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  1.    26 May 2014 #1
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    Windows XP was officially retired on April 8, the same day when Microsoft brought the new Windows 8.1 Update to life, a refreshed version of the original Windows 8.1 that comes with plenty of improvements to the traditional PC.

    Microsoft has worked a lot to improve Windows 8.1 with the first update and the company is also planning to release another one sometime this year in a similar effort to make the operating system a little bit more helpful on the PC and for those still relying on a mouse and keyboard as the main input method.

    Since Windows XP is no longer receiving patches and Windows 8.1 is a little bit disappointing for some, pretty much because it still lacks the familiar interface they had in Windows 7, almost everyone is looking forward Windows 9, the next full Windows release that's expected to debut in early 2015.
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  2.    28 May 2014 #2
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    Just love reading something that is noting more than "Conjecture.". . .
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  3.    03 Jun 2014 #3
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    Conjecture my eye....
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  4.    03 Jun 2014 #4
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    Toronto
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    I don't understand why this article took Windows 7 for granted. It's the last most usable Windows OS for sure. With all that is going on with Win 8 and the epic "8.1.2(?)" update fail, I am not counting on Windows 9 anymore. The current Windows OS trend is "rip-off the consumers".
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  5.    03 Jun 2014 #5
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    From article.

    Of course, Windows 9 will continue to be focused on touch-capable devices, including tablets, so the Modern UI will also get quite a lot of improvements, some of which are very likely to be aimed not only at touch units, but also at the traditional PC that still relies on a mouse and keyboard.
    Bull droppings.

    We prefer mouse and keyboards.
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  6.    04 Jun 2014 #6
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    Oh well, I suspect the folks using XP and waiting for 9 to be so much better than 8.x will be disappointed. Nine will likely have most if not all of the features of 8.x the main changes will be the look and hopefully improvements under the hood. The start screen will be there and I think that the desktop will still play second fiddle to it. I hope that there will be improvements but what can MS do?? Add a start button and then what?? Right now you can add on classic shell and get a great start button for free.

    For now I'll wait and see what happens with 9 when MS has an official announcement.
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  7.    08 Jun 2014 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by badrobot, post: 31052, member: 124
    I don't understand why this article took Windows 7 for granted. It's the last most usable Windows OS for sure. With all that is going on with Win 8 and the epic "8.1.2(?)" update fail, I am not counting on Windows 9 anymore. The current Windows OS trend is "rip-off the consumers".

    Hmmm... I must have missed that, somehow.

    I certainly didn't have any issues installing the update, and I wouldn't call the improvements MS have made a 'fail' either. I'm very happy with the changes, in fact.

    Nor would I claim that Win 8.1 is unusable, with or without the update. It's far better than Win 8 in that respect, actually, and, if set up properly, you won't notice any loss of performance or usability over Win 7. Nor, indeed, does it look much different either, if set to boot directly to the desktop. In fact, apart from the absence of Aero Glass, I've had several people swear I'm running Win 7 when they look at my machine, until I show them otherwise.

    Cheers!

    Wenda.
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  8.    09 Jun 2014 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda, post: 31569, member: 149
    Hmmm... I must have missed that, somehow.

    I certainly didn't have any issues installing the update, and I wouldn't call the improvements MS have made a 'fail' either. I'm very happy with the changes, in fact.

    Nor would I claim that Win 8.1 is unusable, with or without the update. It's far better than Win 8 in that respect, actually, and, if set up properly, you won't notice any loss of performance or usability over Win 7. Nor, indeed, does it look much different either, if set to boot directly to the desktop. In fact, apart from the absence of Aero Glass, I've had several people swear I'm running Win 7 when they look at my machine, until I show them otherwise.

    Cheers!

    Wenda.
    Hi.

    Win 8 works alright. But most of the time you have to tweak it to work the way we know windows as they were before.
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  9.    09 Jun 2014 #9

    This is from Softpedia, I can't believe anything they write. They talk about the Start Menu coming to 8.1 update 2, when it was reported as doubtful until Windows 9 and make other assertions. To me this whole article is worthless reading.
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  10.    11 Jun 2014 #10

    Hi there

    W7 as most useable OS -- I'd have to disagree with that. I don't find any problems with W8.1 or XP or even Windows 3.11. They were all quite "useable" as was of course W7 itself - and even VISTA if you had decent hardware.

    I can only say if you want a totally UNUSABLE desktop OS try Windows NT. Might have worked as a server but absolutely HIDEOUS as a desktop OS -- even the most convoluted Linux distro works better. !!

    W7 wasn't bad but I'm looking forward to W9 -- I think Ms has probably learned something -- nothing wrong with some purpose built metro apps but MARRY THEM to the desktop so it's not an "either Or". Some classical apps will STILL be on a desktop in 50 years time while there will be a whole slew of other apps we probably haven't even thought about but won't be able to do without later. Any OS on whatever device should be able to handle all these scenarios without the user having to leave the environment they are currently using -- i.e running a Metro app shouldn't mean leaving the desktop environment -- or from a metro app you should be able to run a desktop app directly too.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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