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Comment Re:If you don't like metro... (Score 0, Flamebait) 800

I understand people don't like change, which Windows 8 certainly is, but what I don't get is why some self-confessed-geeks can't seem to see how that in literally seconds you're back to the comfortable old way of using the OS while also enjoying the benefits of 8 over 7 - the speed and memory-footprint improvements must surely be worth more than the 1-2 minutes of customisation Win8 takes if you want ye olde Win7 look & feel back.

Comment Re:If you don't like metro... (Score 2, Informative) 800

WinKey+D and you're back to Windows 7. Or a single-click from the start-menu. Or in 8.1 you won't even have to do that.

Don't like the start-menu? Don't use it then - in seconds you've got your old menu back. Also Win8 noticeably uses less memory than 7; the shell upgrades are nice and frankly if you're stuck at "this isn't working as I want it to" then you should hand your geek-badge in because really....this isn't difficult. There's some nice things in Windows 8, but yes, some things have moved around too.

Comment Re:How to save your company (Score 1) 800

Honestly, the way I see it it's a way of standarising the UI across platforms while giving users a way of falling back to the old UI too. Yes, the start menu looks different but it still works the same way and based on stats, many people rarely used it anyway. Don't like metro? Don't use it. Want your old start-menu? There's a tonne of options to get it back via 3rd-party apps in seconds.
The value of Win8 comes when you have multiple devices - with each one having a familiar UI if wanted. I've got a Win8 tablet which I barely use the desktop for and a desktop that I've uninstalled every metro app (almost) for, but my settings and the occasional app is nice to have synced over all devices. If I want to play Angry Birds on the desktop I can (and sometimes do) but as normal usage, I rare leave the desktop. 1 platform with 2 optional modes - it's not as bad as some people here want you to believe.

Comment Re:If you don't like metro... (Score 1) 800

It's true it's a change, and that general tends to be where most of the complaints I've heard come from. Still though; WinKey+C will get you to the config panel anywhere and it's 2 clicks from there. Or in PowerShell Restart-Computer does the business too. Aside from that, is there any need to regularly reboot? Same with shutdown - hit the power-button or close the lid and you're done. Implicitly commanding the OS to shutdown is kind of a 90's thing to do to be honest - would you do it on an iPad for example? Unlikely.

Comment Re:If you don't like metro... (Score 4, Informative) 800

2 options: if you're a heavy start-menu user for some reason, there's plenty of OSS packages to revive the old menu. Like really, in less than 60 seconds you can have it back. Second option; pin programs to the start bar or desktop. Neither one is a big deal and against this small downside (for some) you have smaller memory footprint & a faster OS on almost all metrics. I find it incredible that self-confessed geeks have such an issue with this very small speed-bump that actually benefits many others who use it.

Comment TFA & Premise is FUD (Score 1) 1010

Lenovo sales are up; Apple sales are down. Those two facts alone show the problem isn't Windows 8, but then again there's nothing like reinforcing a narrative many here wants to believe no matter what with creative stats anyway.


Comment Re:Why all the hate? (Score 1) 502

This is an anti-MS website that's why. The folks here just want to hear about how Microsoft screwed up - any other narrative isn't welcome.

Win8 really isn't that different from 7 with the bonus of being able to run Metro apps if you really want to. Granted, I don't like all the UI changes either but I do like the improvements - synced data & apps, faster kernel etc. It really is an improvement over all, but it is a change.

Comment This is not True (Score 0, Redundant) 295

Some places are still offloading old inventory but the vast majority of high-street retailers for example are selling all Win8. This is another Slashdot attempt at convincing everyone Win8 is terrible and Microsoft are doomed - it's been the same tired narrative for as long as I can remember, the only variables are the version-numbers of [product]. Flame away, my crimes of going against the group-think will not go unpunished I'm sure.

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