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Window 8.1 WIndows Blue


LesleyJ 7 144 England
8 May 2013 9:53PM
Been announced that Major update to windows 8 will be released in June. It will be called windows blue. Doesn't look like they are giving much away but speculation about start screen/buttons etc.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22446754 Might be more tempted to upgrade if you can switch of some of the more touch orientated features.

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redsnappa 12 1.9k United Kingdom
8 May 2013 10:30PM
Windows 8 appears to have flummoxed so many people, it seems as if Microsoft overestimated the adaptability and intelligences of the average Windows user.
lobsterboy e2
10 14.2k 13 United Kingdom
8 May 2013 11:02PM

Quote:Might be more tempted to upgrade if you can switch of some of the more touch orientated features.

You can switch off/ignore all of the touch orientated features now.
LesleyJ 7 144 England
8 May 2013 11:03PM
Don't think its the adaptability and intelligence of windows users but windows 8 start screen is so touch orientated that I think it just put users off. I love windows 7 and didn't change purely because I don't have a touch screen on my pc and that would just bug me. Waiting to see what the update brings.
LesleyJ 7 144 England
8 May 2013 11:04PM

Quote:Might be more tempted to upgrade if you can switch of some of the more touch orientated features.
You can switch off/ignore all of the touch orientated features now.

Really will be checking it out them - might pop down currys to have a play on one of their laptops
9 May 2013 8:05AM

Quote:Windows 8 appears to have flummoxed so many people, it seems as if Microsoft overestimated the adaptability and intelligences of the average Windows user.


Possibly the same folk who stand with a confused expression at automatic doors while looking for the handle
sherlob e2
8 2.4k 126 United Kingdom
9 May 2013 8:07AM
I have never found a Windows less counter intuitive, user unfriendly and down right confusing as I have with windows 8. E.g. The other day I wanted to install a Kindle app - first I thought I'd try the windows app store, but I gave up after not being abe to find a search option. I was also frustrate at the time this took to load - oh and guess what - there is no obvious way to close the app store down. Next I went to amazon, but although you can download kindle for windows 7 or earlier - you apparently need to use windows app store for the windows 8 app. There was a link - great I thought I don't need to search the app store after all. I clicked and when I got to the app store the app failed to download.

I think this version of windows is trying to deliver a touch solution to users who may not want/use touch hardware. I also think they are trying to duplicate some of the features in Apple devices - and falling badly. If I didn't need the PC for a single scientific application (the ONLY software i have installed) which isn't available for Mac I'd have thrown it against the wall!
Big Bri 13 15.6k United Kingdom
9 May 2013 8:18AM
There is no obvious way to close down any of the "metro" style apps, but when you figure out how to do it, it's easy. Stupid, but easy. A big X button would have been better.
Big Bri 13 15.6k United Kingdom
9 May 2013 8:19AM

Quote:You can switch off/ignore all of the touch orientated features now.


Go on then, tell us..... Smile
lobsterboy e2
10 14.2k 13 United Kingdom
9 May 2013 8:45AM

Quote:The other day I wanted to install a Kindle app - first I thought I'd try the windows app store, but I gave up after not being abe to find a search option.

Just type. You can go to the start menu type "kindle" and click on store and it will take you there , or you can open the store type "kindle" and it will show you a list of mapping apps.


Quote:There is no obvious way to close down any of the "metro" style apps, but when you figure out how to do it, it's easy. Stupid, but easy. A big X button would have been better.

Yeah, though I think a 5 minute intro video would help people get to grips much quicker.


Quote:Go on then, tell us....

click on desktop, pin all your most used apps to the start bar and its exactly like using 7
Big Bri 13 15.6k United Kingdom
9 May 2013 8:50AM

Quote:click on desktop, pin all your most used apps to the start bar and its exactly like using 7


ah. Did that already Smile No start menu though, for those apps you can't fit on the taskbar.
lobsterboy e2
10 14.2k 13 United Kingdom
9 May 2013 8:53AM

Quote:No start menu though, for those apps you can't fit on the taskbar.


Pop up the start screen it is one giant start menu. What is it that you feel your missing ?
Big Bri 13 15.6k United Kingdom
9 May 2013 9:54AM
I don't, I'm actually used to it now. I have my metro screen laid out with everything useful in groups, and I have my desktop set up as I like it. Just wondered how far back to Win7 it was possible to go.
lobsterboy e2
10 14.2k 13 United Kingdom
9 May 2013 9:58AM
Well you can install a start menu and then it is almost identical. I've never really felt the need though as i don't use the start menu in 7 or 8 Smile
LesleyJ 7 144 England
9 May 2013 11:24AM
Can I ask if you are using windows 8 with a touch screen. I was going to upgrade when it came out but some many of the reviews werent good when it came to no touch devices that I didn't. Also love windows 7 so didnt want to upgrade then regret it.

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