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    I have gone back to using the Skype desktop client rather than the Metro one for this very reason.

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    I'm honestly trying to like it. I'm in the middle of building a base image of it so a few of my more advanced users can try it out and whilst doing this some of the UI changes I'm coming across just makes me wonder. Under the hood it's actually faster than Windows 7, but what it all comes down to is if it takes longer for me to perform a task on the new version of Windows than it did on the previous iteration, then it's failing. I hope they clean up some of the mess in the next release.

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    Windows 8.1 public preview is out on 26th June.

    blogs.windows.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2013/05/14/windows-keeps-getting-better.aspx

    “Windows Blue” will be called Windows 8.1 and will be a free update to Windows 8 for consumers through the Windows Store.
    We have much more to share about Windows 8.1 in the coming weeks. We will also be making a public preview of Windows 8.1 available starting on June 26, timed with the Build developer conference in San Francisco. The preview will be available for Windows 8 and Windows RT.

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    Sneak preview video of Windows 8.1 - great new start screen!

    http://youtu.be/2IcLrCMbKsw?t=11s
    Last edited by jinnantonnixx; 14th May 2013 at 09:33 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnixx View Post
    Sneak preview video of Windows 8.1 - great new start screen!

    KNOTS LANDING: Season Six Opening Titles - YouTube
    Erm, Knots Landing??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatt View Post
    Erm, Knots Landing??
    Technically, yes.
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    I got the joke straight away if that's any consolation, although it went straight over @Gatt's head.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    I got the joke straight away if that's any consolation, although it went straight over @Gatt's head.


    Err yeah it did I'm afraid - suprised you lot didn't hear the penny when it finally dropped about an hour later

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    Yey!

    Microsoft have finally given in and it looks like they are going to address the concerns about windows 8.

    Microsoft's forthcoming wave of Windows updates will streamline the OS and will even see the return of the much-missed Start menu, according to new reports.

    Rumors that Redmond is planning a new round of updates to the various forms of its OS first surfaced last week, with ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley reporting that Microsoft will deliver a mass overhaul called "Threshold" that will bring significant changes to Windows, Windows RT, and Xbox One.

    On Monday, Foley and fellow Microsoft-watcher Paul Thurrott both elaborated on those whispers, with each citing sources who claim the software giant will use Threshhold to address longstanding customer gripes with Windows 8.

    According to Foley, this next round of updates – let's call it Windows 8.2, although no version number has been announced – will see Microsoft's OS consolidated into three versions, each aimed at a different market.

    For starters, there will allegedly be a "modern" version of Windows that will be oriented around Windows Store apps, Redmond's touch-centric software model that debuted with Windows 8. This version will be similar to the current Windows RT OS that ships on Microsoft's ARM-based Surface tablets, but in its new incarnation it will span PCs, tablets, and phones, and it may run on the Intel chip architecture as well as ARM.

    A second version of Windows will be aimed at customers who want a more traditional PC experience, Foley reports, with emphasis on the desktop and a UI designed for keyboards and mice.

    There will also be a third version that targets enterprise customers, Foley's sources suggest. One difference with this version will be that instead of frequent, automatic updates delivered via the Windows Store, Microsoft will ship security fixes on a more predictable cadence to suit business IT admins.

    The idea appears to be that Microsoft will tailor slightly different versions of its operating system for different audiences, rather than the one-size-fits-all approach it tried when it launched the touch-driven Windows 8.

    Thurrott seems to agree with most of Foley's murmurings, but his own sources add that Redmond will also use the updates to address customer complaints about how Windows 8 works. For example, he claims, the so-called Windows 8.2 will allow users to run multiple Windows Store apps in windows on the desktop, rather than being forced to run them full screen even on high-resolution monitors, as they must do now.

    And in even bigger news, Thurrott said that he expects the next version of Windows to bring back the traditional Start menu as an option, addressing what is perhaps customers' biggest gripe in much the same way that Windows 8.1 restored the ability to boot directly to the desktop. He added, however, that it's possible that this feature will only be available on versions of Windows that support the desktop, and not on the consumer-oriented, Windows Store–centric version.

    How much credence do we give these rumors? It's always safest to be skeptical, but both Foley and Thurrott are seasoned Microsoft sleuths with reliable sources close to Redmond.

    Even if these reports are accurate, however, there is still plenty of time for Microsoft's plans to change. Foley and Thurrott both agree that this next round of Windows updates isn't due to hit until 2015.
    Source: It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources
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    Thank FSM for that! I was dreading a move to Windows 8/9 eventually here, as it seemed Microsoft simply wasn't listening to their largest customers - enterprise.

    There's a reason why office PCs have keyboards and mice - they're the most efficient method of entering information into a PC. You wouldn't replace a hammer with a brick...

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    Fingers crossed this happens. It should have been the strategy from the start (that was unintentional ).

    The annoying thing is that under the nonsense Windows 8 is a good OS.

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    Indeed! It sounds like they actually listened!

    Its the same old Microsoft cycle, good OS, bad OS, Good OS
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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    Indeed! That reports sounds like they actually listened!

    Its the same old Microsoft cycle, good OS, bad OS, Good OS
    What Cycle? NT 4 Good, Windows 2000 Good, XP Good, Vista Bad, 7 Good, 8 VERY VERY bad, 8.1 Bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quackers View Post
    What Cycle? NT 4 Good, Windows 2000 Good, XP Good, Vista Bad, 7 Good, 8 VERY VERY bad, 8.1 Bad.
    Last edited by sparkeh; 10th December 2013 at 03:43 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quackers View Post
    What Cycle? NT 4 Good, Windows 2000 Good, XP Good, Vista Bad, 7 Good, 8 VERY VERY bad, 8.1 Bad.
    98SE good, ME bad, XP good, Vista bad, 7 good, 8 bad

    NT and 2000 were a separate stream really until XP, and were not Microsoft's 'leading' product.



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