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Windows 7: Microsoft Can't Sell Windows 8, So It's Giving It Away

06 Mar 2014   #31
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Not sure there will be a mass migration to Mac. An £1100 plus macbook is not a viable substitute for people with £400 to spend. I wondered if TC might bring in something more affordable to appeal to those buyers. It would have sold in huge numbers. He decided not to.

Uncle Tim has something else up his sleeve. Lot of activity has been going on over there. Big spending, I believe. Top fashion names advising. Has to be the wearable market.

Whatever it is, Apple won't have a lot of breathing space. Samsung will after them like a ferret up drainpipe.

If TC thinks it is going to be big, I wouldn't bet against him.


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06 Mar 2014   #32
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Back to the first step after dancing some rounds! Windows 9 is coming along early next year so if Microsoft likes jumping those steps too quick i'll will do a favor waiting for that next OS. My actual machine is fine and not ready Windows 8-8.1 And I surely not will buy a MAC sooner or later 'cause I'm in the slice of people couldn't afford it!
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06 Mar 2014   #33
King Arthur

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gary View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Nah, You need not use the cloud. And Bing is OK - or install Chrome.
I would install Firefox or Pale Moon before Chrome.
Chromium is a nice alternative to Google Chrome. Chromium is the open source base web browser that Google Chrome is built from; in other words, Chromium is Google Chrome without all the Google-related crap bolted onto it.

I have Chromium installed as an alternate browser to Pale Moon (my main browser) for web dev testing purposes as well as to act as a speedy alternative to Pale Moon when I just want to play some Flash games over on Kongregate.
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06 Mar 2014   #34
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoN View Post
Back to the first step after dancing some rounds! Windows 9 is coming along early next year so if Microsoft likes jumping those steps to quick i'll will do a favor waiting for that next OS. My actual machine is fine and not ready Windows 8-8.1 And I surely not will buy a MAC soon or later 'cause I'm in the slice of people couldn't afford it!
They were talking sometimes fall 2014 from what i read Could the Windows 9 release date be October 2014? | News | TechRadar


http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsof...014/70124.html
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07 Mar 2014   #35
nobodyspecial

Windows
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
The best 8 start menu I've found is Windows 7 explorer for Windows 8 which only works on 8 and not 8.1 the last I checked. SIW2 may know better since he knows most of these developers.

That particular Ate start menu grafts on the actual Win7 Start menu from it's disk, however this does not replace the functions which 8 has restricted to Metro, including most of the crApps which must each be reset from default to WMP, your Reader, Windows Picture viewer, etc. So giving a friend that Start menu is a favor, until they start calling to replace every crApp that pops up (and can't be closed).

The solution as always is to upgrade to Win7. The horrific part of this is that MS never paused to realize they had created the best OS ever in Win7. When I would mention this to them at Summits I would get a blank stare and reminder that "we're moving on." I deeply regret that more MVP's did not speak up but we were ashamedly cowed by blunt insistence that our input wasn't wanted on Ate. When we finally did speak up after top forums' producers were invited into a Focus Group at November's Summit, they agreed with our blunt assessments but inferred it is too late.

So the new campaign asking customers to "be brave" to buy their products has a double meaning to me. I show how big my brave is now but it is too late. Nevertheless we have an even more important mission as its defenders here at the home of Win7, which just happens to be the top tech forum on the web in history.

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Dear gregrocker
is youtube video something you will be putting after every post i have bad eyes so screen enlarged and your post made me have to use middle scroll wheel to read all post on right i think first time this happen on this great forum there is video section i believe no thank you nobodyspecial
ps nobodyspecial find solution in usercp turn off all signature :]
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07 Mar 2014   #36
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
I actually LIKE windows 8.1 -- provided you set to Boot to desktop and create some custom toolbars I prefer the menu system to that of W7.

I don't particularly like Metro type stuff on a PC but I quite like touch support where it's appropriate.

The main problem with W8.1 is to get it working as a proper desktop OS straight out of the box -- the user has to do a bit of work and most normal Windows users don't want that (rightly so IMO). A decent desktop OS should be fit for purpose straight after install --it shouldn't require a lot of user tinkering - although experienced users should be able to do further customisation if required.

You can easily create any level of cascadable menus in W8.1 simply via toolbars -- here's an example of a big one. You can choose your own pgms etc -- much more flexible than the W7 system.

Cheers
jimbo


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07 Mar 2014   #37
Jonguy30

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by King Arthur View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonguy30 View Post
Doesn't classic shell and other windows 8 "start menus" get rid of metro completely?
You would be wrong. Yes, you get a Start menu (of varying quality depending on the program used) and possibly an option to skip Metro on boot, but you still need to go into the Metro side of things for things such rudimentary things as changing your user account's password, choosing what network to connect to, and so forth.
Well, that sucks. So it's just a band aid fix to the problem and doesn't fix it completely.
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07 Mar 2014   #38
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I keep thinking. What does Windows 8.xx have that I want.
Booting a few seconds faster is no big deal.
A bunch of tiles to poke or tick. No thanks Icons work just fine.
A third party programs to make Windows 8 to work something like a computer. Not for me. Windows 7 already works like a computer.
A bunch of rent or lease programs. No no. If I want them I want to buy them and own them.
If I want something on my lap I can poke she will be over 40 years old ect.
I have a friend that just bought his wife a new laptop. All he mentioned to me was; his wife no longer wants to use the computer.
She uses it to pay bills on line a little email. The rest of the time it just sits.
She use to do news letters. Print them and post them online for the Post I belong to. Keep track of the Posts kitchen supplies and do the ordering and many more things. She use to help the Auxiliary part of the Post with their computing needs but no longer.
That is what Windows 8 did to a non tech user.
I tried to convince her into Window 7 but she is not gun shy.
She went from XP to Windows 8.
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07 Mar 2014   #39
nobodyspecial

Windows
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
I keep thinking. What does Windows 8.xx have that I want.
Booting a few seconds faster is no big deal.
A bunch of tiles to poke or tick. No thanks Icons work just fine.
A third party programs to make Windows 8 to work something like a computer. Not for me. Windows 7 already works like a computer.
A bunch of rent or lease programs. No no. If I want them I want to buy them and own them.
If I want something on my lap I can poke she will be over 40 years old ect.
I have a friend that just bought his wife a new laptop. All he mentioned to me was; his wife no longer wants to use the computer.
She uses it to pay bills on line a little email. The rest of the time it just sits.
She use to do news letters. Print them and post them online for the Post I belong to. Keep track of the Posts kitchen supplies and do the ordering and many more things. She use to help the Auxiliary part of the Post with their computing needs but no longer.
That is what Windows 8 did to a non tech user.
I tried to convince her into Window 7 but she is not gun shy.
She went from XP to Windows 8.
nobodyspecial agree with woman part
cd ~/woman40.1
/woman40.1
/su && configure && make poke && chmod -f -R woman40.1
laybackbear very happy
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07 Mar 2014   #40
Dallas 7

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MrWhoopee View Post
I believe that Win 8 opens the door for more people to switch to Macs. If they're going to have to learn a new UI, might as well be one that gets good reviews. The only saving factor (for M$) is that most of the new purchasers don't realize what they're getting into until it's too late. Almost every 8 machine I work on gets Classic Shell installed, to the great relief of the owner.
Running Windows in general is like living in a town where they rename the streets every 3-4 years. If you're familiar with the streets, the name changes are not a problem, you can still get where you're going. In Windows 8 they MOVED the damn streets!

Exactly. I like W7 and I'll run it as long as possible, but eventually if the choice comes down to running Microsoft's tablet OS or switching to a Mac, I'll go with the Mac.
I wouldn't run 8/8.1 if they paid me.

Microsoft believes they're the biggest kid on the block, so they've taken this bully attitude that they can push their tablet OS down our throats. MS isn't listening because they don't care.
Somehow I suspect Mac might be a little more appreciative of their customers than that.
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