Anybody Like Windows 8.1?

Started Apr 7, 2014 | Discussions thread
chillzatl Regular Member • Posts: 431
Re: Anybody Like Windows 8.1?
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WryCuda wrote:

Today I helped a friend set up a new computer with Windows 8.1. Seems like a half-hearted attempt at a touch-screen OS; luckily I was soon able to revert to the Desktop mode.

What was MS thinking? The only reason that I was able to make much sense of the Start mode was that I am familiar with the iPad. Seems that the rather curious "Start Button" has now grown to encompass the whole screen.

My friend, previously a Windows XP user, was totally mystified by the whole process of setting up the new computer.

Part of the process involved registering with Microsoft in order to download software; just a little bit like the App Store, don't you think? I was able to quickly progress through this hurdle only because I keep a dormant Hotmail account.

Anyhow, it seems to be working well. An i7 processor with 16Gb RAM doesn't mess around! The all-in-one design of the computer does away with a lot of cabling. Next phase will be transferring email and setting up legacy applications.

Any comments welcome. This is not a PC vs. Apple war; I'm a long-time Windows user.

What were they thinking? That touch based devices and simplified, "store" driven software distribution is the future. They decided to be ahead of the curve and a little forward thinking design an OS that does that while still catering to traditional desktop centric users. The execution was better in some parts than others, but they continue to update it and polish it and it won't be long now till people simply don't remember it being any other way and we'll be all the better for it.

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