Toshiba Windows 8 PCs get their own "Desktop Assist Program"

Toshiba has announced it is now taking pre-orders for its lineup of Windows 8-based PCs and, much like Samsung announced earlier this week, people who buy PCs from Toshiba will be able to get a program that will serve as an alternative to the Start screen for the "Modern" user interface.

Unlike Samsung, which will provide its S Launcher software as an optional download for its Windows 8 products, Toshiba says it will pre-install what it calls the Toshiba Desktop Assist program on all of its Windows 8 products. Toshiba says it is " ... a utility designed to give users easy access to their programs, control panel, as well as files and folders, similar to the Start Menu in previous versions of Windows."

Toshiba also announced its Windows 8 PCs will have three other Windows 8 based apps installed on their new PCs. The company said of the apps.

Toshiba Central provides easy access to the user guide, support information, how-to videos and more. Toshiba Book Place is an e-book reader and marketplace with access to millions of titles. Toshiba News Place provides an easily accessible and graphical news aggregator.

The company has a boatload of Windows 8 PCs already available for pre-order, including all-in-one PCs, many laptops and the Toshiba Satellite U925T notebook-tablet hybrid, shown above. All of them are available for shipment on the Windows 8 launch date of October 26th.

Source: Toshiba press release | Image via Toshiba

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Time to go to a Mac. At least it's new UI (Mission Control & App Launcher) is not forced upon you. And have 1 billion "start menu" alternatives popping out like it is New Years...

NeoPogo said,
Time to go to a Mac. At least it's new UI (Mission Control & App Launcher) is not forced upon you. And have 1 billion "start menu" alternatives popping out like it is New Years...

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the App Launch Pad (http://www.freakgeeks.com/wp-c...pple_mac_os_x_launchpad.jpg) is soon gonna take over just like the Start Screen.

They removed the Applications folder from the Dock in OS X, I mean you could put it back but you see what they're trying to do? They introduced the App Launch Pad. Idk if they plan on taking the Dock away eventually... but the way I see it, the Dock = the Taskbar along with the applications pinned to it. And the App Launch Pad = Start Screen.

Same **** but people don't whine about change in OS X.

It's nice of Toshiba, but it won't be enough to save windows 8 from epic failure...each vendor will have a different way of doing this which will create a cluster ... think about it for a min...they are scared to death of people rejecting their products because of MS's arrogance ...what a nightmare for us support people... just wait tillt he windows 8 centered malware comes into play... can't wait to see the first system with live tiles that show porn images...

rhianntp said,
It's nice of Toshiba, but it won't be enough to save windows 8 from epic failure...each vendor will have a different way of doing this which will create a cluster ... think about it for a min...they are scared to death of people rejecting their products because of MS's arrogance ...what a nightmare for us support people... just wait tillt he windows 8 centered malware comes into play... can't wait to see the first system with live tiles that show porn images...
Yeah, cos OEMs have not preinstalled third-party software on their devices before... oh wait!

These will only hold people back, forcing them to rely on these crutches. Just put down your freaking pride stick and get used to Windows 8, and your life will be easier and better for it!

I'm ok if these assistants momentarily help the user learn how to use the system the right way. I'm worried they'll become a crutch and people will become paralyzed should their machine be wiped or whatever. Just learn it how it is and it's all fine.

I don't know how the programs work but they seem to replace the start screen with a faux start button? Anything that inhibits the user getting to the Windows Store is going to raise eyebrows at MS.

Simple solution is the logo program.
Refuse to give premium 'for windows 8' logo to systems with these alternatives.

I will give these companies some credit. they are trying to fix a gap of a perceived problem.

Much better than the pre-Modern fullscreen launcher that HP included in their Win7 touch systems.

For the record, every OEM, always install crapware on every PC that they sold. This is no different, MS can't do a thing about it. Android is the same way by installing crap.

MS did advertise on the Microsoft store that no bloatware if PC is bought from there. RT is suppose to fix that

So the Windows 8 fanboys were wrong all along when we said it was too much of a change for the average user?

I suppose all these massive companies, with massive brains in massive departments are wrong too?

This OS will flop.

Nashy said,
So the Windows 8 fanboys were wrong all along when we said it was too much of a change for the average user?

I suppose all these massive companies, with massive brains in massive departments are wrong too?

This OS will flop.


It's not about whether it's too much change for the average user; it's whether the new way is better or not, which it is in my opinion.

If average users can't handle this change and it's "too much" for them, that is entirely their fault, and I'm glad Microsoft aren't harming my user experience just to cater to those people who can't be bothered to understand or learn a new interface.

Remember, you're talking about it being "too much" change for average users, rather than merely if they'll like it or not.

Nashy said,
So the Windows 8 fanboys were wrong all along when we said it was too much of a change for the average user?

I suppose all these massive companies, with massive brains in massive departments are wrong too?

This OS will flop.

Like this, yes.

Nashy said,
So the Windows 8 fanboys were wrong all along when we said it was too much of a change for the average user?

I suppose all these massive companies, with massive brains in massive departments are wrong too?

This OS will flop.

of course it wil flop, mobile gui in desktop or laptop has no future

Calum said,

Its not about whether its too much change for the average user

If average users cant handle this change and its too much for them, that is entirely their fault...

haha yes great business model

/s

Sonne said,

haha yes great business model

/s


I didn't suggest it was a good business model. I'm just glad Microsoft are doing it. It's very likely that most users will stay with Windows, even if they don't like Windows 8. Most users aren't going to pay much more money just to switch to a Mac, and eventually they'll probably get used to Windows 8, like they got used to everything else.

Dot Matrix said,

Is that why it's the number one seller on Amazon?

because its cheap right now, and many people don't know what they are buying. they think it will be like windows 7, windows 7 reassured people about windows again after vista flop.

nekrosoft13 said,

because its cheap right now, and many people don't know what they are buying. they think it will be like windows 7, windows 7 reassured people about windows again after vista flop.

And you have personally interviewed all these people?

Jaybonaut said,
I hope Microsoft is paying attention to all this.

Yes, me too. So they can start to restrict the kind of crap OEMs install on people's computers. . . .

Calum said,

Yes, me too. So they can start to restrict the kind of crap OEMs install on people's computers. . . .

Yeah, because that's of course what I must have meant, right? ugh...

Microsoft needs to put more effort into training its users how to interact with the new Desktop better. I too was frustrated at first but now that I've adapted I have no problem using my Desktop. It isn't obvious enough the way it is now.

Users need to be aware of Charms and know they are application specific. They should pin most used Desktop programs to the task bar. There needs to be some indication to let the user know they can just begin typing to search for anything. It isn't obvious that you can do this.

With all that said I personally love Windows 8.

jordanspringer said,
Microsoft needs to put more effort into training its users how to interact with the new Desktop better. I too was frustrated at first but now that I've adapted I have no problem using my Desktop. It isn't obvious enough the way it is now.

Users need to be aware of Charms and know they are application specific. They should pin most used Desktop programs to the task bar. There needs to be some indication to let the user know they can just begin typing to search for anything. It isn't obvious that you can do this.

With all that said I personally love Windows 8.

I agree. When I first installed the RTM, I was really surprised by how little guidance there was.

I wonder if the system refresh image will dump all the OEM stuff, that would be really cool and take like 8 minutes. I'll have to try that out on my first Toshiba install. Lets see, Toshibas crapware # is 22 on Win7 PC's, I'll have to get the useless utility crapware count on 8 and then see if the system refresh cures it.

nvllsvm said,
This is going to get ugly. There will be so much inconsistency.

It's going to turn into Android or Linux where everything is done differently which creates in-cohesion within the community.

nvllsvm said,
This is going to get ugly. There will be so much inconsistency.

and MS is the only one to fault, they ****ed up wiindows, other companies are trying to fix it, so the general user can actually use it

nekrosoft13 said,

and MS is the only one to fault, they ****ed up wiindows, other companies are trying to fix it, so the general user can actually use it

Not it's because of people not willing to change and adapt to a new paradigm. The new Start Screen is worlds better than the Start Menu for the average consumer. I was skeptical until I used it for several months as I have been doing.

nekrosoft13 said,

and MS is the only one to fault, they ****ed up wiindows, other companies are trying to fix it, so the general user can actually use it

They did not **** up Windows. I've beena ble to use it perfectly fine, and in stock condition for the past year. If I can use it, so can you.

Sekyal said,

Not it's because of people not willing to change and adapt to a new paradigm. The new Start Screen is worlds better than the Start Menu for the average consumer. I was skeptical until I used it for several months as I have been doing.

only reason they are forcing the start screen is in hopes to aid sales of their windows phone devices. if they force millions of people to use metro, maybe those people will buy the windows phone. right now windows phone has a pathetic market share.

start memu is like a wheel, it worked great, didn't cover up entire screen (or multiple screen) it didn't have to be reinvented.