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Windows 7: More Than 3 Out of 4 Enthusiasts Reject Windows 8

15 May 2013   #1031
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
Another related issue is software and websites adopting the awful W8-style graphics.

The latest Foxit Reader installs with W8-style graphics and the awful Ribbon layout by default.
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At least there is a "Classic" theme.
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Here's how you restore the "Classic" view.
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There were a few angry people on ghacks.net.
Foxit Reader 6.0 introduces new Ribbon Toolbar -
I had exactly that issue when the program updated, took me a while to sort that out the first time. There are many websites adopting the awful less is more 8 styles. I did not spend all I did on a PC and high speed internet so I could go back to 1996 dial up style graphics. Who in their right minds thinks these anemic graphics look good? A disabled individual would not be able to read this nor be able to switch back to normal mode. Foxit reader FAIL.


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15 May 2013   #1032
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Hindsight seems to be a virtue apparently! "hey lets make it all look like the latest.." flop that is! "Flop City Redding here we come!" It's great for the new tablets to browse while the average desktop user now has to scratch their heads and wonder about where all this going. The redesign is keeping Surface in mind there! "gee it looks great on Surface Tablet!" daaaa....
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19 May 2013   #1033
PaulGo

Windows 10 (64 bit)
 
 

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Windows 8: 5 Hopeful Signs



Research firm Forrester says IT isn't interested in Windows 8, and that the platform's success relies on consumers and BYOD. Given that consumers aren't exactly embracing the new OS, Win8's prospects are easy to dismiss -- so much so that Frank X. Shaw, Redmond's VP of corporate communications, recently felt compelled to reprimand the media for its emphatically bleak appraisal of his company's plight.





...But It All Hinges On Usability
As Windows 8's defenders point out, the OS is usable -- as long as you endure a short learning curve. The problem is, many users gave Metro only a brief look and dismissed Win8 without a second thought. To a certain segment of users, a tablet that can access x86 apps is a dream come true. But iPads satisfy most people's most common needs, and when they require something heavier, most of them still have a computer. Windows 8's merits, for many of these users, did not make learning the new OS worthwhile.
To be fair, some of this adoption hesitancy has to do with cost, and Microsoft and its partners are about to address that. But it's clear, fair or not, that the UI hurdle needs to be removed. That doesn't mean Redmond should kill Metro, but it means the devices need to be engaging as soon as users pick them up.
The extent to which Microsoft understands this is unclear. On the one hand, Windows CMO and CFO Tami Reller has conceded that the "learning curve" imposed by the new Live Tiles UI is "real and needs to be addressed."
Windows 8: 5 Hopeful Signs - Software - Windows 8 - Informationweek
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19 May 2013   #1034
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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As Windows 8's defenders point out, the OS is usable -- as long as you endure a short learning curve. The problem is, many users gave Metro only a brief look and dismissed Win8 without a second thought
That is a lot of BS. I have used Windows 8 for more than a year and wrote made more than a dozen Windows 8 tutorials - but I still don't like it.

As long as they keep that touchscreen UI in it, I am not going to use it on my desktop. I use Linux Mint instead.
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19 May 2013   #1035
Loki

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You ever wonder if the average MS employee was force to use Windows 8? Did MS upgrade all the Desktop PC's to Windows 8...

I almost got Windows 8 at the $40.00 price but changed my mind, why waste $40.00...

MS is scared of Windows 7 being another XP and users not upgrading... guess they're right.

I've been trying to get a friend to upgrade her PC from XP to Seven, she replied she heard Windows 8 s*cked and she is saving for a MAC (I'm still trying to get her to upgrade to Windows 7). Now I never told her 8 s*cked and I'm her tech person so she has heard this from causal users.

Way to go Microsoft... Guess you got it Right, Kill the Desktop.
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19 May 2013   #1036
PaulGo

Windows 10 (64 bit)
 
 

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Hey, Teflon Ballmer. Look, isn't it time? You know, time to quit?

Analysis Those who upgraded to Windows 8 aren't the only ones unhappy with the new touch-driven operating system - Wall Street is too. Just don't expect any of the criticism hurled at Steve "Teflon" Ballmer, Microsoft's shy and retiring boss, to stick.
The chief executive is under fire from money men who responded to tech reporters trolling the markets for blistering opinions on Microsoft's leadership, given that: PC sales are crashing; Windows Phone 8 smartmobes are in fourth place in the US mobile OS market; and Windows 8 Surface gadgets are barely on the worldwide tablet sales charts. The new touchscreen-friendly Windows has not been that well received, resulting the software giant undoing decisions made at the highest levels.

"Certainly investors think Ballmer's the wrong guy," Ed Maguire, an analyst at investment biz CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets, told The Telegraph. "You could make the argument that he missed tablets and he missed smartphones, and that these are the two areas of technology that really count."


Hey, Teflon Ballmer. Look, isn't it time? You know, time to quit? ? The Register
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19 May 2013   #1037
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

The one part of the title is off namely "touch screen OS"? It should be Touch&Swipe Tablet OS"! It's certainly not any desktop friendly touchscreen concept to begin with since the MS interest was for one thing only namely promotional for Surface figuring pc sales overall were slumping while tablets and smart phones was the market to push into!
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20 May 2013   #1038
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
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As Windows 8's defenders point out, the OS is usable -- as long as you endure a short learning curve. The problem is, many users gave Metro only a brief look and dismissed Win8 without a second thought
That is a lot of BS. I have used Windows 8 for more than a year and wrote made more than a dozen Windows 8 tutorials - but I still don't like it.

As long as they keep that touchscreen UI in it, I am not going to use it on my desktop. I use Linux Mint instead.
I like a man who speaks his mind in our current "precious" world.
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20 May 2013   #1039
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote:
As Windows 8's defenders point out, the OS is usable -- as long as you endure a short learning curve. The problem is, many users gave Metro only a brief look and dismissed Win8 without a second thought
That is a lot of BS. I have used Windows 8 for more than a year and wrote made more than a dozen Windows 8 tutorials - but I still don't like it.

As long as they keep that touchscreen UI in it, I am not going to use it on my desktop. I use Linux Mint instead.
Hi there
Whether some people like the idea or not TOUCH screens are here to stay - and for SOME applications they are quite worth while.

Don't get me wrong - I wouldn't like to do a lot of very fine line drawing with my fingers or even something quite simple such as cutting and pasting large chunks of texts (for all the drawbacks people say a mouse has it's still by far the best tool for this purpose) There's plenty of applications where touch on something like a laptop (on a large desktop monitor it IS B/S I'll grant you) is quite convenient such as links in web browsers etc.

W7 had very poor support for touch enabled devices so I can't see what's wrong with Ms building it into the new OS.

I'll also bet if the GUI was changed to something more traditional for desktop users 99% of the complaints with W8 would disappear at a stroke.

Cheers
jimbo
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20 May 2013   #1040
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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Hi there
Whether some people like the idea or not TOUCH screens are here to stay - and for SOME applications they are quite worth while.
I don't argue the value of touch and I use it all the time on my Android tablet. But I don't want to wrestle with a touchscreen UI on my desktops that have no touch enabled devices.
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