adrynalyne, on 18 April 2013 - 16:01, said:
I just uninstalled EVERY modern app I could and use it as a start page for desktop apps.
Definitely not how Microsoft envisioned their OS to be used, I am sure. However, I made it work for me.
Actually, this works in the right situation. Surface Pro's big hit with very non-technical politicos accessing SharePoint based Agenda System from home and on-site. Much easier than the various Win 7 methods, plus tablet form factor.
The big blocks on Start Page grouped can do wonders for the illiterate, who aren't so illiterate with the Start Page. No offense to anyone, but clearly that's the primary market as far as desktop goes.
First group just two tiles = System X @ HOME and System X @ WORK
Access same SharePoint system direct and through remote app shortcut. PDF based documents using NitroPDF Free is natural for them when viewing/annotating on tablet in Portrait orientation. These are VIPs so it cuts down on support of the old way, even how to I get to ????? again.
It does switch to Desktop for the reader and remote app browser but it doesn't bother them as they haven't become accustomed to anything. Being able to say if you get lost, hit the Windows logo and start over (not really) at the Start Page and look for those two big tiles.
Second Group Office Suite w/One Note. Working very well. In fact, this alone will help get Google out of our rear-ends (though we are now heterogeneous with regards to BYOD, thanks a lot MS) as these are the types of executives Google courts.
GreyWolf, on 18 April 2013 - 16:23, said:
My killer app: make the media apps at least as useful as the Zune software, which I thought was kinda inadequate, too.
Agree 100%. Zune was better than anything else on the platform, but I never felt it's usability was up to iTunes, oddly, as iTunes has copied the Metro UI, to its detriment, Zune is now more usable IMO. Just worthless for a Windows Phone 8.