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  1. Joined : Dec 2013
    Posts : 89
    Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium
       21 Dec 2013 #91

    True....but that dough get's spent on the kids and grandkids' gadgets and gizmos.

    And, if they really were smart about it (M$) they would leave our Windows 7 alone because we were all weened on Windows UI with minor changes since Windows 95.

    So to me, the reality of marketing the younger generation is tell-tale by callously dumping Windows 8/8.1 on us creaky old Curmudgeons! ompous:
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Bay Area
    Posts : 12,915
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64
       21 Dec 2013 #92

    I think it's widely accepted that MS wants the same GUI across platforms, thus the new look. What would have been better IMHO is an improved native sync ability so people could easily sync amongst their devices.

    While the attraction of having a unified look throughout all devices is obvious, the limitation of mobile devices makes it necessary to change the desktop GUI to mimic the mobile GUI. This is where most of our angst comes from.

    This basic, touch oriented GUI is just not suitable for most desktop usage. But since the growth is in mobile devices, whether used by teens or not, that is where we are being pushed.

    While the obvious solution to us is a choice, apparently MS thinks if there is choice, there will not be a unified look. Just separate the two and let people choose what to use. Too simple for them to grasp apparently.

    Assuming the mobile users are who will be buying their OS. Makes no sense, as they are buying mobile devices...makes you want to scream!

    A Guy
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  3. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 1,962
    Windows 7
       21 Dec 2013 #93

    I bet they will split the desktop and mobile GUIs again. They got too much flack with 8 and are not selling. They are not that dumb.
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  4.    22 Dec 2013 #94

    Well today, well I got the email yesterday, I've doubled my Skydrive storage. I'm now allowed 45GB, well I'd got 25 but just been given another 20 for a year.
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  5. Joined : Oct 2013
    Nothern Ohio
    Posts : 446
    Windows 7/64 Professional
       22 Dec 2013 #95

    Microsoft already has a operating system with auto fix. They call them tablets with Windows 8.
    When they break you just throw them away and get another one. (The Fix)
    We know the finger print users don't know and don't want to know anything but poke and go.
    These kind of people would have to pay someone to repair them. The cost of repair would be more than just getting another one. PGBR (Poke and Go/Broke/Replace).
    Just mail them to this address for replacement.

    99 SUCKER ST.
    attention PGBR
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  6. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 1,962
    Windows 7
       22 Dec 2013 #96

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  7. Joined : Nov 2013
    Posts : 20,727
    Tower: W8.1; Laptop: W10 Pro build 10586; Windows Phone 8
       23 Dec 2013 #97

    Obviously 8 was too drastic a change for old dinosaurs who didn’t like the new way of opening desktop programs, so they revised it in 8.1. Configure boot to desktop and to use All Apps instead of Start Screen. Don't like that? > Then use Taskbar menus: Yet not enough? > Use 3rd party.

    Whatever one performed in 7 and previous so far as “production” goes, one can continue performing in 8.x using mouse and keyboard without touch. Office Pro 2013 runs just fine on the Desktop along with any other 3rd party Win32 programs including CADs, photo editors, etc.

    I take it some don’t like the benefit of receiving important personal info in record time so far as "consumption" goes: That’s OK > You can still perform it the old way.
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  8.    23 Dec 2013 #98

    Well I'm an old dinosaur and I personally find Win8/8.1 as easy and productive as Win7 and my PC is older than me in terms of technology !!!!
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  9. Joined : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 8,197
    Windows 10 IoT
       23 Dec 2013 #99

    Dito, another old dinosaur here, for my day to day stuff I have no problem using 8.1. After using it for a while I don't miss the old Start Menu. My only complaint is some of the settings accessed though the charms bar are buried a little deep and hard to find. It kind of reminds me of the Windows 7 start menu.
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  10. Joined : Nov 2013
    Land of 10,000 lakes
    Posts : 10,346
    W10 Pro, W10 Home
       23 Dec 2013 #100

    I have made a few tweaks to make W8 look more like W7, because that is my preference. I was just glad they were available. But I also remember doing the very same thing to make W7 more like XP, when 7 first came out as well. In fact, I don't recall a single instance of any OS, whether Windows or Linux that came "out of the box" exactly to my liking.
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