Friday, September 19, 2014 - 1:40pm

I like the idea of sending feedback directly to Microsoft. Any idea whether this will be available worldwide?

I also like what I'm seeing of this new interface, except for one thing: the...

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 10:25am

I'm relieved that 1) programs won't appear as tiles when one clicks in "all apps" and 2) the tiles on the right side can be pinned, unpinned and resized.

About the latter, these may prove...

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 9:03pm

Stardock take note: you can repeat at least a portion of the success of Start8 by selling a theme replacement for the flat, lifeless look of Windows 9.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 5:41pm

With their luck, it will turn out "One" is a registered trademark of Sesame Street (remember Metro and Sky Drive).

I personally favor calling it Windows AE (Apology Edition).

Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 1:53pm

I'm eager to try the preview for the new Windows OS. At the same time I'm very skeptical in light of what Windows 8 and 8.1 were.

The test now is: can Windows still be used on the desktop...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 11:25am

I would call this update very consequential. Not for what it contains, but for what it implies: Microsoft is writting off Windows 8.

Serious desktop users who own Win8 machines will have...

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 6:34pm

I just realized we're missing somehting, and all too many discussions about Win8 and the desktop have missed it, too:

How many poeple ven know the Windows 7 desktop?

Consider the...

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 11:46am

I live in Mexico, where streaming content is very limited. I got a Chromecast solely on the strength that it would stream Netflix, and because I already owned a Nexus 7. To date that's what I've...

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 11:14am

It's too bad they can't make Sinofsky and Ballmer pay for the severance packages.

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 11:11am

What would have made sense for an independent Nokia does not make sense for an MS-owned Nokia, of course.

The question is how long can MS carry nokia if Windows Phone does not get a...

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 8:04pm

I wonder how necessary it is to have the "same" OS in different devices in this day of the Cloud.

I use XP at work and Win7 at home. When I get flight schedules in Gmail, the Android tablet...

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 5:43pm

If Microsoft wants to keep Win7 from becoming the new XP, they need to do two things:

1) Make Windows 9 irresistible to desktop users (*)
2) Either make the upgrade from Win7 SP1 to...

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 12:14pm

To paraphrase from Babylon 5:

Microsoft: If we cannot make inroads in mobile, the consequences will be unfortunate.

PC Users: If you force us to walk where we do not wish to, the...

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 12:29pm

The short list of the most spectacular commercial failures in American History has grown to three: The Ford Edsel, New Coke have been joined by Windows 8.

And yet my really big question,...

Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 3:29pm

I ran the Windows 8.1 preview for a few weeks, saya few days of exclusive use. I failed to find one single thing the Metro/Modern/Whatever-it's-called interface was in any way or form prefferable...

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 9:55am

Because Windows 8, in whatever iteration, is not a desktop OS (or as I call it WINDOS, ie Windows 8 Is Not a Desktop OS). It's a tablet OS. So they have to hide the taskbar,and the other controls...

Monday, March 3, 2014 - 11:46am

Let's talk about settings.

I have two PCs. A Win7 desktop (brand new!) and a Vista laptop (I got it as a gift). I also use an XP at the office, which management does not intend to upgrade...

Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 7:52pm

I've been able to lock the PC with a password since Win95. I've never chosen to do so. I resent being forced to do so now. A PIN or a picture is the exact same thing: wasted time for no gain....

Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 8:06am

I find it annoying to have to enter a password every time I start the PC.

Beyond that, I mistrust the notion of integrating Bing into search. It seems so unnecessary, that surely the...

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 7:08pm

If "free" means letting Microsoft spy on all my searches, or maybe all that goes on in my PC (who can tell these days?), then the asking price is just too high.

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 9:54pm

If anyone believes casual users would take to an interface that is 1) completely different from everything they know, 2) highly non-intuitive (especially with mouse and keyboard), 3) with hidden...

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 11:03am

From what I've seen of Update 1 so far, I have to admit something: Had Win8 had come out like Update 1 in 2012 to begin with, I might have bought a PC running it rather than look for alternatives...

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 4:47pm

And here I still want the drop-down menus back.

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 7:21pm

It took me six minutes, maybe seven, to set up my Chromecast last month. And the most complicated part was finding a power outlet. The rest, including downloading the app and connecting to the...

Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 10:24am

Had all this come out with Win8.1, or better yet right from the start with Win8, it might have made a lot more sense.

As it is, all I can say now is "A day late and a dollar short."

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 5:32pm

Ah, I've wanted to say something like this to all the Windows 8 and 8.1 apologists who turn offensive when anyone expresses dislike of the latest Microsoft OS:

This is the future of web...

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 11:05am

I fail to see a problem with Chromecast, at elast in some cases.

Consider myself. I live in Mexico City and already own an Android tablet. Roku, Apple TV and others are not that easy to...

Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 12:02am

What Microsoft needs to focus on for the next release can be summed up in one word: choice.

Lack of choice was the big problem with Windows 8, and it got only slightly better with Windows 8...

Friday, January 10, 2014 - 11:12am

One must ask when Microsoft developed an allergy to folders. A very annoying detail of Windows 8(.1) is the inability to create folders in either the Start Screen or the All Apps list.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 7:06pm

If Microsoft plans to experiment with a start menu that will further infuriate desktop users, then it should be released in the update. That way they can change it for the Threshold/8.2/9 version...

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