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(Engadget)   Google: "We don't want to make any applications for the operating system that will be on the lion's share of new desktops sold in the next year"   (engadget.com) divider line 16
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2012-12-13 04:38:42 PM
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Lexx: Users don't need a start button or menu.


It's not that they *need* it, it's that getting used to an OS that works significantly differently to the previous edition of that OS is a completely pointless hassle. It's like if the next version of Linux required you to use a Dvorak keyboard - sure, you can get used to it and it might even be slightly better once you do, but who wants to deal with that shiat?
2012-12-13 04:52:47 PM
2 votes:
For those that don't understand what this means ... if they don't code for Win8 then their application will not play with the new tile interface.

You will need to go to the standard desktop that is hiding behind the tiles and launch it like normal.

If this interface succeeds on the PC then Google will change their tune. Until then they do not need to cater to Microsoft.
2012-12-13 04:42:24 PM
2 votes:
Reality: When you stop pretending touch devices aren't computers, all versions of Windows combined only have a 20% marketshare.

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2012-12-13 04:20:07 PM
2 votes:
Hey look, another thread where people who don't have Windows 8 biatch about Windows 8.
2012-12-13 03:32:57 PM
2 votes:

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Likewise, I don't understand why they would need to make specific apps for Windows 8...


No joke. All Google services are accessible via webpages on desktop machines. Platform-specific apps would be pretty redundant.
2012-12-14 10:51:15 AM
1 votes:
THAT was the article I just spent 5 mins trying to load on a bad 3g connection? I got just as much info from the fark headline and it didn't take a huge header and footer fulla crap to say it. Fark that site.
2012-12-13 10:40:17 PM
1 votes:

Popcorn Johnny: I'll admit that Windows 8 is kind of a waste if your on a desktop or a regular laptop. Where it's going to shine is on the new "ultrabooks" that can be used as a tablet or a laptop.


Thankyou. Now we can agree. :P
2012-12-13 06:53:53 PM
1 votes:

moel: downstairs: The tiled interface I have zero use for, but I guess you can turn that off.

Nope...everytime you boot the machine its there....no turning TIFKAM off, otherwise how would MS batter you into submission with it....

...its like the tech equivalent of your 4 year old child tugging at your trousers and constantly asking for a furby this christmas..you know its going to be a farking nightmare but you will probably eventually give in


Or get Classic Shell. I traded up to W8 from XP on a fairly modern mobo/processor machine and the improvement in speed was huge. With Classic Shell (or Start 8 which does much the same) I have a start button and never have to see Metro unless I want to.
Not had any issues with older software not running apart from my video card twin monitor function not working with W8.

Still very glad I upgraded, $40 was a great deal. Still think Metro is stupid beyond belief, but I don't have to use it.
2012-12-13 06:21:14 PM
1 votes:
Chrome is already a Windows 8 application. It's switchable between desktop and metro in the menu.
2012-12-13 05:57:10 PM
1 votes:

downstairs: The tiled interface I have zero use for, but I guess you can turn that off.


Nope...everytime you boot the machine its there....no turning TIFKAM off, otherwise how would MS batter you into submission with it....

...its like the tech equivalent of your 4 year old child tugging at your trousers and constantly asking for a furby this christmas..you know its going to be a farking nightmare but you will probably eventually give in
2012-12-13 04:06:36 PM
1 votes:
Were I to be in the market for a new computer and Windows 8 was the only option, the first thing I'd do is wipe the drive and put Win 7 ultimate on it with my TechNet subscription.
2012-12-13 03:53:40 PM
1 votes:
Also subby, you might want to look at how the supply chain is doing at the moment..

The bottom has fallen out of the market...no one wants windows 8, no one wants laptops/desktops with windows 8.

So whilst it will be the majority of pc's, that number is going to be a damn sight smaller than the last decade..
2012-12-13 03:40:13 PM
1 votes:

russlar: metallion: Why should they? Pretty much anything you need from google on a pc can be accessed through Chrome or IE...

This. The only reason to make a "Windows 8 app" is for the ARM-based WinRT tablets.


Those aren't likely to stick around.
2012-12-13 03:36:48 PM
1 votes:

metallion: Why should they? Pretty much anything you need from google on a pc can be accessed through Chrome or IE...


This. The only reason to make a "Windows 8 app" is for the ARM-based WinRT tablets.
2012-12-13 02:14:16 PM
1 votes:
Likewise, I don't understand why they would need to make specific apps for Windows 8...
2012-12-13 02:11:57 PM
1 votes:
Why would they? I use the Gmail app on my android phone because webmail is a pain in the ass on mobile, but I haven't used an actual mail app for personal mail in forever - not counting work, and I can't see any businesses turning away from Lotus or Outlook
 
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