Impromptu wrote:Windows 8 took me only a couple of days to figure out. It isn't very difficult. I can do more with it with programs of my choice. Rather than being locked into using apple products in a conformist manner.
The full Start button will be back on Windows 10. I find it funny that a big complaint is the missing Start button. Remember when it first came out, how much ridicule there was for having to push the Start button to turn it off? Now people can't live without it.
I find Live Tiles a very nice system for my Windows phone. Cortana is an awesome personal assistant. The Microsoft translator is pretty good. I speak English into my phone and it speaks Spanish, German, or many other languages. Reversing the language for a back and forth conversation is easy, too.
My Surface Pro beats any tablet, and most laptops, at least for my activities.
Isn't it nice we live in a capitalist society and can argue about which amazing product we like better?
I'll admit that I don't get Windows 8. It looks like MS thinks EVERYONE has a touchscreen/Tablet?
Every time I hit the "windows" key on the 4-5 Win 8 machines I've tried, it goes alternatively to the "charm" screen and then to the "main screen", but no longer has a start button nor an easy way to enter commands (The command prompt I would often use in Win95/XP/even Vista seems somehow gimped.)
I also absolutely HATE MS Support for their Server products;
case in point, we have a critical application which, as of 3 years ago, only supported Server 2003 (MS verification processes are VERY cumbersome.)
Now, MS announced that they are ENDING support for Server 2003 COMPLETELY on July 15th, and there is no easy way to just "upgrade" to a newer version; we have to get an entirely new server.
Of course, the product we use (like many others) now only supports Server 2008, as 2011 is "too new" and many products don't yet support it;
I'm sure we'll be in the same dilemma a few years from now.
On the consumer side, MS has made transferring data incredibly cumbersome; they used to have a (decent) data transfer tool, which they completely disavowed with Win 8.1. Their solution is to send (2 Terabytes?) to their cloud and copy over to the new machine. They even completely ended support for a "transfer cable" they used to sell (like, literally, a year ago.)
On the plus side, the $200 touchscreen Dell I bought my wife works relatively well.
OpenOffice and Firefox meets her needs just fine. She has the usual "windows hiccups" but she uses no mission critical apps, so we're ok with it.