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What are the four things for Microsoft can do to take Windows to the next generation ?
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Posted on 05/26/2014 5:02:39 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Mcrosoft's Surface Pro 3 event earlier this week showed the company at its strength. For the first time in many years, it's got most of its ducks lined up; hardware and software finally in unison. Yet, the company still finds itself in a losing battle against Apple in the tablet world and fighting ever declining PC sales.

What are the four things for Microsoft can do to take Windows to the next generation ?
Despite Microsoft being in perhaps its best position yet, its event this week showed that the way it is going about selling the Surface is still problematic. It’s still failing at the tablet war and the Surface Pro 3 might not be the hit it thinks it has with the people that matter the most.

The company has a lot of work to do. There are five key areas it needs to work on to begin dominating the market, because as it stands, consumers still don’t desire its tablets like the company desperately needs them to nor do they understand who exactly they’re for.

Here’s the four things that I think the company needs to do in order to take Windows to the next level.

1. Remove the desktop

This is the one that I believe Microsoft needs to act on most urgently. The company needs to move toward a world where the desktop does not exist on tablets. Perhaps it’s there but disabled unless the user enables it, or perhaps it’s removed altogether, but the desktop is adding a huge layer of complexity that’s entirely unneeded on this type of form factor.

The desktop makes Microsoft’s tablets cumbersome and confusing to use. Anyone who’s used one can testify to being thrown in and out of it regularly. It’s not necessary for most users and I bet Microsoft’s data reflects this for the most part, but right now it’s likely that the company believes because its store doesn’t contain enough tablet apps to lure users across from the desktop.

I would hazard a guess that the entire reason the desktop mode is even still there is because Microsoft has failed to ship a touch-first version of Office (but ironically shipped one for iPad) and needs to pretend like it’s necessary to have desktop mode in the meantime, while its flagship apps still need it.

Vox published an interesting piece earlier this week which speaks to this point;

Anyone who needs the power of a PC can and should just buy a PC. The point of buying a tablet is that it’s cheaper, smaller, lighter, simpler, and more power-efficient than a traditional PC. Those advantages are only possible because tablets don’t try to be all things to all people.

The iPad got popular because it wasn’t a MacBook and didn’t come with any of the hassles of using a full machine.

Instead of focusing on Windows tablets that do everything, Microsoft should remove the desktop by default and distance itself from it on these portables; it’s a bad experience for these users and would be better hidden or removed, with the ability to reinstall it if users want, which brings us to the second point.

2. Make Windows for tablets free

Tablet PCs should always get the latest version of Windows, for free. No questions asked. All other platforms have made a point of doing this and Microsoft needs to follow suit.

It’s something that likely terrifies the company, as much of its income comes from this money, but in order to convince potential buyers to jump across, it needs to give them some assurance that they won’t have to pay $99 at the end of the year to upgrade to Windows 9.

The way that it should do this, is to make the Modern UI version of Windows completely free. Sort of like the odd Bing-sponsored version of Windows 8.1 (which could be a trial before a wider rollout), but with the desktop completely ripped out. Users that want the desktop back should be able to purchase the functionality and have it installed onto their devices as a low-cost upgrade.

My bet is that most tablet buyers don’t want or desire to have the desktop on their tablets and would never have any desire to see it there. This option gives the large group of old-school Windows users the ability to get the mode back if they desire for a small fee, but hides the complexity from your average user.

3. Release touch-first Office, bundle it

The problem is, for Microsoft, this isn’t possible at all right now. It can’t give away a free version of Windows without the desktop because it still needs to be there for its dated Office suite to function. Rumor has it that the ‘Gemini’ Office suite that should ship later this year will be a touch-first version, so perhaps Microsoft will start moving further away from the desktop after this.

What’s important, when Microsoft eventually releases a touch-first Office suite, is that it is provided for free with all tablets. It can’t be an added extra anymore, nor can it be a subscription service. The company provides Office for free with Windows RT and this needs to be extended to everything that doesn’t have a keyboard built in.

Microsoft’s competitors are giving away their Office suites for essentially nothing; Google Drive and Apple’s Pages/Numbers/Keynote offering are free services that are good enough alternatives for many users to not bother buying Microsoft’s suite anymore.

Instead, the company could offset any losses from this by using the enterprise channel to monetize and support this new way of selling. By bundling Office with every tablet sold the company would be getting Office into the hands of every consumer with no extra effort required; those same consumers are likely to continue driving adoption of Office in the enterprise, since it’s the suite they’re most accustomed to.

Right now, Microsoft’s tablet strategy looks stunted and a little silly with its claims that Windows tablets are superior because they have Office. A desktop version of Office that doesn’t do touch well at all is not a selling point, but when the company releases a touch-first version, it really will be a huge advantage, so it’s a good opportunity to push it hard by making it free for everyone who buys a tablet.

4. Shift the focus away from ‘good at everything’

The problem that Microsoft so nicely presented for everyone at its Surface Pro 3 event this week is that it wants its devices to be good at everything. It hasn’t really decided if its tablets are laptop killers or tablet killers, so it’s just kind of both.

Unfortunately, these Windows 8.1 tablet ‘convertibles’ aren’t particularly great at being either of these at any given time. They’re pretty good at being a tablet, but not great (mostly due to the lack of apps and the half-assed commitment to Modern UI being where you should be all the time). They’re pretty good at being a laptop, but not great at it.

Apple has spent years crafting the PC into the best form it could find and it turned out that the perfect laptop was a MacBook Air. This is evidenced by almost all PC manufacturers eventually coming to the point where they just cloned it with their own slight deviation on the design.

Instead of focusing on being good at both a tablet, a laptop and a PC, I think Microsoft should have pursued the angle that it’s a best-in-class tablet that’s also a great creation device. Instead of pushing the fact that its tablets have a mouse(!) and can pretend to be a laptop, push the fact that they offer great tablets for touch and that just so happen to have keyboards for when you need to get down to serious business.

Yes, these tablets can do everything your PC can do, but no it can’t do it better. Instead of focusing on the fact that it can be a PC, instead the company should focus on stating that these devices can do everything a tablet like the iPad can do, plus it can help you be productive.

As I’ve said already in this post, Microsoft’s focusing its Surface line desperately on the ‘it’s a tablet and a laptop’ angle but instead it should be pushing along the lines of ‘it’s a tablet that’s better than your PC.’

The iPad is still not a good content creation device, but the Surface Pro is. Microsoft needs to ship the new version of Office and kill the desktop in the same move.

Then, Microsoft will have finally be fully committed to its new interface to be able send the right messaging; Windows tablets are not a cumbersome PC that you need to manage like a laptop, but instead are tablets that can do more than you’re used to being able to do.

Users want less in tablets; Apple showed that people desire the iPad even though it’s a stunted version of the MacBook that can only do one task at a time, but that’s why it appealed at first. The fact that the iPad can’t do everything is the unique selling point for Apple, whereas Microsoft wants you to do everything on your tablet but hasn’t quite separated itself from the old, PC way of doing things with a pointer yet.

A long road ahead

Even though we’ve had a glimpse of the new Office, it’s doubtful that any of these drastic changes could begin until Microsoft ships Windows 9. By then, I would expect that Microsoft will have killed the desktop on tablets, but I’m not sure it’ll include Office for free, instead likely opting to offer it as a subscription service through Office365.

There’s a lot of potential for Windows tablets ahead, but Microsoft needs to play its cards better than it is now. Instead of going after the dying PC market, it should allure people to its devices by pitching them as a replacement for your laptop that isn’t a laptop. Instead, it’s a tablet that can do everything, without the baggage of being a “PC.”

Right now, Microsoft is convinced that the tablet is essentially a laptop in a different form factor, but it’s wrong. If it can’t bring itself to stop pushing this agenda, its tablet strategy might just be doomed. If it can, however, kill the desktop and all the complexity that comes with being a full PC and focus on just the tablet part, it might just win over consumers.




TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: microsoft; windows

1 posted on 05/26/2014 5:02:39 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

5. Stop trying to look like Apple.


2 posted on 05/26/2014 5:07:42 PM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: SeekAndFind

Stop it from crashing ...for starters.


3 posted on 05/26/2014 5:08:02 PM PDT by Eddie01 (Liberals lie about everything all the time.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Go back to DOS.


4 posted on 05/26/2014 5:08:29 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Advise the free market beneficiary CEO to stop sponsoring communism.


5 posted on 05/26/2014 5:10:56 PM PDT by Eddie01 (Liberals lie about everything all the time.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The tablet and phone operating systems (Windows Phone OS and Windows RT) should LONG LONG ago have become ONE unified OS. They keep saying they’ll do it but it’s YEARS late.

I don’t hate the idea of MS having apps, but there should just be MS APPS! Exact same app on phone, tablet and if you choose to fire it up on your desktop ok!

Just doing this, and only this, will fix almost everything wrong with their market placement.

Then they can focus on making the desktop a better DESKTOP and separately focus on making their apps work on and integrate with everything INCLUDING OPTIONALLY THE DESKTOP.

How hard can it be after this many years?

I like Windows 8. I’m one of the few. But they need to push the desktop as “it can also run apps if you need it to.” Not “you all need to be running apps.”

If they focused on the first instead of the second, they’d murder Google and Apple in the blink of an eye.


6 posted on 05/26/2014 5:17:20 PM PDT by Advil000
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To: SeekAndFind

Microsoft is the GM of software.

I carefully avoid both in my quest for things that work.


7 posted on 05/26/2014 5:18:38 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: SeekAndFind
Windows XP was the greatest OS ever devised.

What Microsoft should have done was kept it, and made it available as an OS for those with little or no computer experience, and bundled a free version of the Office suite with it.

Instead, they rushed out Vista, which was pure crap.

8 posted on 05/26/2014 5:19:37 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (100% pure organic, free-range conservative)
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To: SeekAndFind

In the heyday of IBM - say the 1960s customers paid millions for hardware (mainframe hardware generally) and the software was sort of thrown in for free.

Then came the 1980s and MS’s heyday and they realized that the hardware was relatively cheap and now the real money was to be made in software. And MS made truckloads. And IBM suffered.

Now fast-forward to the 2010’s and the business model has again shifted. Money is now being made in “apps”, in “eyeballs”, “clicks”, and in some cases by selling specialized hardware that fills a niche like phones, tablets, game consoles and the like. Or in some cases by selling an integrated HW/SW experience as in Apple.

Just like IBM before them MS is fighting a paradigm shift and a tweak of their UI or their pricing is not going to be enough to change this trend. Nobody wants to fork over big $$$ for either just an OS or for an office suite. And moreover, the culture in Redmond is apparently not good - because the Microsofties have read the writing on the wall.


9 posted on 05/26/2014 5:19:48 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: SeekAndFind

Figure out how to disconnect a USB hard disk. Most thumb drives can be ejected most of the time, but I have rarely had that work on an actual USB hard drive. Sometimes by killing windows explorer I can get it to let go of the drive, but other times I just have to pull the cable and hope nothing crashes. Even if I have nothing else using the drive, Windows will grab hold of it and not let go.


10 posted on 05/26/2014 5:21:19 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Good article actually. I got to play with a Surface last week. My son was given one by his boss cause he hated it. I could see why after playing with it for a couple hours.


11 posted on 05/26/2014 5:23:50 PM PDT by tje
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To: SeekAndFind

A good, well-reasoned analysis. In the end, I think M$ is going to have to decide whether it’s going to be a hardware company, a software company, or like Apple, a content-experience delivery company that happens to do both. Apple can give away software if it wants to, as an enabler to making money in one of the other two ways. M$ is still clinging to the old model which between linux and Android, will take them into the death spiral in the end.


12 posted on 05/26/2014 5:24:40 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Hoodat

Win 8.1 and Microsoft have some problems but ain’t one of them.


13 posted on 05/26/2014 5:24:46 PM PDT by dangerdoc
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To: SeekAndFind

Offer a supported XP. I would gladly pay an annual fee to keep operating XP safely rather than continue to struggle with the 8.1 nightmare. I’d even remove 8.1 and put XP on my new computer.


14 posted on 05/26/2014 5:40:32 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: SeekAndFind
2. Make Windows for tablets free

3. Release touch-first Office, bundle it

IOW, give away your product. No can do.

Apple can do it - because it sells the hardware. Recommendations 2 and 3 can only be done by a hardware vendor. If so, MS will be operating on AAPL’s business model rather than its own.


15 posted on 05/26/2014 5:54:19 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion ("Liberalism” is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Liquidate


16 posted on 05/26/2014 5:55:14 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (Had ENOUGH Yet ? ........................ Enforce the Bill of Rights ......... It's the LAW !!!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
From ZDNet: Registry hack enables continued updates for Windows XP

Get continued updates from Microsoft until 2019.

17 posted on 05/26/2014 6:00:19 PM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: Eddie01

probably boots to the Blue Screen of Death


18 posted on 05/26/2014 6:02:21 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Proud2BeRight

You can still get computers running Win 7 which will run all your XP apps.


19 posted on 05/26/2014 6:07:43 PM PDT by angry elephant (Endangered species in Seattle)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

The they rushed out Win 8, which made Vista seem almost useable.


20 posted on 05/26/2014 6:08:52 PM PDT by matt04
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Windows is free on phones and tablets under 9 inches. It previously cost from $5 to $15 per device.


21 posted on 05/26/2014 6:16:54 PM PDT by JoeRed
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To: JoeRed

Can someone explain to me, a novice, “removing the desktop?”


22 posted on 05/26/2014 6:18:51 PM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Instead, they rushed out Vista, which was pure crap.

Everything MS has done after XP except for W-7 has been pure crap. They should go back to what they did best. Designing functional easy to understand and use OS for personal use, business and medical sector, and government. XP's longevity is a testimony as to what they could do right. W8, VISTA, ME, have been such for what they have done wrong.

Maybe everyone doesn't want their tablet, phone, desktop, etc chatting with MS. Maybe just maybe as well many people do not trust CLOUD Storage for many good reason including privacy.

They fail to realize they could have tweaked XP, re-released it and made a fortune. The jump from XP to W8 for most is by no means pleasant nor easy. Many I bet would have rather paid about a $150 licensing fee to continue XP support.

23 posted on 05/26/2014 6:22:20 PM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: Proud2BeRight
Offer a supported XP. I would gladly pay an annual fee to keep operating XP safely rather than continue to struggle with the 8.1 nightmare. I’d even remove 8.1 and put XP on my new computer.

I would to. For users who live in rural communities relying on Dial Up W-8 is a 100% nightmare even with as many of the SYNC features turned off and set on metered usage. The computer still has to call home {MS} and it can be anywhere from 10MB-60MB rendering the desktop useless until THEY GET FINISHED USING YOUR COMPUTER. XP did not have these type of issues.

24 posted on 05/26/2014 6:30:42 PM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: All

windows 8 stinks. If I wanted a large phone interface, I would have purchased a phone. I wanted a computer that acts like a computer, not a large phone and what we have is a half-a$$ed handheld device loaded with useless apps and without solitaire.


25 posted on 05/26/2014 6:31:40 PM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

XP was hardly the greatest. It had significant memory restrictions.


26 posted on 05/26/2014 6:36:14 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: cva66snipe

The dial-up issue is one I was not even aware of. I suppose I’m still not that aware of how much Microsoft has a leash on my new computer. I see the DSL modem flashing but didn’t know why.


27 posted on 05/26/2014 6:51:25 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: morphing libertarian

The desktop is basically the main screen from where you can click shortcut icons the start button or items on the quick launch bar at the bottom of the screen. Windows 8 now boots to a different screen called the metro screen where you launch “metro apps” as opposed to the older “legacy applications.” You can still access the desktop by clicking the desktop icon in the metro interface. Clear as mud, huh?


28 posted on 05/26/2014 7:04:47 PM PDT by JoeRed
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To: JoeRed

thanx got it


29 posted on 05/26/2014 7:07:38 PM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: morphing libertarian

The “new desktop” will be covered by peanut butter & jelly and grease from that sandwich and pizza you are eating as you tap tap tap the screen.

Maybe the next innovation should be monitor wipers....
http://www.worth1000.com/entries/214521/automatic-monitor-cleaner-amc

New keyboard
http://www.worth1000.com/entries/214614/cubed-keyboard


30 posted on 05/26/2014 7:19:09 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: Proud2BeRight

I use XP, Xubuntu and W/8. Thank God for all. But what you need for the latter is classic shell. http://www.classicshell.net/downloads/


31 posted on 05/26/2014 8:16:52 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: Kirkwood; cva66snipe
XP was hardly the greatest. It had significant memory restrictions

At the time, yes. You don't think Microsoft could have added more memory and continued to sell XP as a basic OS version for those who don't want the bells and whistles?

The beauty of XP is that it never crashed. It was cut-and-dried. It had no bloatware and had its own firewall.

32 posted on 05/26/2014 8:32:35 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (100% pure organic, free-range conservative)
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To: daniel1212

I also use XP, Ubuntu, and Wary Puppy on a travel laptop. I really like the Linux products the more I use them.


33 posted on 05/26/2014 8:36:00 PM PDT by yadent
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To: SeekAndFind

This is the age of devices, as evidenced by going to any public place and seeing people passing time using digital pacifiers in the form of smartphones and tablets. Everywhere you look, someone will be communicating over the net with one. It’s a multi-trillion dollar market segment. Microsoft should get a clue that absolutely nobody is using a Microsoft product to do any of this. No. Bod. Dee.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever seen a human being using a Windows phone or a Surface tablet in public with your own eyes. See? Nobody raised their hands.

Microsoft responds to this by announcing the Q4 2015 release of Windows 10.2.a Service Pack 3 for big rectangular sheet metal home desktop Grandpa boxes. You know, the machines you need to burn all your CD-ROMs on. It’ll only cost $199.00 every year of so, assuming you only need the ‘Home’ version that is.

Hysterical and sad.


34 posted on 05/26/2014 8:36:46 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: KarlInOhio
Even if I have nothing else using the drive, Windows will grab hold of it and not let go.

I see this happen all the time myself, and the only fix I've found is shutting the machine down (Win7)

Mark

35 posted on 05/26/2014 8:42:17 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
Actually, either of the 2 items listed, the free OS or bundled office, would never be allowed by the government. Remember how they went after MS because of IE?

Mark

36 posted on 05/26/2014 8:44:12 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: daniel1212

I have added classic shell to 8.1 and it helps. I still use my XP machine for most non-internet stuff because it works so great there and may or may not work on 8.1 and everything I try to duplicate, configure or do on 8.1 has big cans of worms. I’ve never heard of Xubuntu before.


37 posted on 05/26/2014 8:45:38 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: Proud2BeRight
The dial-up issue is one I was not even aware of. I suppose I’m still not that aware of how much Microsoft has a leash on my new computer. I see the DSL modem flashing but didn’t know why.

Some of it is legit like Anti Virus program some can be automatic updates which I never allow. A lot of it is the computer talking to someone. On Dial up I can check my incoming and outgoing. Outgoing should not exceed incoming on dial up unless you yourself are doing something like sending e mail. I locks my computer up. I can't go on any sites until it finishes uploading. Whatever it is MS has given that communication priority it seems either that or it's a DELL issue.

I've turned off all I can and Task Manager will not show me what program is doing this. I'm assuming it's CLOUD maybe someone else knows. It's like a 2-3 time a week ordeal the computer has to update someone on what's on my computer.

Next issue for Dial Up users with W8 is their Mega Updates. Like the recent almost 900MB one that as far as I can see did nothing. I'd gladly pay for a new XP format, XP simplicity OS again.

38 posted on 05/26/2014 8:48:25 PM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: cva66snipe
Most XP systems simply aren't capable of working with Windows 8 without replacing at least some hardware. I'm not looking forward to moving from XP to Win7, but I guess I may need to do it.

Mark

39 posted on 05/26/2014 8:50:31 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Before MSFT can fix anything, the author of this piece should fix the grammatically incorrect heading.


40 posted on 05/26/2014 9:07:32 PM PDT by Finalmente
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
At the time, yes. You don't think Microsoft could have added more memory and continued to sell XP as a basic OS version for those who don't want the bells and whistles? The beauty of XP is that it never crashed. It was cut-and-dried. It had no bloatware and had its own firewall.

Yes, it was a simple OS anyone could adapt too very fast who had used w/98. A night or two and I had XP the configuration I wanted. I'm two months with W8 and I don't care a bit for it. They keep pushing tablets. What about persons who need larger screens to see what we are reading?

41 posted on 05/26/2014 9:10:04 PM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: Da Coyote

Microsoft is the GM of software.
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Microsoft is the Computer Associates of pc software.


42 posted on 05/26/2014 9:10:52 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: matt04

The they rushed out Win 8, which made Vista seem almost useable.
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Vista IS windows 7 ,,, Vista “Business” = Good , Vista “Home” = problematic/crippleware

Windows 7 IS really Windows 7.1 (or Vista.1) , good product

Windows 8 is 7.1+gingerbread ...

How hard is it to fiddle with a piece of software that has been basically unchanged for 13 years without ruining it?


43 posted on 05/26/2014 9:16:59 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: yadent; Proud2BeRight
I also use XP, Ubuntu, and Wary Puppy on a travel laptop. I really like the Linux products the more I use them.

I just installed Xubuntu as the best Linux for older hardware, as a dual boot for XP. But having tried every major Linux distro, i would not recommend any unless you just want it for basic use, due the learning curve often needed to get the same functionality of Windows, and limited software. And many multimedia codecs are not legal in the US

44 posted on 05/26/2014 9:48:26 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: SeekAndFind

#1 — Provide the first formally verified consumer OS.
#2 — Provide formally verified compilers for said OS.
#3 — Stop the focus on ‘looks’ and go with quality; see numbers 1 & 2.
#4 — Provide verified libraries for cryptography and security.

#4 in particular should *not* be produced in C (or a C-like language), but instead in something where correctness and maintainability were design-goals of the language. (Ada and Eiffel are the ONLY two languages I know of that have ‘maintainability’ as a design goal; and both have correctness as a design-goal as well.)


45 posted on 05/26/2014 9:56:52 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Neidermeyer

The biggest problem I encountered with Vista was the permissions crap that prevented many XP-compatible products from installing correctly. The problem wasn’t in running the older programs themselves, but in running the installation program. This made a lot of very expensive software totally useless unless you could find a hack to make it install. Fortunately Win 7 fixed a lot of the permissions issues.


46 posted on 05/26/2014 11:40:53 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: KarlInOhio

I put them in and take them out again without using a “release” all the time...system never crashes. Yet issues with poorly grounded systems might cause crashes when the electrical contacts between the USB HD and the computer are interrupted. Make sure that the computer USB configurator is set to deliver the power needed to your HD. Some ports may be set to deliver a smaller current to operate a thumb drive and you may need a port set to deliver higher operating current to your HD.


47 posted on 05/27/2014 12:53:29 AM PDT by mdmathis6
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To: Kirkwood

I have a copy of xp64. Not so bad in that regard.


48 posted on 05/27/2014 4:23:08 AM PDT by ImaGraftedBranch (...By reading this, you've collapsed my wave function. Thanks.)
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To: Kirkwood

I have a copy of xp64. Not so bad in that regard.


49 posted on 05/27/2014 4:23:08 AM PDT by ImaGraftedBranch (...By reading this, you've collapsed my wave function. Thanks.)
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