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  Reply # 948483 10-Dec-2013 09:29
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3.

+ Introductory pricing was the best way to get it.
+ I really like the typography and uncluttered interface.
+ I never noticed the lack of the old start menu because I adapted to get the most out of Windows 8 by changing the way I work. I use the Windows key all the time now whereas I never used it in the past.
+ I use the keyboard shortcut keys a lot more so my speed has increased.
+ Skydrive integration

- I have experienced many of the major issues people are reporting: incompatible applications, lack of drivers and drivers that don't work, PCs that won't run Windows 8, wireless adapters that aren't reconnected automatically when laptop comes out of sleep or hibernation, etc.

I didn't have to shift to Windows 8 as Windows 7 is really good But I'm glad I did as it runs more smoothly on my PCs than Windows 7.

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  Reply # 948492 10-Dec-2013 09:40
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1 and 5 for me.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 948524 10-Dec-2013 10:17
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If I have to pick a number I'd say number 3 for me.

I like the improvements that came with 8.1 but I never use the "Start Button", it's the other enhancements I like.

One comment I will make is that Microsoft didn't do enough to educate people about the changes.  Imagine buying a new car and finding it had no steering wheel and no pedals.  And no-one bothered to give you any instructions on how to drive this new car, you just had to figure it out for yourself.  Once you've been instructed however, you're fine.

I've pointed many people at this video and a light bulb has come o for them.

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  Reply # 948528 10-Dec-2013 10:24
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1, 2 and 5 for me

1) I'm opposed to where Windows 8 is heading (the whole tables will rule the world one day, forget everybody else way of thinking)
2) Metro in a workplace? Come on. Is this a joke?
5) I would not say that I am happy. Just happy with the 3rd-party workaround for now. Would much rather not have to rely on a workaround. 


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  Reply # 948531 10-Dec-2013 10:27
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Klipspringer: 1, 2 and 5 for me

1) I'm opposed to where Windows 8 is heading (the whole tables will rule the world one day, forget everybody else way of thinking)
2) Metro in a workplace? Come on. Is this a joke?
5) I would not say that I am happy. Just happy with the 3rd-party workaround for now. Would much rather not have to rely on a workaround. 



This is exactly how I feel.

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  Reply # 948544 10-Dec-2013 10:47
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MackinNZ: If I have to pick a number I'd say number 3 for me.

I like the improvements that came with 8.1 but I never use the "Start Button", it's the other enhancements I like.

One comment I will make is that Microsoft didn't do enough to educate people about the changes.  Imagine buying a new car and finding it had no steering wheel and no pedals.  And no-one bothered to give you any instructions on how to drive this new car, you just had to figure it out for yourself.  Once you've been instructed however, you're fine.

I've pointed many people at this video and a light bulb has come o for them.


A lot of this is covered in the default built in help for Windows 8.1, that pops up and assists the user, shows them a few gestures when the login for the first time onto 8.1

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  Reply # 948547 10-Dec-2013 10:53
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is there a 6? if not I'll pick 3 (THREE)

firstly i love touchscreen control because i was addicted to my ipad - now if only we had more apps on windows

2ndly i like the ultra high res screen support. the zoomability of super high res screens. however 50% of my programs have words that are microscopic, and 1% just won't work because the interface extends outside the app's window which is not resizable!??!

3rdly you can reinstall windows from within! (although if you have OEM software it won't be a clean install)

to the poster who said there is no backup feature YES THERE IS. go to control panel, files backup, at the bottom left there is option for complete PC backup just like win 7/vista :D - as i said it is 99% win 7 apart from the start menu.

yes of course it's bloated! but hey you need SATA-3 SSD and lots of RAM and away you go :D




Swype on iOS is detrimental to accurate typing. Apologies in advance.


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  Reply # 948560 10-Dec-2013 10:58
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I'm mostly in the 3 "happy with win8" camp. But I cant put it into our business yet because something in our domain policy kills all the metro apps as soon as you domain join the machines. It'll be my problem, but I've been too lazy to track it down yet.




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  Reply # 948561 10-Dec-2013 11:00
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and I see lots of users who love the tiled Metro interface in Windows 8 / 8.1

real users that aren't in IT

enjoying the simplicity of finding stuff now, the customisation of pinning their most used apps/favourites/Facebook contacts to the Start Screen

Just because you might hate the Modern interface doesn't mean your users or your parents/grandparents will too

Designing Windows is like choosing pizza topping for over 1 Billion users, everyone has their preferences

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  Reply # 948562 10-Dec-2013 11:01
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qyiet: I'm mostly in the 3 "happy with win8" camp. But I cant put it into our business yet because something in our domain policy kills all the metro apps as soon as you domain join the machines. It'll be my problem, but I've been too lazy to track it down yet.


you probably have a GPO disabling UAC

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nathan: you probably have a GPO disabling UAC
We used to, but don't anymore.  I'll double check, thanks.




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  Reply # 948572 10-Dec-2013 11:18
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joker97: is there a 6? if not I'll pick 3 (THREE)

firstly i love touchscreen control because i was addicted to my ipad - now if only we had more apps on windows

2ndly i like the ultra high res screen support. the zoomability of super high res screens. however 50% of my programs have words that are microscopic, and 1% just won't work because the interface extends outside the app's window which is not resizable!??!

3rdly you can reinstall windows from within! (although if you have OEM software it won't be a clean install)

to the poster who said there is no backup feature YES THERE IS. go to control panel, files backup, at the bottom left there is option for complete PC backup just like win 7/vista :D - as i said it is 99% win 7 apart from the start menu.

yes of course it's bloated! but hey you need SATA-3 SSD and lots of RAM and away you go :D


be good to know what's bloated?

8.1 uses less memory and disk than 8.0 which uses less than 7 etc

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  Reply # 948574 10-Dec-2013 11:20
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I'd say 3.5 ( split between 3 and 4 ).

I replaced two main work computers ( laptop and desktop with XP and Office 2003 ) with new computers with Windows 8, then 8.1, along with Office 2013.

The transition has been uneventful, and we start with Metro, going to desktop when needed. Biggest pain was replacing Ghost backup. Our instruments run on NT and XP systems, and we are unlikely to change those, as they remain fit for purpose. We're not using features such as the Cloud or other ephemeral resources.

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  Reply # 948584 10-Dec-2013 11:39
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nathan: and I see lots of users who love the tiled Metro interface in Windows 8 / 8.1

Designing Windows is like choosing pizza topping for over 1 Billion users, everyone has their preferences


UI Design does not have to be a static one-size-fits all process.   

You can design so people can change their 'topping' as they see fit. Apps that support 'Skinning' is an example of this . 

It would have been so easy to have a desktop mode / metro mode.  99% of the controversy would have been negated had MS done this. 

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  Reply # 948587 10-Dec-2013 11:42
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nathan:
MackinNZ: If I have to pick a number I'd say number 3 for me.

I like the improvements that came with 8.1 but I never use the "Start Button", it's the other enhancements I like.

One comment I will make is that Microsoft didn't do enough to educate people about the changes.  Imagine buying a new car and finding it had no steering wheel and no pedals.  And no-one bothered to give you any instructions on how to drive this new car, you just had to figure it out for yourself.  Once you've been instructed however, you're fine.

I've pointed many people at this video and a light bulb has come o for them.


A lot of this is covered in the default built in help for Windows 8.1, that pops up and assists the user, shows them a few gestures when the login for the first time onto 8.1


Was it built in with Windows 8? If not then that is the big problem. :)

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