Source: MWC 2014
quote: You guys act like Microsoft doesn't give you options.
quote: By arunkj78 I mean what were they thinking?
quote: I like Windows 8's hugely improved boot times. I'm seeing 12 seconds on my desktop and even less on my laptop which has a uEFI fastboot thing that's so fast it practically doesn't seem to take any time to boot.
quote: With Windows 8, there’s no doubt that we made a big bet and took a first step toward that future. We bet on touch and on mobility in a big way, and included a fresh take on what a touch-based interface could be for customers. We believe deeply in this direction and the future will continue to build on Windows 8.
quote: The Windows 8.1 Metro homescreen
quote: I think you mean Start Screen, that's what that's called. It's in no way a surprise that the Start Screen functions similarly to the Start Menu. That has always been the intent.
quote: If you're on the desktop and you open a JPG image... it will open in some Metro photo viewer... taking over the entire screen. That's confusing to some people.
quote: I know people who get a new Windows 8 laptop... and they are lost because they don't know why certain things are happening. "What is this? How do I get out of this?" are common questions I hear. It's just not what they're used to.
quote: Why are there two versions of Internet Explorer? One on Metro and one on the desktop? It's little things like that which are confusing.
quote: Most people barely understand computers anyway... but Windows has worked pretty much the same for a long time.
quote: But then they buy a computer with Windows 8... and they're greeted by a new UI with its own set of programs in addition to the familiar desktop. Some things open in a Metro app... while other things open in a traditional desktop program.
quote: Where people do have a problem is now this new Start Screen has its own set of apps that they're not used to.
quote: There are a billion PCs out in the world... but how many of them have touch screens?
quote: There's also a search button ... that will hover above the Modern UI making it much faster to get to these vital functions.
quote: One, does any MS product have a built in back door to anyone, but especially the NSA?
quote: Two, how are you going to be able to guarantee your users - cloud-based or not - that their data will be safe from snooping by the NSA or any other group?
quote: We are making improvements to the user interface that will naturally bridge touch and desktop, especially for our mouse and keyboard users. We have a number of targeted UI improvements that keep our highly satisfying touch experience intact, but that make the UI more familiar and more convenient for users with mouse/keyboard1. Don’t worry, we still LOVE and BELIEVE IN touch… but you’ll like how much more smooth and convenient these changes make mouse and keyboard use!
quote: Can we stop using the term that this fixes the interface for "mouse and keyboard users?
quote: Is a fourth option really necessary?
quote: I thought the whole complaint of the "power users" was that the interface was inconsistent with the same options being replicated in multiple places.
quote: No, the complaint is that the new interface is inefficient. Few people want to start Windows and see a Start Screen. We want a clean desktop devoid of icons, and a Task Bar/Dock/whatever it's called with user-selected programs. The Start Screen should be an app like any other, launched when the user choose to do so. It brings back bad memories of desktops cluttered with junk. And if that wasn't enough, the Start Screen has less features than the Start Menu. You only get one level of nesting, it doesn't support drag-and-drop, you can't reorganize anything...