Microsoft Shows Commitment to Failing Mobile Paradigm with Windows 8.1 Preview

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Microsoft started its Build developer conference on Wednesday, and kicked the event off with the release of Windows 8.1 Preview, a sneak-peek version of the next version of Windows 8. As far as we can tell, Windows 8.1 represents a commitment to the failed mobile paradigms introduced with Windows 8, an OS that chiefly saddles tablets with Microsoft's desktop legacy of yore. A blog post from Brandon LeBlanc, a Communications Manager at Microsoft, talks about the release, including the really huge news that it includes the return of the Start button to Windows. Hoorah! Happy days are here again! Oh, and for some entertainment, note that the comments on the blog post are filled with people complaining about problems installing the preview or asking for help.  The video below offers a semi-tour of the new release.

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geoduck

an OS that chiefly saddles tablets with Microsoft’s desktop legacy of yore

To be fair, it’s also an OS that saddles desktops and laptops with enough tablet interface elements to make it unintuitive, difficult, and frustrating to use.

geoduck

Wow, what an annoying and uninformative video.

Aftermac

So, they brought back the Start button, you can search for pictures on the Internet, and view at least some of your running Apps in some sort of an adjustable width column view.

What was the point of that video?

Lee Dronick

I find the music and lyrics to be annoying, but then I am not the target demographic.

wab95

including the really huge news that it includes the return of the Start button to Windows. Hoorah! Happy days are here again!

I know no snark was intended, and no actual MS personnel feelings were harmed in anyway in the writing of those comments, nonetheless I nearly choked on my early morning coffee on reading them. The Start button fixes all.

...but then I am not the target demographic

Lee, I’m not sure anyone, including MS, know who is. The music suggests a demographic that lacks the disposable income to help MS, the features are consumer oriented, the pitch thus far for Windows 8 has been made to enterprise…one could be forgiven for being nonplussed.

Which is why I think that if Marilyn were alive she’d sue.

Lee Dronick

Wab I suppose that the videomwas intended for the developers in attendence. Presumably they are a younger set who are into that sort of music.

Paul Goodwin

Every shot of the monitor screen has gobs of wasted space. The tiles UI looks like what might have been the successor to Windows 2 if the Mac OS hadn’t been around to show MS the way. There’s an old adage that says do something even if it’s wrong. The trick is in recognizing that something is very wrong. Give me the menu bar at the top and the pop-up task bar of OS X over that. MS now has produced a version of windows that looks unsuitable for either a tablet or a computer. I’ve never used it so I’m talking from a point of ignorance about what Win 8 is capable of, but that video sure didn’t show me anything worth pursuing any further.

Ty Buchanan

Unfortunately, it isn’t the old Start Button.  It just takes you back to the main menu.

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