Friday, February 28, 2014 - 18:08

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 - 20:54

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 - 10:03

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 - 15:47

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

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 18:21

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 - 09:24

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 - 16:32

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 - 10:05

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...

Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 23:02

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 - 10:12

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.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 18:06

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...

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 20:40

"Microsoft today announced a new service that makes it easier than ever to switch from Google's privacy-invading Gmail service to Outlook.com."

This would sound better if Microsoft were not...

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 10:14

I won't argue again about the start screen vs start menu, but I will say a great many people don't see the former as being equivalent to the latter.

If, and that's a big "if," Microsoft...

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 19:00

Should anyone still be reading this thread, here's a question:

I've been using computers since the Apple ][e back in the 80s. I passed through DOS, Win3.11, Win95-98-XP-Vista-7, and on...

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 18:19

Funny. But you know, Win95 made DOS easier to use and made multitasking DOS programs much better. That amde the transition to desktop programs that much more palatable.

Had MS done to DOS...

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 16:03

A full-featured desktop would have a start menu, no lock screen, quick-launch icons (yes, I know Win7 didn't have them either), full control for the color of the taskbar (why isn't that even an...

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 15:50

There's nothing easy about moving the mouse pointer all over a 23" monitor to click on the tile one wants to run.

Also, I own a 2012 Nexus 7 with Android 4.3, while some apps hide controls...

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 15:42

@ WaltC

I'd like to be able to believe that. I really would. When I realized Win8 had shipped without a start menu, I thought "No one in their right mind would just remove the start menu."...

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 15:02

Full-featured desktop: start menu, lose the lock screen, allow changes to the taskbar theme and/or put Aero Glass back in (it turns out battery conservation makes no sense on a desktop PC...

Monday, December 2, 2013 - 14:39

I hope they return a full-featured desktop with plenty of open, easy access to configuration choices. Otherwise I'll keep on sticking with Win7 til the bitter end.

It's really too bad....

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 15:58

@rmlounsbury

I'm not looking for a deal, actually. 99% of all I do is accomplished with Word (the rest with Excel). The one with Office 2010 is perfectly fine, and I can run it in a new PC...

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 15:54

It's like this: my friends I like to meet, rather than talk on the phone or sending messages. We also have a strict no cellphone nor tablet use when we get together.

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 10:26

Keep in mind a good deal is not necessarily good for everyone. I'm single, have few friends, no children, and live alone. Telling me I can install the software on five computers is not an...

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 18:31

That was a concern when I bought the Nexus 7. I figure it's a not-at-all-subtle way of pushing users into the Google cloud.

But thus far I haven't come close to filling up the alloted...

Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 11:10

@LemonSaucy Actually I own a Nexus7 and I'm in love with it. But you're right that a tablet is not a serious tool for work. I got a 7" tablet mostly in order to read ebooks and play podcasts and...

Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 08:46

Agreed. Microsoft should not do to Office what it's already done to Windows. But then they shouldn't have dumbed down Windows to begin with, so I wouldn't expect much from Office for touch.

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 16:53

Do you use every option and every feature of any given OS, or do you favor tgose that suit you?

If the former, I'm very sorry for you.

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 14:07

@LemonSaucy, the much hyped return of the start button felt like a slap in the face. Seriously, it was as though MS were saying "Here! Here's your @#&# start button! Now go and use the Metro...

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 12:45

The missing start menu was my deal-breaker. Had it been there, I'd have bought a Win8 desktop PC last January.

Additionally, when showing the Win8.1 preview to a coulpe dozen people,...

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 16:36

@LemonSaucy To sum up my expereince, I hate Windows 8 and 8.1 and I hope Microsoft will lose their collective shirt on it.

I've been playing with the Win8.1 preview. I've found no value at...

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