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Best new feature(s) in Windows 8.1 so far (IMO)

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#1 Ice_Blue

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 17:44

... Will be the ability to sort apps by name, installation date and most importantly, most used.

This means that my most frequently used apps will always be readily accessible.
I can't remember if this was the case with the start menu, but that's not the point. I use Windows 8 now.

Also, displaying search queries inside the Charms menu instead of a different screen altogether is a nice improvement.

All of the other improvements are icing on the cake.

The UI of the leaked build also seems to be snappier than my regular Windows 8 Pro.


#2 firey

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 18:58

Yes, Window 7, and for that matter XP and Vista show recently/commonly used apps in the start menu upon click. In order of use but you can also pin commonly used to the top.

I think the best potential feature is boot right to desktop.

#3 OP Ice_Blue

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 19:05

Yes, Window 7, and for that matter XP and Vista show recently/commonly used apps in the start menu upon click. In order of use but you can also pin commonly used to the top.

I think the best potential feature is boot right to desktop.


I agree. Boot to desktop would be nice.

#4 BoDEAN

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 13:45

I agree. Boot to desktop would be nice.


If you search the web, you will find that there are ways to already do this, so having this feature really isn't that important anymore for users (as you can already do it)

#5 ahhell

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 14:02

The best feature will be the one that gets people to stop whining incessantly about Windows 8.

#6 Nick H.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 14:20

The best feature will be the one that gets people to stop whining incessantly about Windows 8.


That will only happen if Microsoft listen to the users and make the changes that people are asking for.

#7 mmjm

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 14:23

yeah I've been wanting a most used feature in the start screen. There was one in the old start menu which is how I used it. Only had IE and Chrome pinned and the rest was most recently used programs

The best feature will be the one that gets people to stop whining incessantly about Windows 8.

^this

#8 Don't Feed the Wolfie

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 14:25

The best feature will be the one that gets people to stop whining incessantly about Windows 8.


i'd be happy to try windows 8.1 if they fix all the plain stupid design "choices" they made

#9 PGHammer

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 14:55

That will only happen if Microsoft listen to the users and make the changes that people are asking for.


And the most asked for feature (that doesn't already exist in Windows 7, which hasn't gone away) is what?

Yes - that's a serious question.

Could it be that the most wanted feature from a BUYER'S standpoint is one that Microsoft can't give them - lower hardware prices?

It isn't that Windows 8 upgrades aren't selling - all the numbers on the upgrade run rate for 8 are higher than the same numbers were for 7.

What isn't selling all that much is new PC hardware; however, what OS is on it hasn't mattered.

What IS selling are tablets and slates, which cost less - and often MUCH less - than full desktop PCs.

Those griping about 8 are apparently soundly in the same group of folks that would rather do nothing, even though most of them are aware that doing nothing WILL lead to obsolescence; they don't care about that.

#10 Nick H.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 15:09

And the most asked for feature (that doesn't already exist in Windows 7, which hasn't gone away) is what?


I don't know as I've stopped paying attention to Windows 8 really. My comment wasn't meant one way or the other, it was just pointing out the logic that if the people complaining don't get what they want then they will continue to complain.

#11 BillyJack

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 15:55

I don't like it when I plug in my phone and the app for the phone opens up. Just because I plug in my phone does not mean I want to use the phone app. This is a pain when I am developing and the stupid app takes me away from what I am doing.

It would be nice to get rid of apps from the history of my apps. If I try out an app and don't care for it and then remove it, it still shows up in the list of your apps. I don't want it or to see it ever again.

Auto update downloads the updates and waits to install it and wants to reboot but I might not want to reboot. After a while it forces a reboot even if you do not want to reboot yet.

Sometimes in the morning I find my computer running. I assume it is because Windows check for updates and failed to go back to sleep.

#12 +Quillz

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 03:17

I don't know as I've stopped paying attention to Windows 8 really. My comment wasn't meant one way or the other, it was just pointing out the logic that if the people complaining don't get what they want then they will continue to complain.

Most of the people complaining are the same ones who complained about Windows Vista without having actually used it, they just believed all the FUD Apple spread in their awful commercials.