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#1 Ian W

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 04:43

Hopefully this topic doesn't fly south like my last one did.

Do any of you have a favorite Windows 8 or (Windows 8.1) feature? One of my favorite features is the new Win + Prt Scrn keyboard shortcut that captures an image of your screen and saves it to your Pictures Library. I do wish for a shortcut that only takes a screenshot of an active application window, though.

The Ribbon interface in Explorer is something that I wish Windows 7 offered as an optional feature.

I do like the ability to snap Metro applications; while this is, to my knowledge, unique for a tablet interface, an identical feature has existed since Windows 1.0.

I am also very fond of the new notifications, particularly the toasts. My only regret is that Windows 8 lacks a notification archive (such a feature was planned for "Longhorn").

Badge notification

Tile notification

Toast notification

#2 myxomatosis


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Posted 07 October 2013 - 05:08

"Go to the desktop instead of Start when I sign in"

#3 +Ian S.

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 05:11

The ability to use touch naturally like rearranging tiles with 2 hands, one holding the tile and the other scrolling the start screen.


My most missed feature is not the start menu, but jumplists they should add it back when you right click or long press a tile.

#4 articuno1au


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Posted 07 October 2013 - 05:12

The unending angst it causes with people who ought know better..


But seriously, I love the tiles. I find them unendingly useful for getting info fast >.<

#5 Stoffel


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Posted 07 October 2013 - 05:16

I really enjoy IE 10/11 Metro on a touch screen.

Wonderful browsing experience.

#6 PGHammer


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Posted 11 October 2013 - 04:06

PowerTask (the right-click power-users' shortcut list) - it was solid in Windows 8; however, with Windows 8.1, it got better.

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 04:18

The desktop on my laptop and the start screen & apps on my tablet. I do like the new overhauled menus, the new task manager and the improved speed in windows 8. When I dock my Asus tf600t tablet to the keyboard dock I use the desktop part of Windows 8 RT, and when undocked I use the modern part of it. Windows 8 is a marked advancement over windows 7, but I still like Windows 7 more, because of the UI consistency on the desktop.

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 04:35

Mount ISO files.

#9 vcfan


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Posted 11 October 2013 - 04:41

Snap View is probably the greatest feature ever

#10 dr_crabman



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Posted 12 October 2013 - 13:41

Higher framerate in Battlefield 4. I'm not even kidding and hope more games run better on W8.