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4/24/2013 2:58:00 PM
Windows 8 fixed (almost)

Rick Frederickson
Computer Technician


News in the tech world is that Microsoft does actually learn from its mistakes. Or at least it learns from disappointing sales. Later this year Microsoft will release Windows 8.1 which will should help the traditional PC user.
Ever since the launch of Windows 8 late last year, many users who have been unhappy with the Start screen have been asking for the Start button back. And they have been wanting to bypass the start screen and boot directly to their traditional desktop. Microsoft will likely include these two things in Windows 8.1.
But it sounds like this new Start button will only take users to the Start screen instead of bringing back all the functions of the old Start button. This of course only solves part of the Windows 8 issues with traditional users.
This isn't a big issue anymore. In fact we've discovered a number of good utilities that allow us to customize Windows 8 almost to the point where you'd think it is Windows 7. The nice thing about this software is that it gives the ability to "blend" the best of both systems.
In fairness, Microsoft does many good things. And Windows 8 is quite good at what it does. My problem with the company is in its arrogance and lack of consideration for all demographics of users.
It seems that it either ignores focus groups when testing a product or it only uses focus groups made of younger, more savvy users. It forgets that many users don't want radical change every two to three years. Instead it only focuses on what can drive higher profits.
This arrogance only serves to frustrate users and drive them to look for other options.
Now if only Microsoft would admit its mistakes and focus on improving its products without dramatically altering them. Is that a flock of pigs I saw this morning?










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