Windows Blue to be named Windows 8.1, improves Windows search

By Jos ยท 33 replies
Apr 3, 2013
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  1. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Microsoft needs to get its marketing people under control, and have a meeting with all the vendors that will not tolerate Microsoft giving up on the marketing aspect of Windows 8 so soon. Lots of the big manufacturing outfits are nailed in to Windows 8 marketing for the next 2.7 years anyway.
  2. Jad Chaar

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

    Are you sure? I thought it was gonna be like 30 bucks.
  3. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,959   +217

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  4. sapo joe

    sapo joe TS Member Posts: 81   +6

    Will it have a proper desktop experience? AKA Start Menu, desktop, etc?
  5. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    I agree wholeheartedly with your link. This needs to be done and it needs to be put as a priority. There are keyboard shortcuts that help out, but in 2013 you shouldn't need it.

    I've never seen this article of yours until today. This is the type of criticism that needs to be heard.
    Per Hansson likes this.
  6. Hey Microsoft,



    WHAT IF,

    no seriously guys,

    what IF,

    you give us a start button in Windows Blue. I'll let your minds absorb the innovation.
    avoidz likes this.
  7. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 384   +54

    What I'm hoping to see with Windows Blue is improved backwards compatibility and a smoothing out of some its rough edges. Additional features, if they improve performance or add value, would be welcome too.
  8. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,383   +172

    Android is a bit limited for programming right now, due to lack of IDE's (I only know of one, though there are some editors), and programming is also more comfortable on a larger screen, but I think that in practice it's not that bad. I've programmed on a Fujitsu P1510D, an old subnotebook with a 1024x600 8.9" screen. Wasn't a lot of fun, but was workable. An android PC could be easily constructed that's better than this. For writing there's a lot less problem, IMO. (I'm a programmer and have also done some writing, including on a Psion Series 5mx.)

    (And really, when I'm multitasking a lot while programming it usually means that I'm doing stuff that's not related to my work. So limiting multitasking may actually be beneficial. :) )

    Multitasking on a PC starts becoming really different when you have more than one screen. That's something that Android can't compete with at this point. But I don't feel that there's a huge advantage to Android if compared to a Windows device of the same form factor, in terms of multitasking. I regularly switching between e-mail, browsing and reading on my Nexus 7.
  9. bielius

    bielius TS Addict Posts: 214   +17

    I completely agree. I have two screens, and when I'm building websites I thank myself for buying the second screen. Especially when I have to work on my work laptop, having one screen is such a limitation of productivity.
    On the other hand, multitasking with stuff unrelated to work is something I admit doing myself often aswell... Maybe I should use one of those "parenting" functions...

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