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  • Need urgent assistant on zip file.

    , GoddersUK wrote


    Yes, because opening a zip file isn't a basic feature that people will expect to just work Perplexed

    (And because opening a zip file in the 7zip UI is clearly a bazillion times more user friendly than opening a zip in the Windows Explorer UI Perplexed)

    C'mon now, "No Compromises" remember?

    They certainly could have made the unblock feature more discoverable. BTW I downloaded a few zipped files on my W7 box today and unzipped using the built-in stuff just fine. Maybe UAC level has something to do with it too.

  • The line must be drawn here ....

    @cbae: Squint really hard and you'll see I referred to cases where W8 was "good" and "great". Please show enough restraint to judge me on the full context of what I said rather than just the part that lends to your point.

    @elmer: No doubt about that. "Windows 8 - The I Don't Give a F* About the Desktop Edition". I suspect consumers who choose to buy a new desktop/laptop will be on the loosing end of things because it will ship with W8 and they won't think one way or another until it arrives. What's funny is that the "desktop/laptop disconnect" stems primarily from things they've removed and not a problem metro created. Hence my favorite expression for W8 - a thousand little cuts.

  • The line must be drawn here ....

    , cbae wrote


    I don't think what they're doing with Windows 8 is following anybody. You act like Metro on a  desktop computer is not only a stupid idea, but a radically stupid idea. Criticize the concept all you want, but at least have the backbone to give them credit for trying something that's never been done before.

    So if I don't give someone credit for trying a new, bad idea then I have no backbone?

    For clarification here's my complete opinion of metro on various hardware.

    • Metro on a tablet - good*
    • Metro + desktop** on a tablet - great
    • Metro + desktop** on a desktop PC - dumb

    * IMO Windows RT tablets will suffer from a lack of apps in comparison to their direct competitor the iPad. This would also be considered the "follower" implementation of W8 IMO and best provides the same pattern as the Zune and WP.

    **minus the incursion of metro on the desktop and other "No Compromise" removal of desktop features

  • The line must be drawn here ....

    Ballmer -- Enthusiastic as always but forgets that just because you say it's true doesn't make it so. IMO the W8 (everywhere) strategy is a repeat of the WP strategy which is a repeat of the Zune strategy. Be a follower, late to market, and try and cash in on the popularity that others have generated for something. How many times are we going to see this strategy implemented before the board finally hand Ballmer the pink slip?

  • **** move

    , spivonious wrote


    What does surprise me is MS shutting them down while Windows 7 is still in the general support phase. The security holes must be pretty gaping.

    That's pretty sad considering gadgets and sidebar were created after the "security is import" panic.

    "No Compromise" lalalalalalalala..... Smiley

  • The future prospect of Windows 8, today!

    @wastingtimewithforums: +1 Spot on. A thousand little cuts...

  • Will the need to buy new apps hurt Microsoft Surface?

    , evildictaitor wrote

    This is down to the developers. If you paid for angry birds on the iPhone, they might let you have the Win8 version for free. That's not really Microsoft's call though.

    While that may help the user make the decision it certainly still the user's call. If it's still too much of a pain to integrate heterogeneous devices then people will happily stay locked-in. Microsoft is late to the tablet game (and the phone game before it) -- their call. That's going to make an investment in the WindowsRT tablets difficult unless some shims like BlueStacks will let them bring their investment in other ecosystems with them.

    The days of eco-system lock-in are upon us...

  • You know that girl that gets another boyfriend right after a rejection? Any boyfriend?

    And sometimes a girl switches sides (especially when the boyfriend is micro soft)... Scared

  • Windows 8 Pro Upgrade - $40

    , wastingtimewithforums wrote


    Why are you happy? It's still Windows 8 after all.

    It's a nice gesture on their part to basically say (IMO) that "Sorry we screwed W8 up for desktop users; here's $100 off for your trouble." It also helps that Start8 will support "boot to desktop"  in the future. I now have a path forward to gain all of the performance improvements of W8 with none of the metro pain on the desktop.

  • Windows 8 Pro Upgrade - $40

    , AndyC wrote


    It's also notable that the endless stream of Win 8 bashing in the Building 8 blog comments seems to have suddenly silenced at the realisation it's not going to cost an arm and a leg.

    Or maybe they realized Microsoft isn't listening and gave up.