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Our Windows section is full of articles concerning the Microsoft operating system, all the way from Windows XP 4 Ways To Bulletproof Windows XP Forever 4 Ways To Bulletproof Windows XP Forever Windows XP is slated to be exterminated for good by Microsoft in April of 2014. It is the last stage of a multi-year effort to kill off the operating system. Windows XP is one of... Read More to Windows 8.1 7 More Issues With Windows 8.1 That Can Be Fixed 7 More Issues With Windows 8.1 That Can Be Fixed Want to get rid of the Charms bar, restore libraries or lost your Administrator account? Lots of things can go wrong in Windows 8.1! Here's how to fix the most annoying issues. Read More . The problem is Windows is a huge subject matter, with a multitude of different aspects we could cover. So, we thought we’d ask you, the people that matter, which aspects of Windows you’d like to see more of on MakeUseOf.

Windows Phone Will Ultimately Triumph

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Android vs. iOS vs. Windows Phone: Which Mobile OS Will Ultimately Win Out?

Out of a total of 1,474 votes, 34.4% chose Google Android, 16.4% chose Apple iOS, 43.9% chose Windows Phone, 0.5% chose BlackBerry, and 5% chose Other.

There is only one thing we need to discuss about that result: Windows Phone winning against all the odds. For Windows Phone to top the poll with 43.9% of those voting choosing it above Android and iOS is shocking, especially considering it only accounts for around 3% of the overall market share for smartphones.

We suspect this result was engineered in some way, with a Windows Phone community somewhere online stuffing the ballot box to ensure Windows Phone was victorious. A similar thing happened in December 2013 when BlackBerry was voted the the best mobile OS in existence Android vs. iOS vs. Windows Phone vs. Blackberry - Which Is Really The Best OS? [MakeUseOf Poll] Android vs. iOS vs. Windows Phone vs. Blackberry - Which Is Really The Best OS? [MakeUseOf Poll] Put all biases aside and ignore your actual phone for a minute. Now tell us the truth, which is the best mobile OS out there? Read More .

Regardless, these freak results still demonstrate something, namely the passion people have for the technology they have chosen to support. And who knows, perhaps Windows Phone will prove victorious in the long run. Stranger things have happened.

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Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Hildy J, Peter F, and Emmanuel Fordjour. Comment Of The Week goes to ed , who wins a T-shirt for this comment Android vs. iOS vs. Windows Phone: Which Mobile OS Will Ultimately Win Out? [MakeUseOf Poll] Android vs. iOS vs. Windows Phone: Which Mobile OS Will Ultimately Win Out? [MakeUseOf Poll] Which mobile operating systems will ultimately win out? Will they survive far into the future? Or will a new mobile OS appear over the horizon to challenge the might of Apple, Google, and Microsoft? Read More :

If we choose to learn from history, the dominant mobile OS will be (or already is) the one that that uses the MS playbook.

MS had both DOS and Windows as the dominant OS because of several factors:
1. They appealed to the masses by having tons of software available.
2. They had a large marketing hype machine.
3. They were available to be used by a large portion of OEMS.

Apple has 1 and 2 covered, but they will never allow their OS to run on another manufacturer’s equipment. That is why their desktop market share has remained small, and that is why their mobile OS market share will never compete with Android.

While Blackberry used to have 1 and 2, they are slowly, but surely beginning to lack in those factors. Add the fact that they too will not allow their platform to be on other OEMs equipment and they are sure to fail within the next 24 months.

MS fights the long, long war. They currently have #2 covered, but are still lacking in 1 and 3. But it doesn’t matter. They will never give up on mobile. They fought the long war in video games and slowly climbed from #3 to arguably #1 now despite their XBOX division still not turning a profit. They will, over many, many years build up their OEMs and their software apps store. In maybe 5, or 10 years they will slowly overtake Apple to gain the #2 spot, but will remain there.

Google’s Android has gained such a foothold as the dominant mobile OS simply because they followed Microsoft’s playbook. They got tons of developers to write software for their platform. They continue to market their mobile OS and add value and services to it. And they continue to allow and have many manufacturers building the hardware that drives their OS into the number 1 spot. Just like Microsoft with their desktop OS, Google will hold the number 1 spot with Android for a long time to come.

There will always be competing OSs, but the company that masters all three points above for the duration of the fight will always hold the #1 spot.

We chose this comment because it spells out one possible way of determining which mobile OS will ultimately win out. It all makes a lot of sense too, using the Windows model as the standard to measure the chances of success for all operating systems.

Which Windows Words Will We Write?

Microsoft Windows is a defiantly diverse subject, hence the wide range of articles currently being written for our Windows section. Diversity is good, and we’ll carry on writing about all of the different aspects of Windows for a long time to come.

However, with that being said, we like to cater, first and foremost, to our readers. That’s you guys. Your views matter to us, especially when it comes to the content being published on MakeUseOf. Which leads us to this week’s poll, with us asking you to specify which Windows subjects we should cover more in the future.

In a break from the norm, we’re allowing you to make multiple selections (up to three) in order to truly gauge the level of interest in the different aspects of Windows. By working together we can deliver more of the content you’re actually interested in. But we need your help to make that happen.

Whether your topic of choice is or isn’t included as an option, please expand on your opinion in the comments section below. Remember, there’s an awesome T-shirt in it for the person responsible for the coveted Comment Of The Week.

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  1. Steen C
    August 21, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Windows sucks, let's have more about Linux and Chrome OS

  2. GarretyG
    August 19, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    I like articles that take Windows tasks from one version to another not only the directions to complete in the new version but also the thinking or problem that the newer version presents.

    Thanks
    GarretyG

  3. Kathy K
    August 10, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    I'd like to see more on Windows 'glitches'. For instance, a year or so ago Windows quit downloading pictures in my Outlook 2010 and I have searched everywhere, done all the settings changes recommended, even reinstalled Office but the problem won't go away and I can't find any solutions for it. And it doesn't seem to me that Microsoft is very good at solving any 'out of the ordinary' problems with its software.

  4. karen
    August 9, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Windows phone is a topic i would like to see covered more often

  5. Sebastian
    August 6, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Windows Server & Active Dir

  6. Jerick D
    August 6, 2014 at 5:41 am

    - Networking part, Server stuff like that...?
    - Shadow Copy
    - Remote Desktop
    - Sharing an Internet via Network
    - Adhoc

    • Dave P
      August 9, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      Tina, the Windows editor who has already been present in this thread, will be perusing all of these suggestions for possible future articles. Thanks for taking part :)

  7. Don Neale
    August 6, 2014 at 2:09 am

    1. How to resolve the BSOD in Windows 8
    2. Unknown or little known features Windows (both 7 and 8) offers
    3. Windows hacks and tricks

    • Dave P
      August 9, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      I'm sure the Windows editor will be taking note of all these fantastic suggestions :)

  8. gary knott
    August 6, 2014 at 1:50 am

    I'm interested in ascii text editors in Windows. I use emacs, and
    a story on installation would be great. Also, I'd like to
    reccomend an editor to people that doesn't "lie" about file-names
    like notepad does. - i.e., I want my editor to ask me for
    the full name (with extension) of the file I want to edit, and
    when i save under a new name, i want to have to give the full name.

    It is very annoying to have f.txt.txt created for me!!
    Indeed I need such a "non-helpful" editor that I can run from
    a program i am writing too.

  9. PenguinCool
    August 6, 2014 at 12:58 am

    anything related to running programs designed for windoze on other OS's.

    • Dave P
      August 9, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      Do you have any particular other operating system in mind?

  10. A41202813GMAIL
    August 5, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Windows XP Forever ? - How Thoughtful Of You.

    ( Five Years And Counting )

    XPOCALYPSE, FOREVER !

    • Dave P
      August 9, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      That option didn't poll too well though! :(

    • A41202813GMAIL
      August 10, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      As You Can See I Am Not Alone, Yet.

      ( Five Years And Counting )

      XPOCALYPSE, FOREVER !

  11. eselma
    August 5, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Me too, I am a happy Linux-only user from year 2000. I have not any copy of MS-Windows, so I am not interested at all on this OS, who ruined my life during ten years.

    • Dave P
      August 9, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      How did Windows ruin your life? I'm intrigued to know.

    • eselma
      August 10, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      Dark days, using MS-Windows... Of course, a lot of BSOD (Blue Screen of Death), a lot of inconsistencies and sometimes, viruses infections from my alumni homework (despite antivirus applications slowing my system). I am university lecturer and have to produce printed matter and exercises for my alumni. When opened a file saved with a previous (last semester) version of MS-Word or MS-Excel, the 'self-incompatibilities' of MS revealed a mess on my carefully elaborated work: disappearing sub-indexes and exponents, a mess on equations... a nightmare. After using GNU-Linux, no more BSOD, no more viruses, reusable files... only productivity. And as said before, 'no going back'.

  12. Jack
    August 5, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Please cover RT. I bought a Surface 2 3 weeks ago and am in the need of guidance down RT-road.

    • Dave P
      August 9, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      Noted. How are you finding the Surface 2 so far?

  13. Goldtop
    August 5, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Get modern! Please feed us info on the latest Windows. That is 8.1. Forget XP, Vista, W7 and all the other old stuff. Already plenty of material on the internet for the old OS. And really new in W8 is the Metro/Modern UI. That is where we need guidance.

    Thanks for your great service and inviting interaction.

    • Dave P
      August 9, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      You make a very good point actually, that the older iterations of Windows already have plenty of articles dedicated to them, so concentrating on Windows 8/8.1 makes utter sense.

      You're welcome, and we always value your suggestions and interactions.

    • GeertVc
      August 10, 2014 at 8:52 am

      >>> "Get Modern"...
      >>> "Forget XP, Vista, W7 and all the other old stuff. "...

      Well, don't tell me you're the only one on the planet who doesn't know that there are still millions and millions of users out there running Windows XP and "other old stuff"!

    • Goldtop
      August 10, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      @GeertVC. Yes there are millions of XP users. And there are zillions of pages and books about XP. So the XP users already have plenty of material. And the XP users are well settled and need no help. Those climbing the W8 hill, along unknown paths, need maps and a mountain guide.

  14. GeertVc
    August 5, 2014 at 6:27 am

    I also would like to see a decent and thourough article about how to communicate between Windows XP and Windows 8.1 machines. This seems to be a very difficult topic if you google for it and none of the Google results have resolved my issue.
    I can connect from Windows XP Home Edition to whatever Linux machine I have and I can also connect from Windows 8.1 to whatever Linux machine I have, but very strangely: I cannot connect from one Windows machine to another with different versions of OS (in my case: XP and 8.1)

    • Dave P
      August 9, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      You're right, that is a tricky one. I'll pass this problem onto the Windows editor, so who knows, we may cover this with an article in the future.

    • kg
      August 10, 2014 at 8:05 am

      I think you hit it on the head there. It's how they go about things. They take a hairbrained idea and then they cram it in everyone's face. The mobile market is growing, but it will always be limited. Mobile devices are accessories by definition. Microsoft's problem isn't that they are chasing the mobile market or even that they want to unify the user experience across devices. They are focusing on trendiness at the expense of usability. It's like Dwayne said. Instead of trying to catch up with Apple and Google, they should be working on innovating on their own terms. Forget the Bubble gum UI and focus on making a truly excellent workhorse OS that is stable, fast, efficient and secure, customizable, and not buggy. And for God sake, stop trying to force every one to buy a new OS every three years.
      If they are so concerned about a unified user experience, they should first get their office suite programs to act like they are part of the same system. For example, you should be able to take a multiple page file created in Publisher, import it into Outlook, and send it as the body of the email without having Outlook choke up or make a mess of it. If you create a theme or font set it should be available to the whole system.
      .

  15. KG
    August 5, 2014 at 5:13 am

    Yes, definitely more on switching to Linux. I plan to skip over Win 8/9, and beyond, until Ms comes out with a desktop oriented, fast, powerful, secure, environment which is not dumbed down, will last for a decade or more , like Xp & is free of any vestige of the headache inducing Metro interface. I loved Xp, & 7 is turning out to have some good qualities, but I don't like where Windows is going. Imagine having to type more than one or two paragraphs on a tablet, as I am doing. How painful. MS cloud computing environment is buggy, overly complicated, and unreliable. Cloud and tablet computing will always be desktop accessories for anyone who works for a living and uses a computer to do their work.

    • Dave P
      August 9, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      Do you think Microsoft majorly screwed up by trying to chase the mobile market? I can certainly understand why they did so, but the way they went about it clearly hasn't won them any new fans.

  16. echorad
    August 5, 2014 at 2:58 am

    Would love to learn how to use the clipboard. Is there any other way to make macros that would enable me to enter things like my email address that I seem to be typing hundreds of times every day.

  17. Jo-anne P
    August 4, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    I purchased two new desktop computers in the last 6 months and both came with windows 8.1. In my tiny little mind I said pfft how much different can it be from windows 7 followed by how hard could it be, I finally got windows 7 and it only took me 6 months.

    My tiny little mind almost suffered an embolism. It is 6 months later and I have just got my current HP printer working, I fiddle weekly with printing out an email using an app and have moderate success. I just keep hitting buttons until I hear the printer start up. It's really a 50/50 kind of thing. I tell myself well I didnt need it printed anyway. (I find myself taking a picture of my screen using my smartphone a lot lol).

    I know I am pathetic and could really use some tips, tricks or a lobotomy at this point I would be happy with either.

    • Dave P
      August 9, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      I'm not sure we've started offering lobotomies quite yet, but we can definitely offer help and advice on Windows 8.1!

  18. Richard
    August 4, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Would like to see more troubleshooting tips on items such as "My wireless printer doesn't respond anymore since upgrading from Windows 8 to 8.1" or "The SD card slot in my laptop no longer detects the SD card", or "I was typing an essay for my English class and accidentally did something that caused the display to turn upside down".
    Many of us have had issues with a variety of things that have gone wrong or don't work like they did in the past, and even though we thought we've tried everything to troubleshoot them without any luck, some "tried-and-true" troubleshooting tips would be very helpful.

    • Dave P
      August 9, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      Those kind of one-off incidents are covered well on MakeUseOf Answers but I can certainly see the value in a round-up of some of the more common ones. I'll pass it on to Tina, the editor of the Windows section.

  19. Mike m
    August 4, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Windows 9 - when, and will Microsoft offer to replace Windows 8.1 with 9. Waiting to do a build but not doing it until 9 is available.

    • Dave P
      August 9, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      I don't think we'll have to wait long before Microsoft reveals its intentions with Windows 9. And all signs point towards Windows 9 being an operating system a lot of people are going to love.

  20. George M
    August 4, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Home networking to include using a wireless system and a wired system with different addresses. Networking different things like a smart TV, making usb devices wireless, reasons to bind networks and the like.

    • kg
      August 10, 2014 at 7:11 am

      I second that. I tried several times to get Linux dbtd on my sister's XP netbook, and always there was a piece missing.

  21. Paul
    August 4, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    I would like to see an article about partitioning for dual booting Windows 7 / 8 with Ubuntu/Linux I have never used Ubuntu and want to get to know it or something similar before I get a new machine. I want to do this with a view to dumping Windows, I feel Microsoft are heading in the wrong direction for me, I don't like being used as an unofficial tester for each release of Windows, I may as well be using that time effort to configure a free operating system saving £££ as well.

    • PenguinCool
      August 6, 2014 at 1:19 am

      It's really easy, as long as windoze is installed first. Trying to dual boot 'doze onto a linux machine is no cakewalk. Use UNetbootin (on sourceforge dot net) to create a bootable live USB drive to test it out for compatibility with your hardware, and if everything's working well, the installer is next to fool-proof and one of two icons on the desktop. One notable exception is if you have a Broadcom WiFi chipset, which won't work on the live uninstalled portable OS, but they have a driver for it once installed. Linux Mint was easier for me to transition to than Ubuntu. It's based on Ubuntu, but has more included out of the box and less necessity for command-line use during set-up. (Caveat: things may be different now, I started with Linux in 2009.)

    • Paul
      August 7, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      @PenguinCool, yes I have been reading up on the various flavours of Linux, and Mint looked good, I will be trialing the emulator version of the latest Ubuntu release a bit later today, and have saved your advice for another day when I partition the HD. Many thanks, Paul

    • Dave P
      August 9, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      A dedicated article on dual-booting would probably be extremely useful to a lot of people. I'll be sure to pass it on to Tina, the editor of the Windows section of MUO.

    • Paul
      August 21, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      Many thanks for your reply, I thought I would post an update. I installed Ubuntu 14,04 and Linux Mint 17 mate on my 32bit laptops internal HD from a live CD alonside Windows and have no problems, I like Mint and think it's a great op system especially for noobs like myself. However I have been trying to install 64bit Mint onto an external 500gb Samsung P3 HD USB 3.0, via my 64bit PC from a live 64bit Mint CD with limited success. I actually got Mint to work, but it altered the MBR on the internal Sata HD and would not boot to Windows, only showing a blank screen and blinking unresponsive cursor. I ran Windows repair and got Windows back. However when I boot to Mint and the Grub loader appears it lists Windows and Linux, booting to Mint is Ok, but will not let me boot to windows. So now I have to enter the bios each time I want to change from one to the other, I am presuming I am missing some dual booting setup or maybe one should be a primary drive and the other a physical drive ? I have posted on the Linux forum about this and trying to find a solution. I will let you know if I find one.

  22. van
    August 4, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    I would like an article on saving picture from my daughter's Fb to MY harddrive.

  23. Chrissy Roberts
    August 4, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Just a female point of view. I love Windows 8.1 and use it on all my computers but they are dual booted with Windows 7 on the main desktop computer 'just in case' and so far no problems with 8. Ok the 'Metro 'start' menu' people hated and I was not too keen on it but I just installed The classic shell and hey presto back to Windows 7 start menu. I do now use Windows 8 Metro start menu to a degree but mainly the search box. I just put the Apps I want to use and on the taskbar and click from there. I use a keyboard and trackball (I love trackball 'mice' and used them for years). OK MS got it wrong on the start menu as I'm sure that if they had stuck with the previous start menu for desktop users then Windows 8 might have been better received. My sis in law who is computer illiterate uses Windows 8 and she has no problem with once I showed her the way around. Instead of knocking it just explore it and look at it's good points. LOL! Has anyone thought where we'd be without our lovely computers even though at time we feel like throwing them out of the window. :-) By the way I'm a silver surfer and have been using computers and MS operating systems since 3.1 but not as clever as some of you chaps but can find my way around and build a computer and have built several. Easy as Lego when you know how. Oh, I have tried Linux but a bit dumb on the command line stuff. By the way also I loved Windows 7 and XP but must admit not keen on Vista when it was around although one of the older computers still has it on. It rather reminded me of Windows Millennium and that was a soul destroying OS. I still use XP for some old music programs so please cover all the OS as long as you can. I don't connect to the internet with XP so quite safe. Can't run XP in Oracle as the music programs don't work so have a dedicated PC for that.

    • Dave P
      August 9, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      It's hard to know what to write about XP that hasn't already been discussed somewhere before. I guess topics that are more relevant now that Microsoft has ended support?

      Oddly, I suspect Windows 8 would prove very intuitive for people who aren't used to the older variants of Windows. It's the people who have used and love Windows for many years who seem to have the biggest downer on it.

      I'd say if you can build your own computer you're more practical and intelligent than most people in the world. I certainly couldn't build my own PC without some serious help from others. Keep it up!

  24. hotshot1
    August 4, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    More on Windows server would be nice.
    More on hacks and lesser known problems would be good.

    Win 8/8.1....I don't really care at this point.

    As for my Windows laptop, I removed Windows and installed Ubuntu linux.
    I NEVER plan to use Windows on my laptop again and do not see the need for Windows to be used on it.

    • Dave P
      August 9, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      I must admit I'm heading that way after using a Chromebook for over a year. It feels as though Windows is becoming less and less essential by the day, which is clearly a problem for Microsoft.

  25. Michael
    August 4, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    For mail to me, I'd just as soon not see anything about Windows...

  26. dwayne
    August 4, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I found that Windows was great until they hit version 8 . Microsoft's attempt to speed up it's Mobile and desktop OS with one "Jack of all trades" Version just failed.
    I've spent too much time with people who are frustrated with the UI change, and are just lost. Even my step-dad got win8 with his Dell and my mom laughed at the Crazy things he had to do to see his files!
    Microsoft has to learn how to manage their OS effectively. Rapid change can have bad effects.
    They are not Apple, and I wish they would stop trying to play catch up, and just innovate in their own way.

    • Dave P
      August 9, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      Do you think Microsoft could afford to just carry on as they were though? I mean, all signs point towards mobile devices being the dominant form factor in the future, so Microsoft HAD to do something to counter that trend or risk missing the boat entirely. Windows 8 is far from perfect, but it may be a necessary stepping stone on the way to a better future for MS.

  27. Charly
    August 4, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    I would love to hear and learn more about One Note

  28. Bill
    August 4, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    More articles on making use of and configuring File History and System Image in Windows 8/8.1.

  29. MarcAnthony
    August 4, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Have a Windows Phone. Issues with it are not related to the phone or interface, but the APPS. None of them that I use, esp the Airlines work as they do on the iPhone. Boarding passes are a pain in the butt-others have varying points of departure from the dominant player esp iPhone.
    While the device is sound as is the OS, most App developers put little into porting over to Windows.

    • Dave P
      August 9, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Do you read the Windows Phone articles we publish on MUO? Some of us are fans of the platform, but its lack of popularity means it's harder to justify writing about it over iOS or Android.

  30. Del
    August 4, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    If w9 doesn't dropn the tiles and multiple steps to try to sell software I will be going toi ubuntu.

    • Dave P
      August 9, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      Does that mean you'd be keen to read articles detailing Windows 9 information as and when it emerges?

  31. bob
    August 4, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Everyone always says back up everything from your hard drive, executables to your registry. But once you do all that and then you drive fails, how do you get it all back? If your computer won't boot how do you reinstate the registry you already backed up?
    Thanks

    • trying to help
      August 4, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      find a forum bob. this ain't the place.

    • Tina S
      August 7, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      These are actually really good article ideas. Thank you for the input, Bob!

  32. Khaled H
    August 4, 2014 at 1:45 am

    windows 8.1

  33. dobby
    August 4, 2014 at 1:23 am

    windows hacks

  34. Muhammad A
    August 3, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Windows Phone and Apps because I'm about to get a Windows Phone a few days from now.Also I would love to read articles about Windows 7 & 8/8.1. I even voted for Windows mobile OS in the past poll cause in terms of OS Windows phone are great its just that there are less apps.

    • Dave P
      August 9, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      We're still trying to figure out how Windows Phone won that poll against all the odds. It stinks of a conspiracy, but we're lacking the evidence right now.

  35. Sudeepto D
    August 3, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I would like to request MakeUseOf team to cover more on Windows hacks and tricks focussed mostly on Windows 8 / Windows 8.1.

    I am stressing on Windows 8/8.1 because these two versions are right now being sold by MS and there is a large group of people who has this conviction that Windows 8/8.1 is not focussed for Desktop Users.

    I first dabbled with customer preview a couple of years back and I really despised the look and feel of Windows and was scared about its future. It was not meant for desktop users at all.
    Windows 7 felt much more smoother at that time and I thought I would probably skip this version just like Windows Vista . But I was wrong !!

    Yes WIndows 8 was initially wasn't good but with time and many requests (complaints maybe), MS has started paying heed to their desktop users as well.

    I don't use Windows 8.1 as I am a Ubuntu user . But there are times when I need to use some Windows specific softwares .

    I want MakeUseOf Team to regularly provide articles that discuss the good points of Windows 8/8.1 , like the power menu, the enhanced search functionality etc .

    You guys could post an articles on weekends describing some cool hacks and tricks that many Windosws 8/8.1 users don't know.

    Rumour has it that MS has finally accepted to include the START MENU in their next iteration of OS i.e. Windows 9.

    Thank You .

    • Dave P
      August 9, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Would these be articles detailing how Windows 8 is better than other operating systems, including Windows 7 and Vista?

    • Sudeepto D
      August 10, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      @Dave : No Dave. I just want you guys to take Windows 8/8.1 as your main OS and post the relevant articles (hacks and tricks) on it.

      As we know the main components (command prompt, File Explorer etc. )of Windows has remained the same throughout many iterations ( Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP) there won't be any compatibility issues while following articles.

      But we can't be sure 100 % that every hack and trick will work on every version of Windows . For instance , Windows 8/8.1 has many new features that are not present on previous versions.
      ONLY on occasions like that , I would like you guys to inform the readers to take necessary actions . That's it .
      I hope I made my point clear :)

      BTW, can you please tell me how can I redeem the T-shirt that I have won for my comment for this article ??

  36. armakuni
    August 3, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    More Linux and KDE please, here you can find the future. Windows sucks, unnecessary which version.

    • Peter
      August 3, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      Sorry but Linux is never going to take off. No one is interested in it but geeks. Windows and Mac OS X will always be top. I would like to see Windows Hacks & Tricks, Windows Software & Tools, Windows 8 Modern Interface & Apps.

    • Ja V
      August 4, 2014 at 3:45 pm

      Anywhere people have a choice, from supercomputers to fondleslabs, Linux crushes Windows. People who convert their PC's commonly say "I never looked back". Technophobes find it easier and safer than Windows.

      Peter's attitude is the reason we need to see more articles on how (and why) to upgrade to Linux. Sadly, most PC's are still shipped with Windows. Chromebooks are starting to change that.

    • Howard B
      August 4, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      Unfortunately, triple-A Linux games are few and far between, with Steam leading a very slow charge to change that.
      When WINE runs every Windows game "out of the box" without unnecessary tweaking and prodding, I'll build a Linux game box. Until then...

    • M.R,
      August 5, 2014 at 12:21 am

      I am an American living in Argentina. When we bought 2 new computers we put Linux on it because we researched it and found many good reports. Also our Internet provider uses Linux and recommended. We heard that the government in Brazil switched all their computers to Linus, that was very impressive. We use Linux Mint and like it.

    • Dave P
      August 9, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      @Armakuni Would you be interested in articles exploring how to switch from Windows to Linux? Or even OS X to Linux?

    • armakuni
      August 9, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      @Dave Articles about switching to Linux are nothing complete new things to me as I switched about 4 years ago from XP to Kubuntu. For other people thinking about it would be helpful. Most people I know don't want to switch because of fewer apps or games, they are mostly uncertain about hardware compatibility and how typical daily tasks will be done. Personally I recommend KDE because of it's great flexibility. Windows users love it to configure their system in many aspects. Mac users probably love more simplicity, if they plan to switch. I bet everyone could work with KDE, maybe needing some preconfiguration help for easy switch.

  37. Peter F
    August 3, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    This is, obviously, a very personal question as any and every windows user will have different wants and needs.

    For what it's worth, I am currently a Windows 7 (laptop) user. I have not yet decided what is going to replace my current machine, but the chances are it will be another windows based laptop.

    With this in mind I would love to see a selection of all the above options but I would always keep an extra keen eye on windows 8/9/( or what ever comes next) hint and tips, reviews, user guides etc as this would not only help to make a decision on what to buy, but which version is best for my needs (and I suppose the needs of others).

    Which ever comes out on top, you can assured that I'll be one of the first to to study the HECK out articles written. :O)

    • Dave P
      August 9, 2014 at 4:50 pm

      Is there anything still to learn about Windows 7 that hasn't already been explored?

    • Peter F
      August 10, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      Possibly Dave, There's always something that folks (me included) miss or need an update on.
      My thinking is that as folks upgrade the options will always be weighed towards newer models and so learning as much as we can about windows 8/9/etc would be preferable to articles on older models.
      That's not to say that windows 7 (or even older) are not relevant. There are still plenty of users around the world who use vista, xp, etc. From reading computer magazines it's clear there is still a good number of consumers who are amendment on sticking with their older machines as long as possible.
      For me though, Learning as much as I can on newer OS would be more beneficial.

      I don't think there is a definitive answer to this question, as everyone will have differing needs. It's still very interesting to see what people DO want from windows and what help/hint n tips they need....

  38. Tom W
    August 3, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    The only Windows articles I'm really interested in are ones titled "Why Windows 9 won't suck for desktop users like Windows 8 did". I'm sticking with Windows 7 until they manage to produce an operating system that is actually designed for desktops, rather than being designed for tablets and badly hacked into pretending to be a desktop OS. Even if I had a touchscreen computer, which I have zero interest in, I'm not going to spend 10-12 hours a day with my arms outstretched in front of me.

    • Cid
      August 3, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      I will echo Tom's sentiments to the letter..... :)

    • Peter
      August 3, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      TomW it looks like you never used Windows 8.1. Desktop is still there and you can use mouse and keyboard, boot to desktop, etc, right click start button... just as Windows 7.

    • Tom W
      August 3, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      Peter, in Windows 8 the desktop mode is officially called the "Legacy Desktop". The only reason it is there at all is because Microsoft knew that they wouldn't get enough apps converted to Metro in time for the Windows 8 launch. The term "legacy" insinuates that they intend to phase it out, and Microsoft will do that if Windows 8 sells enough copies that they can call it a success. Every time someone tells me that I can use make Windows 8 behave just like Windows 7 my response is the same: why would I want something that is like Windows 7 when I already have Windows 7 installed?

    • Dave P
      August 9, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      @Tom Does that mean you would be interested in articles about Windows 9 as soon as any concrete information is available?

    • Tom W
      August 10, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      @DaveP Yes, but I will also probably stop reading them if Windows 9 is released and doesn't interest me. I pretty much lost interest in Windows 8 articles when it was released, The article titles told me everything I needed to know to keep my confirmation bias happy.

  39. Jurmy C
    August 3, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Windows Server

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