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