Anybody Like Windows 8.1?

Started Apr 7, 2014 | Discussions thread
dradam Senior Member • Posts: 2,818
Re: Anybody Like Windows 8.1?
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Mark B. wrote:

dradam wrote:

Mark B. wrote:

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.

Yes, apparently Windows 8 was live tiles only. Due to the backlash 8.1 was released which gave access to the desktop.

Blatantly false. Windows 8 has always included a desktop.

...and everything I read about Win 8 was what a PITA it was to get to the desktop and stay there. Using it comfortably required installing a shell or some other fix. Boneheaded move.

Boneheaded if true, but it's not.  The desktop has only ever been one keystroke away, and once you set your default programs how you like them, and your taskbar organized how you like (a necessity in every other version of Windows, by the way) you could go for days without ever seeing the metro screen.

Windows RT is a version of Windows that is designed to run on ARM based processors. While it too includes a desktop, it is limited to use by Windows system processes and Office.

Not sure what this has to do with anytyhing.

You seemed very confused about there existing some version of windows "without a desktop".  I was clarifying that there IS a version that almost fits that description, but clarifying that it was a special, ARM tablet only version.

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.

Haven't the foggiest what their thinking was - I guess they assumed the entire population of Window users were going to toss their desktops out the window in favor of a Windows tablet. Sorry MS, the desktop still does many things that I can't do with a tablet.

Desktop has been there since the beginning. It's almost like you've made all these opinions without having used it for even a second.

An odd strategy to say the least.

Ummm, yes as I mentioned I am in the process of migrating. I can absolutely see why there was such a backlash against Windows 8. A tile- and touch-based OS is less than ideal for a desktop system.

Easier for touch, not harder for mouse.  A big tile is much easier to select with your finger, but it is also easier to select with a mouse.  Navigating the Start Menu required simply too much precision to be really efficient.

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