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"Windows 9" preview set to arrive later this year, will focus on desktop users

By Shawn Knight ยท 101 replies
Jun 30, 2014
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  1. While a second update to Windows 8.1 is just around the bend, it's a larger update codenamed Threshold that's getting most of Microsoft's attention these days. Said update, which could arrive as Windows 9, isn't expected until the spring of...

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  2. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Guru Posts: 679   +251

    "still clinging on to Windows 7"

    But...but...I am so afraid of change.......that's why I CLING!!! Yes, I am a CLINGGER!!!

    "the Redmond-based company will be adding several new features aimed at "desktop" users"

    They better be. For their own sake really.
    psycros likes this.
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,605   +1,890

    Windows has gone around the bend quite enough at this point, time to regain sanity.
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2014
    psycros likes this.
  4. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,803   +1,211

    Unless Metro is totally overhauled or scrapped Microsoft is wasting their time. Personally I'd like to see live tiles get full color icons or just photo backgrounds with text, and turned into sidebar gadgets.
    Xclusiveitalian and TomSEA like this.
  5. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,680   +762

    I'm thinking all of us Windows 8.1 users should get Windows 9 for free. We put up with all the tile nonsense since release and to get a real Windows experience back should be on them.
    gamoniac and Darkshadoe like this.
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,410   +3,425

    The underlined text within the quote, discredits the entire article.
    St1ckM4n likes this.
  7. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,836   +1,960

    I have used Windows 8 since day one and for 99% of that time I have not seen the Metro screen or a single tile. I have been very happy with Windows 8, works much better than 7 for me.
    Matthew, spectrenad, Kibaruk and 2 others like this.
  8. I am Windows 7 user and will never use Windows 8-8.1-9 never ever. Astala Vista.
  9. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,245   +414

    I'm also a Windows 7 user and will give windows 9 a try it if caters to my needs as a desktop user.

    My only problem with windows 8 is metro I like everything else under the hood.
    p51d007 likes this.
  10. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,262

    Pretty much the same experience for me also. Had a play with Metro during the beta phase, but since the retail version dropped it's been boot to desktop. 8 has been quite a pleasant surprise overall.
    Matthew likes this.
  11. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Guru Posts: 679   +251

    Can you please offer some examples. What is it that works so much better for you on Windows 8 than it does on Windows 7?
  12. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,262

    Can't answer for Steve, but as someone who gets to troubleshoot a lot of graphics issues with computers, I'd say the WDDM issues are much reduced. Memory resource allocation and usage is also improved - some games running heavy mods not originally envisaged for the engine act noticeably better under 8.
  13. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 551   +171

    Yeah I have given up on most of the techspot community as far as windows 8/8.1 goes, they view it as some massive change from 7, I thought Microsoft didn't go far enough. Most people who hate 8/8.1 have spent a couple messing with it or less. If it was missing a feature that you needed, and yes some features were removed from 8/8.1 that were in 7, then I can completely understand not liking the OS. For mobile windows 8/8.1 is fantastic especially if your a pro tablet user, on desktop it takes 3 min to customize the start menu to be desktop user centric and non-app based. Guess most people don have 3 min...
  14. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 551   +171

    You know you can turn off live tiles and make the icons as large and small as you want?
  15. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,410   +3,425

  16. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Guru Posts: 679   +251

    Oh wow, lots of sneaky little mind tricks in your post.

    Are we supposed to believe that anyone who doesn't like Windows 8/8.1 has spent 3 minutes or less with the new operating system? :)

    "For mobile windows 8/8.1 is fantastic especially if your a pro tablet user" Rarely does anyone talk about hating Windows 8 as a tablet operating system. So this adds nothing to the discussion.

    "on desktop it takes 3 min to customize the start menu to be desktop user centric and non-app based" Since 8.1 yes, not since launch and ONLY because of the huge massive deafening outcry of millions of unhappy users.

    "I thought Microsoft didn't go far enough." Really? Not simplistic enough for you. What more could you ask for out of a touch operating system that Windows 8/8.1 hasn't already delivered? Did you want them to strip mouse and keyboard support? That's what you wanted. :) Ah, wouldn't that be sweet.
  17. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,262

    ...and answered with reductio ad absurdum...
    ...how constructive

    Bombastic, bitter party of one, your table is ready.
    Matthew likes this.
  18. Classic Shell (free open source) will give you the look and feel of 7, but with the benefits of 8.
    Every advanced user I know has gladly made the switch after seeing my PC running with Classic Shell. Except for one hot head who lives with blind rage that 8 didn't come out of the box EXACTLY how he wanted it to.

    I simply can't understand the mindset, you're supposed to be techies, you root your phones, hand build your PC, mod all your other programs on your PC, then sit and pout for years because you "shouldn't have to mod an OS to make it how you want it"
    spectrenad likes this.
  19. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Guru Posts: 679   +251

    Why.....thank you....my fine friend for the compliment. Microsoft is bringing back the 'Start Menu' just for me? *blush* I feel so special. Thank you Microsoft. :) I wonder if Bill Gates will personally sign and deliver Windows 9 to my table? *fingers crossed*
  20. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Guru Posts: 679   +251

    Easy answer. I am the customer. First rule of business. The customer is always right. That's how you run a successful business.

    Out-of-box experience matters. Microsoft figured it out. They are doing 180's left and right. Windows 8, XBox, etc. Because you give the customer what the customer wants. Period.
  21. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,262

    No doubt. Your anguished cry has been heard!
    Bill's all about special needs
    There's always hope.
    misor likes this.
  22. NotParker

    NotParker TS Enthusiast Posts: 28   +9

    "clinging on to Windows 7"

    Clinging? Embracing.

    And avoiding Windows 8 as if it was the plague.
  23. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +113

    I received Win 8 for free and I haven't had too much of a problem with it. I usually leave my computer running so the desktop is always available to me and when it isn't, its just a one tile key mouse click to get to it. I figured I'd be one of the ones calling for Bill Gates/Steve Ballmer's heads but honestly I really haven't had much problem with it.
  24. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Eh its sad to see them reverting to the older, better ways. I hate when companies do this... they try to "modernize" just to see it fail.
  25. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,760   +2,431

    That should probably depend whether you got it accidentally, or on purpose.

    If you went out and bought a copy of Windows 8 on you own, you should suffer with it. If you had it forced on you with a new computer, then you should be compensated.

    Maybe former "victims" of lousy Windows editions, (Vista, Windows ME, Windows 8), should start one massive support group, "Weepers over Windows", and hold a yearly, "Cry In", at Redmond.
    Lionvibez and Skidmarksdeluxe like this.

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