Monday, April 7, 2014 - 1:43pm

"Universally loathed" is ridiculous. Bringing back the Start menu may be the only insane thing I can see happening.

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 3:25pm

This is cool. I see a future without wireless carrier calling and SMS.

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 3:10pm

OK, so this may not be a big productivity booster, but it's still pretty awesome. It's these small customizations that people love.

Having the "background" image show *thru* the tiles is...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 6:06pm

Kind of like Windows 3.11.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 4:49pm

"It's often hard to find a new app on the Apps screen, and that's especially true if you have a lot of apps or if the color scheme you've chosen makes the highlight too subtle. For example, the...

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 4:23pm

Because I almost always use dektop apps maximized, showing modern apps on the taskbar and the taskbar in modern apps will, for me, make using modern apps almost indistinguishable from using...

Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 12:16pm

My dad just (as in, yesterday) upgraded from XP to a shiny new HP all-in-one straight from the Microsoft Store in San Diego. Windows 8.1 is all new to him, and this will be the first resource I...

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 6:09pm

P.S., I noticed that Mozilla's term for Metro is "Windows 8 Touch." That's better than Modern or Store.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 6:07pm

I'm not technical enough to know if this is just an x86 app running full screen to masquerade as a modern app, but I do know that unlike Chrome for Win 8, this actually looks *different* than the...

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 6:16pm

Did MS acquire the app dev part of Nokia, too? Will Here and Bing maps always exist side by side? I was never really clear on that.

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 6:15pm

I'm glad it offers turn-by-turn directions for GPS tablets, and transit info all in one. I like these apps a lot, but I cannot understand why Maps, Drive, and Transit are separate apps on the...

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 6:06pm

It gives you the street name when you get a little closer. Basically it's saying, Okay, you have a turn coming up. Then a little later it'll say "turn right onto Juniper Street."

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 1:35pm

Just noticed from this screenshot: it looks like the new official term for Metro/Modern apps is Store apps. Still not great.

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 1:32pm

Hey, I just want the time displayed on the Start Screen (or at least on the Calendar tile).

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 1:30pm

Then again, iOS wasn't running on the Mac. But I hear what you're saying. I would also like to see desktop apps shown individually in the new app switcher. (PS, that "desktop switcher" is called "...

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 1:24pm

Agree one hundred percent. Just from a UX standpoint, "folder" tiles should have been an option from the beginning. It would be nice if they expanded on the start screen when you clicked on them,...

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 1:35pm

Two things I would really like to see are an Xbox Music/Video Windows desktop client (yeah right) and the ability to play Smart DJ radio mixes for free on the phone client--like Pandora. Also, I'd...

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 1:28pm

I'll take your old Surface ;-)

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 8:32pm

Same here. I'm running 8.1 Pro Preview on a laptop.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 6:02pm

I use a Lumia 521 and it really is an awesome little phone for the price. Considering the $150 I paid for it, the only drawback that I have run into is the limited internal storage of 8gb. Of...

Friday, June 28, 2013 - 2:14am

I have really been enjoying the updates in 8.1, especially to the Start Screen. Even small things like being able to use your desktop wallpaper for the Start Screen seem like obvious and pleasant...

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 10:15pm

Oh yes, I forgot gaming achievements.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 10:12pm

What's Google+, again? And it will be using flipping, animated tiles? That's a smooth idea. Wonder where they got it. I am glad for their sake they're improving Google Maps, because it's fairly...

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 9:48pm

Agree with you that Xbox Music is a step backward from Zune. I do think you can still download Zune player. Going to zune.net will redirect you there.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 8:55am

Checked it out. I still prefer Zune, just like I prefer it to iTunes. The problem is that Zune is no longer supported and will nevermore be updated. What I'd like to see is something I'm sure will...

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 8:50am

I wish that next to the word "Start" there was the word "All Apps" or "All Programs" in smaller text, and you could click on that to see the all apps screen and vice versa to go back.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 8:47am

Maybe I don't understand what you mean, but isn't the "solution" simply, use the desktop. It already works the same as it always has.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 11:12pm

Win 8.1 IS free, but it is an upgrade of Win 8, so you can't get it unless you have 8 already. Buy 8 now to get 8.1 for no cost this fall. Are you suggesting that it is not truly free unless users...

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 11:38pm

I'm trying to get used to it too, but I've been spoiled by using Zune for years, which kicked iTunes' butt. With Xbox Music it's like Microsoft is learning to crawl after they've already learned...

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 11:33pm

I had a dream that MS released a an update to the Zune software that turned it into Xbox Music player for desktop, and it had all the capabilities of Zune player plus some updates. Think we'll see...

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