first came out. The tile interface seemed cumbersom and convoluted. Was difficult to really find anything that you were looking for. At least for me anyway. But the 8.1 preview has completely changed my opinion. I'm running it on both my desktop and laptop and am loving it. It's very smooth and fluid. I will for sure be getting it once it's released.

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pastorbob

Wait for it - 3...2..1...

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Caboose

Bullwinkle J. Moose should be along any minute now, with his tired and boring tirade about how Windows is the spawn of the devil and it will steal your identity and your credit cards, and rape your children or something.

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Zedro

Your comment is no more intelligent than those that would say that you work for M$ because you happen to like Win8.

Heaven forbid that some people don't happen to like Win8 for its completely worthless start screen and how dare people take offense to M$ claiming that all were needing was a "start BUTTON" when we wanted our start menu.

You have no more right to praise M$ than I have to condemn them. If you can't handle someone's different viewpoint and open a dialogue on the subject, I'd suggest you not post.

You, sir, are a moron.

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pastorbob

Hey Zedro! You obviously don't frequent the comments section much or you would have understood the humor behind Caboose's Bullwinkle J. Moose comment. That, or you are Bullwinkle J. Moose in disguise.

Get a grip and a sense of humor dude!

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maverick knight

That comment works both ways, for every one...

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PCLinuxguy

**jeopardy theme* I'll take Computers for $600 Alex.

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Mikey109105

LOL!, Thats a good one!

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pastorbob

ROTFL!