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

12 Apr 2013   #811
PaulGo

Windows 10 (64 bit)
 
 

Starting with Android OS 4.0 you can create folders on the start screen which you can name. Therefore it becomes very easy to organize your start screen apps. The whole idea of an OS is to make improvements to enhance the user experience not destroy it like Microsoft did.


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12 Apr 2013   #812
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PaulGo View Post
I actually used Windows 8 preview for several months on a virtual machine and spent at least 30 to 40 hours trying to like it. I found the more I used it the less I liked it. The only way it was tolerable was to make it like Windows 7 and if I was going to do that then who needs it.
That was exactly my findings. It was also annoying and frustrating to use. I saw no point in it at all.
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12 Apr 2013   #813
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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As an experiment if you have an Android smart phone -- download and install say 30 - 40 Free apps and try and use them. The whole experience now from being relatively simple becomes a complicated mess -- endless scrolling to find an app that you've forgotten the name of and no way to sort or rename them in any meaningful or convenient manner.
This is not as difficult as it may appear. I 'hide' apps of the same nature behind one icon which expands when I tap on it. I have e.g. 5 browsers on my Nexus 7 and they are all in 1 icon. When I tab on the icon, a small box opens up and shows them individually. The same I have done for TV programs, my different navigation programs, etc. That keeps the desktop down to a manageable amount of clutter.
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12 Apr 2013   #814
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PaulGo View Post
Starting with Android OS 4.0 you can create folders on the start screen which you can name. Therefore it becomes very easy to organize your start screen apps. The whole idea of an OS is to make improvements to enhance the user experience not destroy it like Microsoft did.
Hi there
Doesn't seem possible to rename / sort out the start screen on Samsung Galaxy IIIs phone -- you can do a little bit of fiddling with the Widgets folder but not a lot with Apps.

At least I can't find it. Phone running Android 4.1.

Might be possible on an Android tablet -- but seems overtly complex on a smart phone and it's beyond me.

Cheers
jimbo
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12 Apr 2013   #815
PaulGo

Windows 10 (64 bit)
 
 

I have the same phone. You just press an empty spot on the home screen an it brings up a menu with one option to create a folder that you can name.
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13 Apr 2013   #816
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 
Microsoft's Windows 8 approach: Bold, arrogant, or both?

Not sure if whs posted this here but it was posted over at eightforums by whs. I thought I’d repost the actual article here as it speaks to the pros and cons of Windows 8, its future, and why Microsoft needs the OS to succeed.

As I’ve been saying, the future is in Mobile computing, and Windows 8 aims to delve into that market.

The article: Microsoft's Windows 8 approach: Bold, arrogant, or both? | ZDNet. It really is a good read and gives a fair all around assessment.

Thanks whs
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13 Apr 2013   #817
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Interesting you think it gives a fair all round assessment.

I would say not.

From reading that, would you say the writer is pro or anti ms?
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13 Apr 2013   #818
PaulGo

Windows 10 (64 bit)
 
 

The Znet article is a good article. The thing that disappoints me most is these improvements could have easily been put into a Windows 7 interface which would have been useable for a desktop environment.

Unfortunately for me I have gotten to the point that whenever I now look at a "Metro" screen either on a desktop or a smartphone I now have a very negative feeling towards that "Metro" look since it reminds me as to how Microsoft abandoned me. Microsoft could have easily integrated the start menu into Windows 8 to give users a choice of which interface works better for them and some customers may have found over time that the "Metro" interface coukld be useful in some instances. The dual interface could have even encouraged some customers to switch over to a touch screen. But Microsoft with its arrogance decided on the "I know what's best for Microsoft" approach for Windows 8.
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13 Apr 2013   #819
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Ed Bott is a very respected IT journalist since many years. I read a lot of his articles (already years back) and he always displays a very factual, balanced opinion.

I don't think it is fair to try to classify him as pro or contra MS. He is positive about true good function and criticizes bummers. I think that's the way it should be.
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13 Apr 2013   #820
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Interesting you think it gives a fair all round assessment.

I would say not.

From reading that, would you say the writer is pro or anti ms?
I guess it depends on what your view is, and how you view the article. I think if you keep an open mind, than, yes, the article is very fair. He lists the pros and cons from user experience, gives a fair assessment of where Microsoft is going, and what they need to improve.

He's also speaking the truth, the future is mobile computing, and Microsoft did have the potential to be left behind.

What am I missing?
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