I can't figure out the utility of Windows 8 and why anyone who makes their living by being on a computer all day would want to use it. I'm the kind of person who has 3 different browsers open with 5-10 windows or tabs each, plus, Word, Excel, Skype, Tweetdeck (and sometimes more) always open, and I'm constantly switching between them. With Windows 7, having each pinned to the taskbar lets me quickly switch to whatever I need. But with 8, I have to return to the Start page to switch between windows/tabs or applications -- an extra step each time. Or am I missing something?
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- I gave up on winblows years ago. Linux was the only choice! We had an expression we used - user vicious!Feb 26, 2013
- Nope. Alt+Tab and Win+Tab are both still there.
The big UI changes have been the inclusion of hot corners for Win+Tab switching and "charms" (basic search, settings, and mobile app sharing), and the replacement of the Start Menu with a full screen application launcher (the "Start Screen"). It also, for better or for worse, runs full screen mobile ("Metro") apps.
Oh, and the Office ribbon style of menus have found their way into Windows Explorer.Feb 26, 2013
- I am using Windows 8 as Windows 7 (with things pinned to task bar, etc), but was just wondering if I was missing the benefits of how to use 8 with the hot corners/charms, etc. To me it just doesn't seem to work well.Feb 26, 2013
- Obviously, something's broken up your workflow.
The charms bar is more or less useless on the desktop, so you may as well ignore the top and bottom right hot corners. The top left hot corner only comes into play if you're running any full screen Metro apps in the background.
I'm really not sure what you've meant about having to go to the Start Screen in order to switch applications, though. Desktop applications are switched using the taskbar, and Metro applications are switched using the top left hot corner. The Start Screen is just a program launcher, like the Start Menu was.Feb 26, 2013
- Just saw Win8 in action last night. The user got stuck on a weird full screen view and couldn't fight her way out of the paper bag. Granted, it was a paper bag and a few random key strokes finally got her back to the browser via the tile page, but MS still put the paper bag over her head and didn't show her an obvious escape hatch.Feb 27, 2013
- Microsoft marketing buffs concluded that the majority of it users were stupid and computer illiterate. So copy the modal type operating philosophy of the mobile phone. Because that works for most people... Yeah?
Microsoft have been producing mash-ups of other people's ideas for decades with poor results :-(Feb 28, 2013