Windows 8 has a few new features (like the charms menu, the Start screen, and gesture commands) which may seem pointless or needlessly confusing at first blush.
That's a reasonable sentiment, and it's totally feasible because Windows 8 works equally well whether you stick exclusively to the new Windows 8 interface or the traditional Windows desktop. Get used to pulling the new charm menu in from the right, because you're going to be doing it an awful lot. Swipe in from the right edge to bring up the Windows 8 charms menu, which lets you search, share, and change the settings of Windows 8 apps.
Mouse: Move your mouse to the top or bottom right corners of your screen and leave it there for a moment to bring up the Charms menu. You can see what apps are currently running by swiping in from the left side of the screen. Switch through open apps in Windows 8 by swiping your finger in from the left edge of the screen to bring up the last app you were using.
Mouse: Move your mouse to the middle of the left edge, then click and drag to bring in the next app. You can use two apps simultaneously in Windows 8, though you can't adjust the ratio of screen space between the two apps. You can actually snap an open app into the right or left third of the screen by simply tapping and dragging it to the left or right edge of your screen until a thin vertical barA appears. Mouse: To snap an app to the right or left side of your screen, simply drag it to either edge (as though the mouse pointer were your finger) or just right-click on the app and select "Snap left" or "Snap right" from the context menu.
Keyboard: To snap an open app to the right side of your screen, press the Windows key + the period key.
Click (or tap) and hold the top edge of an app to move it around the desktop, then drag it to the bottom of the screen to close it.
Close apps by dragging your finger down from the top of the screen until the app minimizes and begins to disappear into the bottom edge. Mouse: Move your mouse to the top of the screen until the cursor morphs into a gnarled hand, then click and drag the app down until it begins to disappear into the bottom edge of the screen. Swipe your finger up from the bottom edge to bring up the options menu in any Windows 8 app.
Mouse: Simply right-click in the empty space of any Windows 8 app to bring up the options menu. MicrosoftZoom out to quickly organize the data you store within an app, or even just to organize the apps themselves. Pinch your fingers together to zoom out; zoom out far enough and you will eventually enter Semantic Zoom mode, which can be useful for moving files around or quickly creating groups of folders. Mouse: Hold down the CTRL key and use the scroll wheel on your mouse to scroll in and out of Windows 8 apps. PCWorld helps you navigate the PC ecosystem to find the products you want and the advice you need to get the job done. With Windows 10 seemingly just around the corner, Microsoft plans to fix one of its most egregious mistakes with Windows 8: the missing Start menu.
In hindsight, leaving out the Start button in Win 8 (or at least not implementing an option to turn back on) is a definite FAIL.
It’s a brute force way of getting a larger portion of their PC User share into their tablet and phone markets. Even though win8 was released probably too early and it really sucks for desktop, it is a very good starting point for touch laptop.
M$ knows that desktops for the majority of their home users are going away replaced by smart phones and pads. But what is definitely annyoing is the constant switching between Metro apps and Desktop apps.
So, I have a perfectly great laptop that doesn’t have a touch screen and your solution is to go out and buy a new one so that I can effectively use Windows 8 as is? Actually the Nokia line of Windows phones are very popular, reasonably priced, and work perfectly.
However Windows 8.1 has fixed it yet in new interface you have to waste time scrolling those idiotic big tiles to find out what you need. Since then they’ve improved the UI so that we can better use the mouse and keyboard on the Start screen, I appreciated that. But then I am 70 years old, I couldn’t expect everyone to be as quick to accept change and learn new stuff as I am.
Once one can get around the Metro UI (I go weeks without even looking at it thanks to a nifty add-on), the underlying system is just as good, probably faster, and includes an internal antivirus (Windows Defender), rendering third-party antiviruses obsolete. Well, why can’t people like you just accept the change and move on and not be so afraid of learning new ways to do things? That’s not even remotely a fair comparison and just proves how lost some people get when the simplest things aren’t exactly the way they’re used to. Yes it’s very complicated to click a corner or the windows key and instantly see what want and click it.
I don’t think it has anything to do with arrogance, they simply made it clear that Windows is headed towards touch. I think Microsoft listens to their users but seeing all the mad bitching, false claims and hardly any constructive criticism over these 2 months it’s not shocking that they pay more attention to windows developers than regular users.
Wow thats funny I hear they are the most popular apps, and how would you know they uninstalled them.
Windows 8 Metro screen is the worse implementation of a Desktop UI that I can even imagine.
We’re not headed towards touch on the desktop anymore than we are headed for a mouse on tablets and phones. I have used home computers with most every opsys since the beginning, and I don’t know a single person who likes or wants a touch screen on a desktop. No its complicated when its hidden by default, and not explained explicitly on system start up that its been changed after 20 years of doing it the other way.
Anyway, I (still) love Windows 8 on my desktop and touch brings me an extra dimension in productivity. You HAVE a touch screen, the whole question here is people who do NOT have one not wanting a touch oriented OS. Microsoft has released the full, final version of Windows 8 to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, and a free 90-day trial to everyone else. With that said, read on for our hands-on impressions of Windows 8 on Samsung Series 7 touchscreen tablet. I have had no issues allocating my fucking RAM, CPU, and battery life in the past, but thanks for deciding what is best for me Microsoft. After playing for few days, I just find it natural to scroll left and right with the mouse wheel up and down.. Put your tablet and your desktop on your WiFi network and control your desktop using touch on your tablet. Yep, you can move the Start screen _after_ login by using the hot corner (bottom left) to open the Start screen on another display. Not a great article – we get to watch Sebastian playing minesweeper and changing windows colours. And this thing about Aero being dated and cheesy really annoys me – i like the look of my desktop. Ya, benchmarks and the like will come later, once we have final versions of benchmark suites, drivers, etc.
For consumers, the main advantage with finding classic Windows applications via the app store is that they are MS certified, so they have to adhere to certain standards, both from a technical and quality perspective. For developers, the advantage is very clear – a central location where applications are promoted without having to spend money on marketing.
If they force the Metro thing down everyone’s throats now, people who are learning to use PCs for the first time will feel an instant love for Windows mobile devices. But hey, I wouldn’t expect a pleb like you to understand the finer intricacies of the complex conjugate hues of red and blue. The Microsoft marketing machine is in full swing trying to make a fool of people into buying the worst most retarded, childish and unusable UI ever created. WP7 has been growing steadily (and faster than the other platforms in their beginnings), but it clearly wasn’t supposed to gain much more market share than it already has.

All your babbling is not going to turn an awful childish unusable unproductive User Interface designed by people with no clue about what they were doing into a productive working well designed UI.
I agree, its just Microsoft are trying to make it uncool so they can sell new Windows.  People are easily brainwashed.
1- make that start menu and metro apps ubiquitous among PCs (Windows 8), Tablets (Windows RT and 8) and Phones (Windows Phone). The OS has faced some changes and I really believe that it has become more usable than ever.
After adding this, you may need to scroll the Start screen all the way to the left side and drag the desktop tile back to where you like. A: You can't put your own photo in a Windows 8 Start screen background because the built-in customization limits the pictures to the Microsoft-provided ones.
If interested in a replacement Start menu in Windows 8, their Start8 application closely resembles the Start menu most of us loved. Related ArticlesQ: How can I change the Start screen background in Windows 8 to a picture of my choice?
So Microsoft unveiled Windows 8 Consumer Preview yesterday, making it available to the masses for testing and getting a taste of the new Metro UI and the OS in general.
Before you berate me for writing such a thing, please let me clarify that this is for those who would just try to find an easy way out, and don’t really know it themselves. From the dialog box that pops up, check the icons that you want to show, and hit OK or Apply. In case you want even quicker access to your file system through My Computer, you may want to consider pinning the Computer tile to Windows 8 Start Screen. The result would be a new icon for quick access to Computer location on your Windows 8 machine’s Start Screen – all the more easy! It should be noted that you can also access My Computer through Windows 8’s universal Search function by just bringing up the Start Screen and typing in the required keyword. AddictiveTips is a tech blog focused on helping users find simple solutions to their everyday problems. M’e sempre piaciuta poco la mania di criticare le nuove versioni dei sistemi operativi e le varie revisioni delle interfacce grafiche. Nonostante cio, bisogna ammettere che il recente Windows 8 ha messo a dura prova davvero tutti, anche i fanatici accaniti, come il sottoscritto, delle rivoluzioni e degli stravolgimenti.
Ma la mancanza piu criticata in assoluto e certamente quella del menu Start, sostituito appunto con la Start Screen, che pero abbiamo appena disattivato. Tovo che vada bene in un smart phone, che ha poco spzio video, ma non per chi lavora e vuole vedere solo quello che gli serve. In compenso ho trovato n w8 cose meno evidenti ma sicuramente piu utili della schermata iniziale. Tutto ragionevole, ma perche non condividere qui i “vantaggi che win 8 ha per il desktop” in modo che chi come me e irritato dal cambiamento radicale ma altrettanto disposto ad abituarcisi una volta scoperti e valutati (i vantaggi) ?
Experienced Windows users running a non-RT version of Windows 8 may be tempted to ignore these new features entirely in favor of working exclusively through the Desktop app.
But Windows 8 really shines when you learn to use the charms and gestures to quickly swap back and forth between the Start screen and the desktop, multitasking and sharing data between new Windows 8 apps and your trusty desktop software.
After aA few weeks working and playing with Windows I'm starting to learn how the new control scheme, designed to work equally well on desktops, laptops and tablets, can help you work faster and more efficiently if you take a little time to learn and integrate it into your workflow. If you want to pick and choose from a list of all apps currently open, simply swipe in from the left a bit and then back again to the edge.
To bring up a list of all running apps, just move your mouse to the top or bottom left corners of your screen and move it along the edge towards the center until your apps list appears.
You can do this from the top edge of an open app to make room for a second program, or drag an open app from the list along the left edge and snap it into the right or left edge of the screen. It's sort of hard to explain, so the best thing to do is play around with semantic zoom yourself to see how it works. If you have a touchscreen handy, tap and hold an object in Windows 8 (like the live tiles in the Start screen, for example) to move it around and reorganize folders or menus. If you're mostly a desktop PC user comfortable with Windows 7, upgrading to Windows 8 is probably not worthwhile. By now you may know the story, as the company has gradually backtracked throughout various updates since the OS launched in late 2012. A few companies had the smarts and courage to understand they need to change their core solution while they maintains 95% of the user base in order to survive in the long term. Steve Jobs did away with the classic Apple menu and to this day you still have to use a program to get it back. Some of us found earlier versions of windows much more user friendly for our needs and purposes!
And for your information there are people who eat with their feet because life left them no other choice, they accept it, learn to cope with it and get on with their lives without complaining but that’s not relevant here. I understand that most people don’t see it that way, at least yet, but it’s better to have both worlds at once and be able to choose which you prefer. It’s OK that you have a choice to go between both the desktop and the touch experience, but when other people complain about the start button then they are just bitching? With the plain ugly bars and text, everything displays a lot faster, it just looks ugly is all. Instead, it takes you to the vendor’s web site where you buy the application exactly like you do in Windows 7.
I cannot get to my email any faster or write a response to an article with overblown statements any better. The Metro UI allows you to run 2 foreground apps side-by-side, whereas iPad only allows you to run one foreground app at a time. Metro UI supports semantic zoom across the entire platform, which can be utilised by 3rd party apps too. Metro UI has Live Tiles which show live data without having to launch an app, and which allows you to pin subsections of an app to the start screen and not just the app itself, and allows you to orgnaise and filter data on the start screen as well as displaying live information for that subsection or filter.
Apps can share data with each other using the Share feature (Share Contracts) even if the apps don’t know anything about each other. Did you complain when pinned (auto and manual) programs or non-flyout All Programs came around? Virtually no one that uses one wants to change, and the satisfaction rating is higher  than the other offerings. Most WP users LOVE the tiled, information-rich UI, but what sells smartphones right now is app parity, something that is frustrating for all sorts of reasons that are important but completely unrelated to this comment thread. By making it ubiquitous, everyone will get used to it (a huge part of the 1 billion PC users included). Comes with Windows 7 by default, but it’s the tablet that Microsoft gave to all the attendees of Build (with Windows 8 on it). Open your Start screen, scroll all the way to the right until you see the Desktop tile, then drag and drop the tile to where or what group you like on your Start screen.
However, StarDock has released a program called Decor8 that allows any picture to be used and is available from the StarDock website.
Amidst all the oohs and aahs, one frustration that many users came across was the (apparent) lack of the Computer icon on the desktop. You may already know it, whence this article wouldn’t apply to you, and you may not know how to do it, in which case, you can thank me later. The concept is, again, exactly the same as it was for pinning items to Start Menu in early iterations of Windows. Seriously, the new start screen is much better to put shortcuts to programs, I almost never used the start menu, and the commands in the coners goes naturally if you give a chance. We review the best desktop, mobile and web apps and services out there, in addition to useful tips and guides for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Cosi mi sono deciso a scrivere questa guida, dedicata a chi deve amministrare un vasto parco macchine e deve avere a che fare con utenti recalcitranti alle novita o tecno-repellenti. La prima e la schermata con la quale vi accoglie Windows 8, quella con le Live Tiles, i tassellini che hanno reso celebre Windows Phone. Per ripristinare il tanto amato tasto basta un utility, anch’essa gratuita, che vi permettera di sceglierne addirittura lo stile (cosa aberrante), tra Windows XP e Windows 7.
Vantaggi Windows 8 ne ha sicuramente anche per i desktop, peccato questa forzatura nel voler fondere i due mondi.

Un esame dei vantaggi di Windows 8, che sicuramente esistono, in effetti non e mai stato fatto. If you're using a mouse and keyboard you can move files and folders around in the Desktop app with the File Explorer utilty, just like every other version of Windows. If you're a mobile user who needs easy access to the complete Microsoft ecosystem, including SkyDrive, Windows 8 is definitely a good fit.
You can also add widgets to Pokki, such as Gmail or Facebook, which display your latest email or status updates.
Where I doubt that touch desktop with our current technology will ever be viable since our hands are usually too far from the screen, it is actually truly applicable to a laptop.
Look at IBM, Western Digital… So while I disagree with some of their design choices and their decision to launch it too early (major missing apps or functions), I am also willing to wait for them to get it right. I believe we may see true benefits out of this that will change the way we interact with computers. You could fill a city the size of Denver almost 20 times over with all the people who use Lumia devices. And then after their updates those Apple Menus don’t work, so they have to continually update them.
I use the start screen now just like I used to use the old start menu – and then some so now everything I use is more ready at hand and my desktop has about one third of the crap it used to have.
The options you speak of aren’t necessary because third parties have provided numerous options just for that. No one looked at a computer has ever said “fucking start button is ruining my computing experience!” These are virtual environments, want to try something new? Microsoft still hasn’t made the Start screen any easier to manipulate with mouse and keyboard. But after spending few hours with it, you will find that the metro interface is actually optimized for mouse as well, but it cannot be basic mouse (only left and right click). There is also no performance issue with the interface, runs quickly and smoothly on every pc i’ve tried it on. Microsoft have created an entire sharing platform which developers can utilise and can even publish a sharing contract for others to use if required. This is far superior to the very basic sharing that iOS. They are forcing developers, businesses, system administrators, professionals to waste time with the most unproductive childish UI ever created. And when you go back to a Win7 machine you’ll feel just as jarred or hamstrung as you would when you picked up Win8. Usability metrics BEFORE touch was a viable input was consistently about making hit targets (for mice) bigger and more spaced out. What the hell does Google provide such a text snippet from the user comment rather than the article itself???? It blows everything out of the water on a tablet, and it’s great to be able to open the desktop up when I have it docked to a keyboard and mouse.
Now, to be honest, that’s nothing new, since from the days of Windows XP, the desktop had been clear of any icons sans Recycle Bin. First day, and I am able to navigate around and I used my Ipad to remote into my Windows 8 Desktop and was able to use my Ipad as a semi-surface tablet! 7 is far superior in hardware recognition and other features plus I needed to go to 64 bit, This is why my personal build span was from 1999 – 2007 I guess it was because of the control of going from DOS to NTFS and 98 was not a pig. Ovvero per chi proprio non ha voglia di star li a spiegare eventuali vantaggi di una novita che implica cambiamenti nell’uso quotidiano.
L’utility, scaricabile qui, va installata e configurata secondo le proprie preferenze. If you need to shuffle things around in the Windows Start screen or a Windows 8 app, simplyA left-click on an object, then hold and drag it to reorganize your apps, files and folders. If your needs lie somewhere between those two extremes, give Windows 8 a close look; the cost is low, but you'll need to learn your way around the new Start screen and make sure that your existing software runs well in the new OS. For several years now, every Windows desktop and laptop sold in a store comes with Windows 8.
By default, Pokki will configure your Windows 8 system to boot straight to the Desktop — and there is an option that will just completely disable the hot corners, if you so desire. I recently bought my wife a mac book air and an asus 31a touch not knowing what she would prefer. I have seen many people switching from an ipad and a laptop to intuitively reach out to touch the screen on their laptop. Instead they were arrogant and said use what we think is best because we are the ones who know what you need. What’s interesting is that many end up uninstalling them after 2 weeks because they realize they’re not needed. Alternatively you can move all of your coworkers and all of the equipment you have from work to your home. The only changes that you will notice off the bat are:The installation process now includes a tutorial. As a pure desktop OS I’m not sure that it makes sense to move from windows 7 to this. Where the problem arose this time around, was the fact that previously, you could’ve easily accessed Computer (or My Computer, if you prefer that) from the Start Menu. Since I have no intension of using mobile devices…My PC is my work horse and Metro is not conducive for that. I believe win8 is prime to capitalize on this intuitive gesture and to my great surprise it truly change the way you interact with your device.
Instead of having dinner with your family have dinner with the entire crew from work and their families.
All the start button solutions are 3rd party, have yet to see M$ give people that option back. Microsoft seem to be trying to use jedi mind tricks on the masses – your interface is crappy and dated, buy our new up to date product. But now all of a sudden, because a UI was built around those industry standardized usability metrics, those metrics no longer apply and are instead turned on their head?
Windows 8, however, took away the Start Menu in its entirety, and even the infamous Start Screen didn’t present any shortcut for accessing computer, or exploring the contents of the hard drive.
Microsoft is the only Company I know that has been able to NOT listen to the customer and get away with it. It’s more useful than the existing Start Menu while also maintaining most of all the current high-runner functionality. Even though nothing has changed with respect to brining the icons back to their place, and considering that you can still browse the directory structure by navigating through the Libraries (read: Windows Explorer) view, this post is just a summary of how you can bring the good old Computer icon back to your Desktop, or make it shine on Start Screen. Si possono disattivare facilmente con un utility chiamata Skip Metro Suite, che vi permettera con un flag, di disattivare entrambe le funzioni. In this case, the new version is nicer, with plenty of sizing options and the ability to create shortcuts for documents, music, video, websites, and other tasks.
With the final build of Windows 8 now in the hands of hundreds of thousands of third-party developers, and the Windows Store fully open for business, the next three months will be absolutely crucial. It also embraces the Windows 8 tile design, without completely taking over the UI the way Windows 8 Metro does.
If the developers deliver and Windows 8 launches with thousands of apps, Microsoft will be onto a winner — otherwise, Windows 8 will simply be Windows 7 with a clunky layer of primary-colored Fisher-Pricey bloatware on top.
In its place there’s a flat, square, solid-color UI that does a better job of linking together the two very disparate Metro and Desktop experiences. ViStart includes a blurred, translucent menu that integrated well with Windows 8, as well as a Windows 7-like Start Menu skin that we imagine some people will want to head straight for. By default, the color of this UI automatically mirrors the most predominant color of your desktop wallpaper, but you can set it manually if you prefer.Windows 8 Start screen. The good news, though, is that the transition is very quick — and given time the Desktop does begin to feel like just another app. As you can see in the screenshot above, StartIsBack even detects if your system needs to restart to apply some patches; it really is just like the Windows 7 Start menu.

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