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...

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 9:40pm

"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 - 11:14am

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 - 8:00pm

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 - 7:19pm

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 - 5:03pm

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 - 4:50pm

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 - 4:42pm

@ 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 - 4:02pm

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 - 3:39pm

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 - 4:58pm

@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 - 4:54pm

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 - 11:26am

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 - 7:31pm

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 - 12:10pm

@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 - 9:46am

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 - 5:53pm

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 - 3:07pm

@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 - 1:45pm

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 - 5:36pm

@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...

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 5:11pm

For one thing there are no "tiles" for things like recent items, printers, control panel, network setting and other things, like the shut down button.

Of course everything is still in...

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 12:29pm

Except Coke did an about face and restored the old order the public wanted. They did not insist on ramming New Coke down poeple's throats. And they didn't come up with a can or bottle that...

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 12:04pm

Surprisingly I'm not yet tired of saying this: Put the start MENU back in.

It's not hard. Take a couple of hours worth of revenue and buy Stardock, then bundle Start8 (or if you'd rather "...

Monday, October 21, 2013 - 4:59pm

So now closing an app in Metro/Modern/Whatever-it's-called is more complicated? That's the way it seems to me. And I can't say I like it. What about apps that take up a lot of resources,...

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 1:13pm

I do miss the old MS, but for different reasons.

Back in the late 90s, MS in mexico offered a free upgrade to the next Office suite if one bought the current version (I forget the exact...

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 5:27pm

I can vouch for that. It doesn't work on the desktop at all.

But wait! There's less!

If you're using Win8.1's Metro/Modern/Whatever-it's-called-this-week interface on a desktop PC,...

Monday, October 7, 2013 - 6:58pm

I still don't get it. Sure, MS had to go into the tablet business, and that means touch. So, sure, slap a touch interface to Windows and put it out there. But why buthcer the dekstop, and why...

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 6:02pm

Is there a way to go abck more than one page at a time? I use that a lot on the desktop when checking up on 3-5 sites per session.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 10:08am

Noted, and I appreciate Mr. Thurrot making it available.

But the main point of my complaint is that MS did not make the lock screen easy to disable.

Monday, September 30, 2013 - 11:56am

This works well for tablets, I'm sure. But on a desktop PC the lock screen doesn't even make sense. Since MS is hell-bent on foisting a mobile OS onto the desktop, why isn't there a simple way to...

What I Use

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×