Alexander: PC annoyance Windows 8 may go away

  • Article by: STEVE ALEXANDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 10, 2013 - 5:33 PM

If you are tired of Windows 8 and 8.1, which pointlessly forced on consumers a touch-screen interface when most PCs lacked touch screens, take heart.

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jbhall56Dec. 11, 13 5:24 AM

Where Microsoft went wrong is not providing the traditional desktop for any device without a touch screen. When each device in a PC can identify itself, I find it hard to believe that Microsoft didn't just do this. Then, to add insult to injury, the desktop had no Start button. So 8.1 comes along and the Start button is back, but to drive users nuts, it takes you back to the touch screen interface which almost all users do not have. For a company that supposedly spends hundreds of millions on GUI usability, they sure blew it on Windows 8.

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SensaySuaveDec. 11, 13 7:34 AM

For once, I agree with Best Buy - use Chrome instead of IE.

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wiseguy1Dec. 11, 13 7:40 AM

Where Microsoft went wrong is its failure to conduct proper marketing research. Their people are probably too young to have learned anything from the "New Coke" vs. "Classic Coke" fiasco in the mid 80's. Just another case of corporate hubris where the marketing guys think they know it all.

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altbumDec. 11, 13 8:37 AM

All they had to do was bring back the start menu in 8.1 and they failed at that. It's simple to install a 3rd party option but it just shouldn't be necessary. That aside, the OS is fast and stable.

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bricollinsDec. 11, 13 9:52 AM

With 8.1 bringing back the start button and 'boot to desktop', I don't get the complaints about the start screen. It's functionally equivalent to a redesigned start menu, at least for the standard user. I do understand dislike of the start screen's appearance, as well as complaints about being pushed into Metro-land when opening a PDF or image in Outlook though. Otherwise 8.1 is an excellent OS, fast efficient and stable.

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aventhusedDec. 11, 1310:29 AM

Personally, I enjoy using windows 8.1 a good deal more than windows 7 on my non touch screen laptop. I have taken some time to get used to it and find that my productivity has increased. From what I can tell most complainers simply don't like change or are griping for the sake of griping. I am not saying there are no legitimate reasons not to like it... just that most people who complain don't seem to actually have one.

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davehougDec. 11, 1311:39 AM

Count the clicks to get into a list of your programs or to shut down. It is a fine line between what a computer does FOR you and what it does TO you :)

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luzhishenDec. 12, 1311:59 PM

I paid over $100 to uninstall 8 and get back to Windows 7. Money well spent. Imagine if, every few years, some jerk decided to rearrange the pedals on your car or your keyboard so they could score a few marketing points...my productivity took a hit until I ditched Windows 8.

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pitythefoolsDec. 14, 1312:43 PM

I don't get the furor over Windows 8. Once you get to the traditional desktop, it boots to the traditional desktop. There are loads of free start buttons that work just like the old one (I haven't upgraded to 8.1 because I don't want the new start button.) It boots MUCH faster. Taking away the Office photo editor was dumb, I understand they added that back to 8.1. Other than that, I'm perfectly happy with the faster, more stable version 8.

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