Honestly, I just don't get all the angst and complaints over the W8.1 start screen. That is what it is... a start screen. Its far more organisable and attractive than anything W7 could offer imo ) and you can flick between desktop and start at will. Having a "proper" start screen that can carry a lot of items means I can keep the desktop and system tray totally uncluttered.
W9 will have to go some to improve on this for usability... again imo
I run virtual machines and can wipe and set up my Windows exactly as I like in no time at all. I image them as well. Nine PC's in total plus the one built up of parts for my brother in law. Some of us here go shooting, fishing, camping, hiking, motor racing etc. Computers is a big interest to me. I also have plenty of systems to fool with while still being fully up to speed.
No I did not know there was a 3rd part Aero, it has to be pretty stable and reliable. I don't want any instability.
I have no problems navigating the Start Screen with a keyboard and mouse. Keyboard and trackball in my case. Quick and efficient, and faster than drilling down though a start menu.
Not quite sure what you mean here. If speaking of search within Start Menu, 8.1 Smart Search is far, far better. Smart Search: Reinvented for Windows 8.1Navigating the system from the search field to all directories and files is a must. It's fast and efficient.
WinKey/S or Q (everything except when in IE, WinKey/Q when in IE is search with Bing via IE)
I'm working along and just remembered I have to email Nathan again (notice I said again). WinKey > type "nathan k” > Search result appears and “Email Nathan” is on the list because Bing records frequent events and/or searches.
Had he not been in history this would have opened to choose options. One is his profile in my People app. Choose Email in this case. Email app opens.
But since he did appear, arrow key down then Enter > Email app opens and a draft email is addressed to him > Type email > Alt/S > Alt/F4 > Walla! Done!
I'm working along and the wife texts me that I have to cook dinner tonight and she wants chicken. Ugh! I don't like her recipe and I don't have one. WinKey/S > Type "Chicken recipes".
Press a result on the drop-down list > Search result appears, which is saved on a separate screen to refer back to if need be. Scroll down that screen and it will show Store results also.
I'm writing this post in Word 2013. Notice that because the words "Chicken recipes" is contained in it, it shows the Word file even though I have it open.
Select as many interesting ones as desired for they will each open on a separate IE tab > Make a decision on one or multiple > Either Ctrl/P to print or better yet WinKey/C > Share > Email it to yourself so to have it on any device including what? > Your PDA. You could add multiple email addresses to share it with anyone. I myself would use OneNote since I use that a lot.
I have a file, but I don’t know what it’s titled and not sure what extension it’s in. However, I do know it was an Office file and contains the words “square feet”. WinKey/F > Type “square feet” > Enter and walla! It finds the file I was looking for. Not sure why it brought up the other files, but I don’t care. It found the Excel file titled “Design Rates” which is what I was after.
The search results come up very quickly. No need to waste time opening File Explorer or a lot of programs to accomplish things. If needed, an app opens automatically, therefore a lot of times we don't have to chase through any menu in any form. I'm aware that files and programs are easily found within the Start Menu search, but that's about it. Kind of limited next to what Smart Search performs.
These tasks didn't disturb anything on my desktop or Modern screen I was working on to quickly return to. WinKey or Alt/Tab gets me back to that. All the apps needed to complete the task opened automatically. I'm assuming with multiple virtual desktops added in 9 multitasking will be even easier, even in the Modern Store apps.
Some claim this may not be suitable for enterprise?! Let's get real. This is a very productive system. How's 7, Linux, Chrome, and/or iOS looking now?
This post brought to you by
Last edited by HippsieGypsie; 21 Sep 2014 at 07:50.
I do, of course, reserve the right to change my mind at any given moment...
Pretty sure though that I don't want any live tiles anywhere ever tho. I don't want anything connecting to anything unless I tell it to.
And I already have forecastfox on my browser, so even a weather exception is already covered.
Some more eye-candy....
Hope it's real - entirely transparent taskbar looks good...