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Old 01-10-2014, 04:09 PM   #1
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Default PC sales down

I was going to buy another laptop for the wifey, until I experienced Windows 8, I wont buy another until they come up with something better, may have to become one of those Apple people, haha

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I believe it has more to do with the popularity of tablets.
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I believe it has more to do with the popularity of tablets.
it could be, but winders8 aint helping either
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Old 01-18-2014, 11:26 AM   #4
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I believe it has more to do with the popularity of tablets.

Correct, it's more to do with tablet popularity.
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What did you hate about Windows 8? Just curious bc I have been running it for almost a year with no issue. My wife and kids also run it with no issue. Just wondering what you hated about it.
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What did you hate about Windows 8? Just curious bc I have been running it for almost a year with no issue. My wife and kids also run it with no issue. Just wondering what you hated about it.
i have trouble moving around and finding stuff

you kinda have to move around the billboards

like, it seems there are 4 clicks just to power off

(i purchased a Dell for my kid early last year with windows 8)

i recently received a new work laptop, i know our IT guys wont touch it, we are still running some kind of XP professional

i have Vista on this one

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Win 8 is great for tablets. I don't care for the metro screen on desktops though. It really caused corporate customers to hold off. Third party apps like StartX allowed you to have your familiar desktop back while keeping the under the hood improvements. Win 8.1 was a big step forward. The update to it coming in April should give a mature experience. I expect corporate to get on board then.
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Win 8 is great for tablets. I don't care for the metro screen on desktops though. It really caused corporate customers to hold off. Third party apps like StartX allowed you to have your familiar desktop back while keeping the under the hood improvements. Win 8.1 was a big step forward. The update to it coming in April should give a mature experience. I expect corporate to get on board then.

Is this what came out to get the old desktop back? because I was hearing Microsoft was also going to release an update to get the old desktop back.
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Is this what came out to get the old desktop back? because I was hearing Microsoft was also going to release an update to get the old desktop back.
Yes, that was 8.1.
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Win 8 is great for tablets. I don't care for the metro screen on desktops though. It really caused corporate customers to hold off. Third party apps like StartX allowed you to have your familiar desktop back while keeping the under the hood improvements. Win 8.1 was a big step forward. The update to it coming in April should give a mature experience. I expect corporate to get on board then.
I don't think Corporate will jump on Win 8 any time soon.

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However, analysts at Gartner, IDC and other IT research firms have expressed skepticism that IT departments will embark on wholesale Windows 8 upgrades, since many companies have just finished, or are in the midst of, upgrading to Windows 7 from Windows XP.
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This hits the nail of the head.
Some of the chatter I have heard is that the move to win 8 is being spurred by sales of win phones and now of win tabs. If that works well in the business field it will play well in the boardroom. Biz income is growing but they are not investing in people anymore. Tech, however, is another story. If they think that having a unified IT field is to their advantage they will take it.
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Also a lot of the bigger companies are trying the switch to nothing but tablets. I'm an engineer working in the field for GE. Right now we have laptops but the initiative is to have everyone using iPads. They already have some of the guys using them in a sort of beta. So far reports have been good. So I see it coming soon.
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Wifi is an issue for some...and people cannot do calls/text off tablets. I think the expense and connectivity is a bigger issue than the devices themselves. There are still a lot of areas that do not have 3G/4G besides Verizon.
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I think many people are living out of their smart phones and seldom use PCs anymore. All the apps are basically reinventing the old desktop environment in a way that they can do almost everything on their smart phones or tablets.

I'm caught in between the shift...I just got a new laptop after returning my new tablet. The learning curve can be rough if you have to use multiple devices all the time. I'm ok with the touch screens...I miss the multiple windows and big monitors. I currently use 5 different devices: desktop with big monitor, 2 different laptops (one with 2 separate monitors), a smart phone and a flip phone.
There are some things that just go easier using a mouse and some things that are easier using touchscreens.
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You know you can still get windows 7 on a PC right? I just built a PC less than a year ago and I put 7 on it.
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Windows 8 got a lot of hate due to the fact that many people hate relearning how to do stuff, but it is a better OS. It's fast and stable.
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I hate it because it is meant for cell phones and tablets...but I don't want my computer to have the appearance of a tablet...I hate compartmentalized layouts...I like big, open layouts on my screen, and Windows 8 ain't it.

I'm sure the system works just fine, but the presentation and layout are just a pain in the ass.

Microsoft should've continued building off Windows 7, which worked in my opinion, but did have its gliches.
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I hate it because it is meant for cell phones and tablets...but I don't want my computer to have the appearance of a tablet...I hate compartmentalized layouts...I like big, open layouts on my screen, and Windows 8 ain't it.

I'm sure the system works just fine, but the presentation and layout are just a pain in the ass.

Microsoft should've continued building off Windows 7, which worked in my opinion, but did have its gliches.
This.

Windows 8 was designed for touch screens, yet you can also get it on laptops that aren't touch screen, which makes it worse. Windows 7 is better for computers without touch screens.
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Windows 8 was designed for touch screens, yet you can also get it on laptops that aren't touch screen, which makes it worse. Windows 7 is better for computers without touch screens.
The desktop is still there and works like it always has. It don't see what the fuss is all about. Windows 7 is fine, but slower.
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