zag (3rd April 2014)
Will this be enough to make the Windows 8 haters happy?
As a part of its Build 2014 announcements, Microsoft showed off an interesting twist on its classic Start Menu. Coming to Windows 8.1 in a future update, it has the look of the Start Menu Windows users have experienced for years, but adds the Live Tiles Microsoft has been pushing as a part of Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Terry Myerson made the announcement as part of an example of how universal Windows apps will be able to run in a window (and on Xbox), although users craving something familiar will probably just be happy to see their old Start Menu again.
Last edited by Arthur; 3rd April 2014 at 12:52 AM.
zag (3rd April 2014)
It's what they should have done in the first place. I'd be much happier deploying 8.1 to my users with a start menu like that. Updating it without completely changing it.
Nooo!!! The Start Screen was great. That will be rubbish on touch screens.
That is how they should have done it. Metro apps are just that, apps. They should run windowed not exclusive.
If you can optionally turn the live tiles off altogether then this would be a good move. Microsoft have to accept that there are many customers who are simply not interested in Apps and are happy with the more 'traditional' method of installing applications.
Let's just hope this becomes the default for Windows 9. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have had a few noticeable GUI changes which you could argue may confuse users even more. At least with Windows 7 you're guaranteed everyone's desktop looks the same!
Put it this way, I've not come across a single (non technical person) yet who gets or understands what tiles are all about - they just want a clean desktop, however at the same time they do get how the iPad works. The iPad you could argue is more straight forward in layout with big icons, but the tiles are varying in colour and shape... and merged together. It doesn't work as well at all.
i refuse to update now for 8.1 u1 i like my metro interface for my gaming rig, it feels so nice and i know where all is,
however i can see this working in corparte/education
Just to re-iterate a point that may get lost here....
THIS IS NOT HAPPENING IN WINDOWS 8.1 UPDATE 1!!
IT IS FOR A "FUTURE" UPDATE - POSSIBLY UPDATE 2 OR WINDOWS 9/THRESHOLD
That is all
What they've created would be a good way of moving forward, but no doubt it'll be for Windows 9 as @Gatt wrote which would make more sense. I think Windows 8 is a great OS (it is generally faster than 7), but they just need to tweak the interface.
From what I read about the Update 1 (gizmodo), when doing a fresh install it will customize the experience on if it detects a touchscreen or not. With all the options then being possible to switch on or off to suit your tastes. Ergo, in the future update 2/Win 9 it will probably leave the start screen on for touchscreen and enable the classic start menu for mice enabled PC's. But you could then presumably switch it to whatever you like?
They took their time, but got there in the end
Lets hope this makes it into Windows 9!
From the event I went to at Microsoft a few days ago, it seems Group Polices are on their way out...
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