- Jun 11, 2009
I don't know about that.
I just starting using it yesterday, but already I feel several limitations & poor design aspects in Windows 8.1 have been significantly improved
- Choice of start menu or start screen. User decides.
- Windowed dont-call-me-metro apps
- Improvement of core apps (especially Mail & Calendar)
- Removal of Charms
- Settings panel much better than Settings in 8.1
And the following adds new features that I think will be useful on laptop/desktop
- Cortana digital assistant
- Task view
- Virtual desktops
- Snap Assist
- Notification centre
- Quick access tab in Windows Explorer with frequently accessed files & folders
- Can now ctrl+v into command prompt window (yes, this took until 2015 to happen!)
- Per-monitor display scaling
- Native Print to PDF support
- Improvements to File History restore process
I also think the inclusion of a dedicated Windows feedback app is a really positive advance. Giving feedback about Windows (and Microsoft products in general) is something that has been generally difficult to do until recently. Microsoft never had a web page like the Apple feedback web page for example.
Many of your positives are negatives for me:
Start menu: I'll still install classic start menu
Loss of full screen apps huge loss (even if you fullscreen it, the app doesn't remember this on next reopen)
core apps: I haven't played with them yet, looking forward to it
Removal of charms: Bleh, HUGE mistake for tablet use and a huge negative for me
Settings panel: it is nice
Cortana: seems likeyou lose too much privacy, but I haven't played with it much. Seems more useful on a phone where it's a pain to type and look things up
Task view: Bleh, give me back my swipe through apps
Virtual desktops: Nice
Snap assist: Nice
Notification centre: Meh, kind of neutral on this, it's not much different than win7/8 just set up aesthetically nice
Quick access: VERY VERY nice, it's not new as win8 had favorites, but quick access is more intuitive and seems baked into more stuff and menus, definitely like.
Cmd window, very nice, can you ctr+v with admin rights?
per monitor display: WOW this is extremely nice, plus you can independently adjust text size, UI elements and taskbar options.
Print to PDF: oohh I didn't see that one, I just struggled with this recently in win8, nice