Source: Windows Blog
quote: yup, Ive never seen an OS update thats had that big of an effect.
quote: The problems between Windows 7 and 8/8.1 is the way DircetX implements 2D elements in a the 3D app.
quote: This doesn't even mean anything.
quote: It makes me laugh how Windows 7 was almost universally praised while Vista was panned, considering how much they have in common.
quote: Vista was actually quite a good OS.
quote: and a lot of that is due to the butt ugly UI "improvements" that sacrifice quality for speed.
quote: If microsoft fails to bring back the aero desktop, start MENU and configurability of the UI[IE the modern UI needs to go bye bye] for Windows 9, I might just upgrade.
quote: I think people are just locked into the old way of navigating through setting and control panel.
quote: If it's not broken, don't fix it!
quote: There's a phenomenon in UI design called 'baby duck syndrome' - basically it means that once users learn how to use an interface, they become resistant to changes.
quote: Windows 3.1 was perfectly fine for everyone's tasks at the time - according to this doctrine it was therefore perfect and unimprovable, which clearly isn't the case.
quote: but those still on Windows 7 and below will need to pay for the unpleasantness of using the new Start Screen.
quote: You cannot just discount a feature/improvement (whatever you want to call it) because it doesn't apply directly to you.
quote: Either way, regardless of whether or not YOU use a battery, improved battery life is a major selling point for the average user.
quote: Well it DOES apply to me. And I'm not going to sacrifice the niceties of Windows 7 and deal with the crap UI of 8 so I can get an improvement of 4% battery life on my laptop...
quote: Major selling point? Really? 4% is a major selling point? I think not...
quote: We're not talking about Windows 7, we're talking about the features and improvements that are provided compared to Windows 8.
quote: First, please provide a reference to where you got 4%.
quote: Secondly yes, any improvement in battery life is always a major selling point of an OS. 4% or 40%, it's an improvements, and that is a selling point.
quote: The original post we have been replying to directly implied the difference of battery life between Windows 7 and 8/8.1.
quote: Again, you need to learn proper contextual comprehension. The statement I made was that the trade-off of 4% better battery life is NOT worth giving up the well loved attributes of 7 that one looses when moving from 7 to 8/8.1.
quote: Actually no, it wasn't, because it was MY post.
quote: If you weren't happy with Windows 8 you aren't going to be happy with Windows 8.1.
quote: Learn to read bro, it'll help you make actual arguments.
quote: at least for the business models. If they didn't, companies simply wouldn't buy it.
quote: You are trying, much like microsoft themselves, to justify a horrid GUI with core functions that MOST users will never need.
quote: Hybrid devices are supported by Windows 2000 & up and are nothing new to the windows world.
quote: Wireless displays are also supported by XP & above.
quote: battery life is not significantly improved even when compared to XP on identical hardware.
quote: get educated and quit blowing sunshine up everyone's bum about Windows 8/8.1.
quote: No, it hasn't. 8.1 is the first WINDOWS OS with NATIVE hybrid support. Prior to 8.1, it was driver hacks and workarounds which can cause instability and lower performance.
quote: Really? Where did you get that statistic? Battery life has been improving gradually over time for a while now. This is just pure trolling.
quote: It does seems like win8 solves most of the complaints people had.
quote: It solves none.
quote: If you want to interact with the Modern UI and NOT loose your focus on your desktop activities, you have that option too.
quote: New "start button" but it goes to the same place or to the apps page.
quote: hot corners work fine with multiple monitors under 8and anyone RDPd into a windows server 2012 system should know to press alt-home
quote: and anyone RDPd into a windows server 2012 system should know to press alt-home
quote: You can keep your Internet connection enabled. When a screen called Connect this PC to your Microsoft account appears it will ask you for Email Address and Password (for Outlook.com or similar Microsoft service). If you have one you may put it in or if you don’t have it (or use Gmail instead), you have an option to create one. I suppose you want neither otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this right?1. If you don’t want to create Microsoft account enter some invalid email here for example: Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org Password: whatever you like, doesn’t matter (I entered 12345678).2. Windows will now check this account and conclude that there was a problem with logging into this account (as it obviously doesn’t exist).3. On the side a text will appear – “The email address or password is incorrect. If you don’t remember your password, create a local account now and set up your Microsoft account later.”4. Click on create a local account now part of the text and you’re now creating a local account.