Microsoft released Windows 8 last year to a barrage of criticism from people who didn’t like the wholesale changes 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?
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.
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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