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Microsoft released Windows 8 last year to a barrage of criticism from people who didn’t like the wholesale changes 8 Features Missing in Windows 8 and How To Get Them Back 8 Features Missing in Windows 8 and How To Get Them Back Microsoft removed a variety of features from Windows 8. Many of them aren't great losses to most people, but they are if you depended on them. Luckily, Windows 8 isn't yet a locked-down mobile operating... Read More made to the operating system. The Metro UI was particularly hated because it forced desktop users to navigate or bypass a screen of live tiles primarily aimed at those with touchscreens or tablets. This one element is still hated in some quarters, though many more have since got used to the new user interface.

Microsoft had legitimate reasons for building Windows 8 the way it did, but it has also listened to feedback from users and is preparing to release a major update previously codenamed Windows Blue. Windows 8.1, as it’s officially known, will be released before the year is out, with a public preview available on June 26. Your hopes for this update form the basis for this week’s ‘We Ask You‘ column.

This Week’s Question…

We want to know, What Changes Do You Want To See In Windows 8.1? It’s heavily rumored that the Start button will be making a comeback in Windows 8.1, making Windows 8 much more tolerable for those who still use a keyboard and mouse.

Other changes suggested by the leaking of confidential builds include more customization options for the live tiles on the Start screen, better multi-tasking in the Metro environment, new in-built apps, and new technologies being added. But what changes do you personally want to see in Windows 8.1?

If you’re a Windows 8 user already then this question will be easy to answer. Just let us know what frustrations you feel when using Windows 8: Is there one aspect of the operating system that makes you angry? What components or methods make you wonder what Microsoft was thinking when they designed Windows 8 that way?

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If you need some inspiration then feel free to read two previous columns which prompted healthy discussions around the positives and negatives of Windows 8. Prior to release we asked, “What Do You Really Think Of Windows 8?” and then in light of poor early sales we asked, “What Should Microsoft Do To Sell Windows 8 To The Masses?” The comments on both should help nudge you into remembering what you dislike about Windows 8.

Drawing Conclusions

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will be chosen for the coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, and the respect of other readers. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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  1. Vittorio
    August 2, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Experience with WIN 8:
    - checked compatibilty with my desktop Win 7 computer, and found that Corel X3 I'm using was not compatible. So 50 Euro upgrade was going to cost me 600 Euro as then I also needed to upgrade Corel. Of course I did not upgrade that computer and I will never do so
    - installed upgrade on my Win 7 portable. Found immediately it was a nightmare to use for business , and tried to uninstall, finding out that it was impossible. After a lot of tentatives with different software, then I have installed Classic Shell and now I can use it more or less like it was before the tragical "upgrade"
    Sorry to say that Win 8 is just a cosmetic change to Win 7 to convince people to use Microsoft other products with Metro interface. A very wrong marketing choice proabably sponsored by Apple ;)
    As far as I read, 8.1 is NOT fixing the win 8 major problems, that are lack of compatibility with (not so) old software, lack of ergonometry on non touch screens and lack of possibility to choose between the Win 7 and the Metro interface at installation level.
    I will install the 8.1 upgrade to my portable, at least to make it workable the few times I may need to use it in Metro version, but I wil surely continue to use Classic Shell interface on it.
    One more note: by mistke, my other destop win 7 got explorer 10 installed durin an automayic upgrade... and I have now to find a solution to change it back to Explorer 9, as that browser is really ********

  2. Amit
    July 17, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Get rid of that hideous and ugly metro garbage UI bring back Aero. Anyways, I careless as I have already moved to Mac and OS X is just so b2ful and doesn't force us to use tablet interface for desktop

  3. null
    May 26, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    There is simple fix for windows 8: scrap it. Next time do a proper desktop os like windows 7.

  4. Jake
    May 26, 2013 at 1:13 am

    Less bug and faster PC

  5. JC
    May 25, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Wider support for hardware and programs running off .net 1-2. Ok, so W8 is some kind of brand new legendary OS from the future and just can't be bothered to run older stuff....So people who embrace it must suffer through relentless crashes and poring over help forums to figure out how to balance older but still loved applications and games in order to use it? Creatively modifying init files or "slipstreaming" obsoleted software in to place and using it balanced on a razor edge of stability? It's just really frustrating and if I can't use my state of the art OS with my near state of the art PC to do what I want because Window's thinks my stuff is just absolutely no use anymore then really..what use is W8 to me?

  6. Jan Paul Anthony Andersen
    May 25, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I want to see a Start Screen like in the new Xbox One... tabbed groups makes more sense when it comes to productivity rather than scrolling up to the end until you find the app you are looking for..

    • Dave Parrack
      May 27, 2013 at 1:00 am

      That may be the one good thing about the Xbox One! ;)

  7. BiG eViL.......
    May 25, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Why can't Microsoft provide multiple desktop environments just like Linux does. At the installation Windows can ask the user which desktop environment you would like to install, those who are interested in the Modern UI can opt for it and vice versa. Leave the choice to consumers!

    Quoting you: 'It’s heavily rumored that the Start button will be making a comeback in Windows 8.1, making Windows 8 much more tolerable for those who still use a keyboard and mouse.'

    What do you mean by 'those who STILL use a keyboard and mouse? You think keyboard & mouse is 1950s technology?

    Coming to the topic: Microsoft should just come to back to its roots, nobody asked them come up with a finger friendly interface, i am sure nobody would have hated Windows if it had only the desktop component. Stop treating OSes like eye candy extravaganza. OSes should just provide functionality, user friendliness and stability. Windows XP & 7 had all three.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 25, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      Not at all. I still use a keyboard and mouse. But Windows 8 was built with touchscreen users in mind, hence the comment.

      I think giving users a choice is a fine idea, but Microsoft clearly thought they could please everyone at the same time with what they delivered.

      • BiG eViL.......
        May 26, 2013 at 6:26 am

        i agree with you, Microsoft thinks one size fits all. They treat their consumers like Sims from Simcity.

        • null
          May 26, 2013 at 4:11 pm

          Well actually that how apple treats their costumers, because they provide locked down os that is barely costumizable, but ever since windows 8 I think Microsoft is becoming same as apple, which is bad of course.

        • Dave Parrack
          May 27, 2013 at 12:59 am

          When you start acting more like your rival at the expense of pleasing your regular customers it never ends well.

        • Dave Parrack
          May 27, 2013 at 12:58 am

          The bigger the company the more they take their users for granted, sadly.

  8. Pooky Joralyn
    May 25, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I wish I can eject external storage devices through Devices charm, and the Settings charm (or just next to date and time on the Charms itself) should show the remaining level clearly.

  9. Javier Sánchez
    May 24, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    All I would ask for the coming update, is a real improvement on all the shipped metro apps, like the photos and the video app, and many others. If they get to improve all those tools, it would be more than enough for me and for probably most of people

  10. Duong
    May 24, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Sorry if my English is not well. I want to say something:
    The interface of win8 is very very stupid, I think that Microsoft should remove following things: new start menu (unless you need a virtual tablet in your PC!), stupid metro UI makes PC becomes more useless, copying or moving dialogs with superfluous graph, ribbon UI of windows explorer is superfluous and useless, stupid login screen makes me waste one click every turn on PC (I turn on my PC to use and work, not to view picture or watch a big clock)...
    Please restore classic start button and Aero inteface or let user turn it on or off, or at least eliminate square and flat windows - they 're very ugly.
    And more but I don't remember at the moment.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 27, 2013 at 12:56 am

      It sounds like you need to revert back to Windows 7... Windows 8 really isn't for you ;)

  11. Amit Mishra
    May 24, 2013 at 5:57 am

    I want multiple desktop in new windows 8

  12. brkkab
    May 23, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Modernized/updated version's of Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center. I'm not interested in Xbox Music or Videos mothly fee's and both suck feature wise anyway. REAL PC GAMES in the Windows Store. Not the dumbed down touch games. General app's in the Windows Store that are actually worth using.

  13. Victor Ong
    May 23, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    What do I want in windows 8.1? Simple:

    Aero and the start button. The Windows 7 taskbar and desktop looked AMAZING, but the Windows 8 desktop has been slightly neglected and doesn't look as bright/vibrant as the Windows 7 one. This is purely aesthetics.

    Aside from that come the obvious booting into windows directly and whatnot, but all in all, windows 8 is great.. but the aesthetics need a solid boost to be a winner in my books.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 27, 2013 at 12:55 am

      If only aesthetic changes are needed then Microsoft isn't doing too badly!

  14. Randall
    May 23, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    I'd want native what I get from using Stardock's ModernMix. Win 8 stock is almost unusable. Win 8 with ModernMix is almost perfect.

  15. dragonmouth
    May 23, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    I wish Microsoft would forget gimmicks like "Trusted Computing" and "Safe Boot" that give the gullible the impression that MS really cares about security. They should take a hint from their hated rival, Linux, and rewrite the Windows kernel to really separate administrator functions from user functions. Rewrite the kernel so that when a user program crashes it does not bring down the entire system. Rewrite Windows so that a virus only has access to the user ID that downloaded it and not to the administrator ID.

    Of course that will never happen. If Microsoft made Windows really secure, like Linux or BSD, instead of only pretend secure, they would be locked out of the O/S and not be able to surreptitiously meddle with it like they do now.

  16. Eric Stoick
    May 23, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    When I close an app i want it closed. Should have to go up to the corner to switch between desktop, app or any other thing. Just let me close the damn thing. Dont leave it running in the background either.

    • Eric Stoick
      May 23, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      shouldn't

  17. likefunbutnot
    May 23, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    The Metro interface would be better with the addition of Cut/Copy/Paste options. I realize that it was designed for tablets, but even in the apps that allow selection of multiple files, the only available option is to delete them.

    IE has a metro interface option only when it's your default browser. Why can't Firefox or Chrome exist in Metro form? If I want to use MetroIE, why does it have to be set as my default. That's silly.

    Windows 8 needs a better on screen keyboard. Since I spend a lot of time on Android devices, I find myself longing for Swype or Swiftkey when I'm using my Surface Pro.

    Windows 8's backup features are a mess. They're actually kind of painful since the more functional option is kinda-sorta hidden and given a DEEPLY incongruous name (Windows 7 Backup) while the less functional File History option is what users see if they start looking around for a backup option. These functions need to be integrated into a single interface.

    No XP Mode is kind of a deal-breaker for several of my customers. Hyper-V is pretty awesome for a free tool, though it has some kind of rough hardware requirements, especially for notebook users. But the free license to run an XP VM is absolutely huge for some of the folks whose businesses I support.

    I would like to have a use for Metro. I really just don't. Even as the owner of a Microsoft tablet I still don't know why I would choose to use it when it's not even functional enough to let me create folders or move files.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 27, 2013 at 12:54 am

      It's pretty bad that you, a person with a Microsoft tablet, still doesn't like Metro. You're meant to be who Windows 8 was aimed at! Good points, well made :)

  18. Chris Marcoe
    May 23, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    The biggest change I would like to see in relation to Windows 8 is I would like more people to realize that this OS was designed for touchscreen computing. I'm pretty sure it wasn't a coincidence that Windows 8 and the Surface touchscreen were released on the same day last year. People doing this is comparable to someone buying a can of Cola and wondering why it doesn't taste like a Orange Fanta.

    As far as changes in the actual OS itself, the first change would be to make the right-click in the bottom left corner of the desktop bring up what was the start menu in Windows 7. I think this would be a good start to shift, slightly, to how 7 worked. I believe the reason so many people don't like it is because its too big of a change. Its a totally new system and user interface. So, even though it is supposed to be more intuitive, it isn't. Had they kept it closer to Windows 7, then it would have been.

    I would also like to see names get changed back to what they "should" (read: used to) be. Why must we call it File Explorer? Is there a reason it is no longer called Windows Explorer? Its little things like this that people don't like and get turned off from Windows 8.

    • likefunbutnot
      May 24, 2013 at 12:09 am

      I've always hated the name "Explorer." The idea was that there would be minimal or possibly zero difference in user experience between local (file content aka "Windows Explorer") and internet (the web, aka "Internet Explorer") so that end users would essentially conflate the two experiences. This decision goes back all the way to the days of Windows 98, the first Microsoft OS to have deep integration of Internet services. I think it has held back user understanding of basic desktop computing concepts ever since.

      I'd be perfectly happy if Microsoft started calling the tool for dealing with folders and files "File Manager" again.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 27, 2013 at 12:50 am

      It was made to incorporate touchscreen computing, but does that mean the many millions of people who still use a keyboard and mouse should be made to feel inferior? That's how a lot of Windows 8 users seem to feel.

  19. Rahul Chatterjee
    May 23, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    the new windows should have:
    1. Option to get back the traditional start button.
    2. deeper customisations including the metro screen,we should be able to even customise the metro screen.
    3. Improved gaming performance.
    4. faster and better looking internet explorer.
    5. A more beautiful startup or boot animation.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 27, 2013 at 12:48 am

      Five solid and sensible suggestions. Thanks for the comment :)

  20. Joao Brito
    May 23, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Libraries should allow to save in any folder (without the need to change default save folder)

    • likefunbutnot
      May 23, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      They already do. You just have to drill down to the proper folder when you save.

  21. NK Murarka
    May 23, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    I want Window 8.1 with 2 version:

    1. With only Desktop user interface
    2. With Desktop and Metro user interface

  22. likefunbutnot
    May 23, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I'd like to see a greater degree of unification in the Settings Charm and the standard Control Panel (control.exe). I'm deeply annoyed that some but not all the tools contained in those places are duplicated and/or have multiple interfaces.

    The Share Charm needs to be made WAY more useful. I want it to work like it does on Android. Even if they'd just expose something so that I can figure out how to add entries to it myself, that would be very helpful, but even some basic things like "Share via Google Talk" or "Put this on my Tumblr" would be nice.

    Put a goddamned textbox at the bottom of the Start Screen so that people will know they can type. *I* don't have a problem, but I know far too many people who struggle with how the Start Screen works.

    I also think that it's completely reasonable for the default search to include all of Programs, Settings and Files. That's how searching from the start menu worked in Windows 7. It's obnoxious that if I do take the time to search for a Setting that I have to change the context for the search.

    Start button on the Desktop.

    Start Screen customization needs to happen. It's VERY "blah" right now. I'd like to be able to make some things much bigger (Desktop, Control Panel) and other things very small but not eliminate completely. As things stand there's almost no customization at all.

    Storage Spaces need to be a lot smarter than they are. That's more of a Server 2012 complaint, but I didn't really like having to pull everything off a 36TB array to get my server to re-balance duplicated files after I expanded to 72TB.

    Give me a way to associate non-Metro apps with my Microsoft account so that I can download them automatically. When I sign in to a new Win8 machine with my Microsoft account, I get Plex and IM+ and a couple other things automatically. Can't I get Firefox, Thunderbird, 7zip and Paint.net the same way?

    How about a "Cloud Storage Center?" There's a pretty simple flag to establish a default web browser and default media player, but at this point my main laptop has three different cloud storage apps installed. I'd love to have one location that's sync'd or an easy way to distribute my cloud data rather than having to manually decide what goes where.

    Windows 8 does not have a Metro-style file manager.

    Many of the Metro-style apps don't have a way to manage files or folders.

    The ability to exclude data from Live Tiles on the Start screen and/or underlying Metro-style apps is essential and completely missing. Yes, I want those lovely private pictures of my special lady in my Pictures library. No, I don't want them occasionally making a starring appearance on my Start Screen. Particularly not on a machine I might occasionally put in front of clients. I wound up creating a different user account to use to get around this deficiency.

    Likewise, network administrators should probably be given some ability to control Windows 8's magical ability to find and install network printers. I found out about that the hard way after deploying some new notebooks in an office and finding that they really like printing banner-size pictures of Grumpy Cat on an LPR-accessible Plotter. Yes, most network printers have some kind of ACL, but those are not terribly consistent in interface or capability.

    Windows 8 will not read data from a hosts file by default, which Microsoft is a security feature of Windows Defender. Since I deploy hosts files for all sorts of things (e.g. client-based ad-blocking), this is a huge misfeature.

    • Nevzat A
      May 24, 2013 at 5:40 am

      good points actually

    • Dave Parrack
      May 27, 2013 at 12:47 am

      You make some great suggestions here. Let's hope Microsoft listens to people like you. I think customization options are crucial in making people feel Windows 8 has been made with them in mind rather than despite of them.

  23. Harshit J
    May 23, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Windows 8 is already very good and I am very comfortable with the new interface on my non-touch PC. More customizable start screen is would be welcomed by me. One more thing, switching to desktop mode must be made easier. I mean, that double clicking the bottom left corner of the screen must always start the desktop and single click should start the start screen. The Network Connection settings should be as simplified as Windows XP. I have had some difficulties understanding the structure of new Network settings of Windows 8.(I just upgraded from XP) For improvement, they could make efforts to make Windows 8 even more faster on older hardware and blue screen proof and make at least a decent mail client for touch and mouse pointer as the pre-installed one sucks. For now, I am using Thunderbird.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 27, 2013 at 12:45 am

      They're all sensible suggestions. I'm glad you're a happy Windows 8 user already though, and are just looking for small fixes rather than a wholesale change to the structure of the OS.

  24. Prashanth Singh Rathore
    May 23, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I Am an Desktop user Still i love that windows 8 start interface...!! The only change i suggest is that to improve the transfer rate its too slow it should be sppeeden Up....!!

  25. Bern
    May 23, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I would like to see the following:
    1. Make your default boot to screen selectable. Using Win 8 on an old netbook is all but impossible, due to display resolution issues, but the OS runs fine on a netbook from the desktop.
    2. Clean up the mess they made of settings- having to hunt between hot corners and charms on a desktop machine is a cruel joke- it is even a challenge to find the power off command.
    3. The lock screen should be easy to select/disable as well. This is not very useful with a keyboard mouse combination.
    4. I personally find Modern/Metro annoying and repulsive. MS seems to think this is the answer, but the interface was derive from the Zune [a failure] and further degraded by Windows Phone [a flop] but some people really like it, and it does have some use for non-techies and elderly people- my non-tech wife and her 83 year old father like their Win Phones. Instead of an absolute toggle of all or nothing I think MS should have the toggle between modes operate as follows- when in desktop mode, the Modern interface resides on the taskbar like a pinned app, and when in Modern the desktop gets its own live tile.
    5. "Cheesy??!!" I liked the Aero eye candy and would like it back. Anyone that would foist the ugly live tile look and find the temerity to call my tastes cheesy is out of touch. First rule of business DO NOT INSULT YOUR CUSTOMERS!!!

    • Harshit J
      May 23, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      Aero UI was removed to make Windows more lightweight and faster. My five year old PC with 1.6 Ghz dual core processor and with no dedicated graphics, runs faster with Windows 8 than XP. How are they insulting you by making Windows 8 more lighter and faster?

      • Pooky Joralyn
        May 25, 2013 at 8:40 am

        Agreed. My Windows laptop boots so quickly compared to when it ran Win7 (although it uses only 5400rpm HDD)

      • Dave Parrack
        May 27, 2013 at 12:43 am

        I think it's important to note different people have different experiences with the same operating systems.

      • Dave Parrack
        May 27, 2013 at 12:43 am

        I think it's important to note different people have different experiences with the same operating systems.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 27, 2013 at 12:42 am

      I think it's too soon to call Windows Phone a flop! But you make some good points. If Microsoft doesn't fix some of the more obtuse user frustrations with the 8.1 update then they're asking for trouble.

  26. guy
    May 23, 2013 at 11:27 am

    id like the multi monitor taskbar feature to allow pinning of programs on seperate screens and show the system tray on each. id also desperately like to see a better shutdown option. hate that stupid right side bar

  27. Alan Wade
    May 23, 2013 at 11:20 am

    What I would like to see is a way to completely turn off the 'Start' screen without using third party apps or creating a scheduled task to go to the desktop. To me this screens breaks my golden rule which is No shortcuts on the desktop! I mean lets be honest, the Start screen is just a blend of a desktop full of shortcuts and the Windows 8 phone but presented on huge ugly tiles.
    I have read rumours that the tiles will be made to be customisable by way of re-sizing but to me they are in any light shortcuts on my desktop.

    Without that I am happy!

    • Dave Parrack
      May 27, 2013 at 12:39 am

      That would be a major change in strategy, but is Microsoft big enough to admit it erred by forcing the Start screen on all users.

  28. Nevzat A
    May 23, 2013 at 10:45 am

    * wider hardware support, especially for gamepads (mine used to be working quite good with windows 7, but my games can't use the same gamepad under windows 8)
    * flash support on IE 11 @ Modern UI
    * less switch-backs between Modern-Classic UI. I hate when I start an app on Modern UI then it switches to Classic UI and vice versa.
    * a combined app market/update center for Windows classic apps, modern UI apps and Windows update. Sites and apps like "AllMyApps" can bring app-store to Windows Classic desktop apps, so why can't Microsoft do? I'd like to have my updates centrally on Windows Update Center (or whatever they might call). Even the big names like Adobe PDF, Flash, internet browsers, anti-virus apps and others should be update-able centrally right from Windows interface. Linux has this for years!
    * More stability. I have many strange issues ever since I started to use Windows 8. My Computer->Manage not working, Explorer crashes, usb hard disks not auto mounting... I hope the new update solves all these problems.
    * IE getting more and more standards compatible. Since I'm a programmer, I face some problems on displaying my web pages on IE 9, even on IE 10 which are not happening on other BIG browsers. We'll be completely getting rid of IE8 (and below) within a few years, I just hope we'll not getting into the same troubles with newer IE's. Microsoft, please obey the Web standards, we all need it desperately.

  29. David Moreira
    May 23, 2013 at 8:50 am

    They made Windows 8 mainly for tablets.

    The gaming community also seems to deeply hate Windows 8.

    I'm fine with my Windows 7, Lubuntu, Backtrack and OpenSuse.

  30. techguyknows
    May 23, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Just love Linux Mint 14. Don't want to change :)

  31. Jeremy Garnett
    May 23, 2013 at 6:55 am

    A return of easy customisation

    • Dave Parrack
      May 27, 2013 at 12:34 am

      Removing customization options seemed to me to be a backwatds step.

  32. Lukas
    May 23, 2013 at 5:43 am

    New release of W8 sould have:
    1. metro interface OFF....or give to the user a "button" to run off/on this interface becouse without a touch screen it's really boring
    2. a better comptaibility with xp software
    3. will be better to have w7 with more updates than not w8 as is now

    • Dave Parrack
      May 27, 2013 at 12:32 am

      1. Is the Metro UI boring or just plain annoying?
      2. I don't think improving compatibility with XP software is going to be a priority at this point.
      3. You're not alone in thinking that way. Hopefully the 8.1 update will help.

  33. Prabha Rani
    May 23, 2013 at 5:31 am

    I am using Windows 8 and many programs are not compatible with this. The new version should be compatible with any program. It should be lesser than 2 GB, because there are people who have slow internet connection. Many applications are crashing in Windows 8.

    • Tony
      May 23, 2013 at 7:36 am

      I've been using Windows 8 almost since it was released. I never had an app crash, neither a desktop application or a modern app.

      • Prabha Rani
        May 24, 2013 at 7:53 am

        OK.

    • Tony
      May 23, 2013 at 7:40 am

      Bring back Aero and the colorful desktop options with Aero Glass. They put so much effort into making the modern UI colorful, and left the desktop area very plain looking. You can't use dark colors for windows because then the title cannot be read. I miss the Vista / Win 7 window coloring and effects. Please, no more flat desktop.

      From everything I see and read, flat is where it's at for interfaces, but I don't like it.

    • Doc
      May 23, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      Any app compatible with Windows 7 should be compatible with Windows 8 as well. Microsoft dropped compatibility with Windows 3.1x apps with Windows Vista.

      What does "less than 2GB, because there are people who have slow Internet connection"? The only way to get Windows legally is preinstalled on a new PC; few people download ISO images from MSDN.

      If your apps are crashing under Windows 8, but they didn't under Vista or 7, there's something wrong with the way you set up Windows 8.

      • Prabha Rani
        May 24, 2013 at 7:55 am

        OK, may be I shouldn't have commented here.

        • Dave Parrack
          May 27, 2013 at 12:29 am

          You're perfectly entitled (and indeed welcome) to comment here. Carry one doing so :)

  34. null
    May 23, 2013 at 4:12 am

    I'd like to see Microsoft unify the app platforms and stores on Windows 8/RT, Windows Phone 8 and the XBox One. I think it's silly that they all run on the same Windows Runtime technology but don't run the same apps or have the same marketplaces.

    I'd also like to see the ability to install Modern UI apps outside of the Windows Store via Internet Explorer or other means.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 27, 2013 at 12:27 am

      I can certainly see that happening in the future, especially once the Xbox One launches.

  35. Cutler Cox
    May 23, 2013 at 3:55 am

    If they improved modern's workflow with multiple apps, that'd be great. I know that there is some increased functionality coming, but it should be an even bigger concern! I use it every day, and that lack of multi-app workflow is what drives me to stay on the desktop.

  36. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 23, 2013 at 3:51 am

    Who cares about W8 and Blue, am very happy with my W7_64 and Ubuntu 13.04

    • don7
      May 24, 2013 at 5:07 am

      if you didn't care then why did you waste your time writing the comment

      • Rajaa Chowdhury
        May 24, 2013 at 6:25 am

        To make you care about my comment. :P Ideally you should have just ignored my comment. I hope you are not a Microsoft employee. :D

    • Dave Parrack
      May 27, 2013 at 12:22 am

      Have you tried Windows 8 yet? I know a lot of people who are avoiding upgrading from Windows 7 because of doubts over Windows 8.

      • Rajaa Chowdhury
        May 29, 2013 at 1:09 am

        It is not that I have doubts. I am a bit aware of the W8 enhancements on W7. However, question is would I still be efficient without those enhancements. I found the answer to be YES. Also the biggest enhancement of a touchscreen in W8, does not apply to me and my monitor is not touchscreen enabled. So if I think, do I invest in a new hardware and upgrade my OS, what is the POI vis-a-vis productivity increase, the upgradation does not justified in my case. :D That does not mean, that is will apply to each and everyone. I am sure, W8 has already contributed positively in exponentially increasing learning and productivity for millions.

      • Rajaa Chowdhury
        May 29, 2013 at 1:10 am

        Sorry typo error read POI as ROI

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