The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: Windows 8 to look more and more like Windows 7

By | April 5, 2014
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Windows 8.1 Update 1 Coming April 8, 2014
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On the day Windows XP dies, Microsoft will release Windows 8.1 Update 1 which will make Windows 8 more like the operating system it just laid to rest. Interesting.

While Windows 8.1 Update 1 won’t have a start menu, it will have a lot of updates geared toward those who prefer to use a mouse and keyboard – and those who don’t have touchscreen computers and have to use a mouse and a keyboard.

Windows 8.1 Update 1 (why don’t they just call it Windows 8.2?) will feature dedicated power and search buttons on the Start screen. For those using the desktop and a mouse and keyboard, Windows 8.1 Update 1 brings new right-click context menus, and desktop users will be able to pin Modern (Metro) apps to the taskbar. More good news if you’re a desktop user: you’ll actually be able close apps or switch between apps easily – for those who haven’t used Windows 8x apps currently have no “X”, taskbar, title bar or any other obvious way to close them, so adding a title bar and a taskbar to “Modern” apps will be greatly appreciated by those who use a mouse and keyboard.

It is interesting that on the day Microsoft kills off the most loved Windows of all, it is slowly dismantling its least-loved Windows of all to make it more like Windows XP — and the best is yet to come.

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At a recent developer’s conference, Microsoft presented attendees with a sneak peak at a future update for Windows 8x that will bring back the Start Menu. In the screen shot above, you can see the changes coming to Windows 8x including the new start menu. You’ll notice that the new Windows 8x start menu looks very much like the Windows 7 start menu, except that the Windows 8x start menu will also show “Live tiles” alongside desktop apps. The update will also make it possible to run “Modern apps” on the desktop. Microsoft said this future update will be available later this year.

So Microsoft spent years developing Windows 8 and now it’s spending months and months tearing it down and rebuilding it to make Windows 8x more like Windows XP and Windows 7. This kind of tells you what we all already know: Don’t mess with success.

2 thoughts on “The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: Windows 8 to look more and more like Windows 7

  1. Ken Roberts

    Now if they would only get off the cloud kick and allow us to pick what we want .

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  2. Patty Baum

    As a person who just got on the computer for fun to relax I must say windows 8 has put a stop to that. I loved my Photoshop program and use to spend hours just making graphics and fixing or enhancing pictures well now I can’t do that because windows 8 WILL NOT let me see the images called tubes . If I can’t open a page of tubes I can’t pick the images I want to use to make my graphics or add to a picture. Don’t say download 8.1 either because my friend did and it screwed up everything she had worked to learn the last few month SOOOO I’ll pass thank you. I only get on here to read my mail . It’s no longer an enjoyment to use the computer. And it was the only enjoyment I had left….now I just get a headache when I get on here

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