10 Top Windows 8 Apps

aNewDomain.net — Using Windows 8 apps is a first for many of us. Yet these tiny programs can be very beneficial and can greatly enhance your computing experience. Here are my top ten Windows 8 apps.

  1.  Jujuba’s free Clock app

Microsoft didn’t include a clock in the Windows 8 Metro desktop, and many people miss it. I like this one because it’s a live tile that shows both the date and time. When open, it gives you a large analog clock and calendar.

Clock App

  1. News Bento

This news app offers a great Windows 8 app experience. You can select from its growing list of news sources or add an RSS feed from any website. Bento’s news articles expand to fill the screen making them easily readable and you can use the Share charm to share articles.

3.         Skype app

Compare the Skype app to the Skype traditional experience and you will immediately see a cleaner and more usable interface. It syncs with the contacts in your People hub and gives you notifications even when you are in another app.

4.         Fresh Paint

This app will bring out your creativity. It really shines on a touch screen, but is also quite usable with a mouse. Choose your canvas, brush, and color. Then start having fun. You can even draw on a picture from your hard drive or one taken with your webcam.

5.         Tool Box

This versatile app gives you the ability to perform six different tasks. It functions as a clock, calculator, takes voice notes, shows the weather, and has Facebook integration. It even lets you doodle during a boring meeting. You can choose different layouts and can show up to six tools at one.

toolbox

6.         Google Search

While the built-in Bing Search app is very good, many of us want another option. That’s where the Google Search app comes in. This app gives you a full web experience with an excellent interface. It also gives you easy access to all of Google’s services, many of which don’t have apps.

7.         Evernote

Evernote is the perfect gathering point for information. Whether you are doing serious research or coordinating a home project, it will let you make notes, save scraps of information, and keep everything organized. It also keeps everything in sync between your desktop and mobile devices.

8.         IM+

Windows 8 comes with a Messaging app, but it only works with Facebook and Windows Live Messenger. If you have friends or relatives who use other chat interfaces, you need an app like this. IM+ supports Google Talk, AIM, Facebook, Jabber, ICQ, and Yahoo Messenger.

9.         Tasks

List makers will find this app full-featured. You can group items by categories and projects, prioritize tasks, define due dates, and add notes and pictures.

10.       Microsoft Solitaire Collection

Solitaire is the most played computer game of all time. This collection offers five variations including Klondike, FreeCell, Spider, TriPeaks, and Pyramid. It also has a variety of backgrounds and deck designs. You’ll never get bored!

solitaire

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  • Larry Thompson

    Have had Windows 8 now for three months. The worst piece of garbage I’ve ever encoutered. Everything is convuluted and extremely difficult. Support is non-existent.

    • Shawna

      I couldn’t agree with you more!! I absolutely HATE Windows 8.. Everythings behind each other and it’s the biggest pain ive dealt with since ever owning a computer!!! It’s VERY difficult!

    • Steve

      “Absolutely Hate” why? Everyone in my family uses Windows 8 Pro. I have not had one single system crash. Not one. The Desktop app works like previous versions of Windows. People make a big deal out of the fact that the Start Button is missing but why do you need it? Simply “Right Mouse” click where the Start Button was and you can access whatever you need. I Absolutely Love it! I stay in the “Metro” screen when enjoying a break and go to the Desktop app when working. If you’re easily frustrated or confused simply stay in the Desktop app and there is absolutely no difference in the windows experience.

      • Thatbankskid

        Umm yeah I dont see why everyone hates windows 8. Ive been using it since it came out and yeah it was frustrating to learn at first but now I love it. its so much quicker than 7 and i prefer it over IOS any day. I find the windows 8 display very attractive and pleasing to the eye. Everything is gonna have haters though i guess.

      • Jay

        I “hate” it because after months of use, I’m still missing a vital driver, Microsoft still hasn’t fixed the ongoing problem with power management (PC goes to sleep every sixty seconds following the first normal scheduled sleep cycle), the dynamic switching between metro and desktop when running apps is heinous, the app store is sorely lacking, I hate that I’m being forced to use my laptop like a tablet (why bother selling Surfaces if MS wants to force PCs to become tablets?), and Microsoft removed several key and formerly standard features like Media Player just so they could monetize them and resell them to users as apps. I’ve used Windows since version 3.1 but nowadays it’s “Hello OSX”, which is infinitely better than the FrankenOS steaming hot mess of an OS that Redmond dumped on us.

        • Steve

          You don’t “hate it” as much as you’re not very good with computers. I can see how a novice can become frustrated with a new operating system. Your computer company should be more proactive. I am using a laptop designed for Vista and I am not missing one single driver and my computer runs faster on Windows 8 than it did with Vista or Windows 7. The “Dynamic” switching is seamless between the Start Menu and the Desktop App. I don’t use the app store because I purchase the programs I use from the software vendors. I do however use many apps for playing games and they are awesome! Who is forcing you to use your computer like a tablet? I use my computer to work. I am in the Desktop App 90 percent of the time. Not once have I been forced by any unseen power or person to use my laptop in the Start menu screen as a tablet. I know that you don’t use Windows 8 because Windows Media Player come standard with Windows 8. If you really used Windows since 3.1 there is no way you could be so confused. I believe you are a Mac Fanboy! Go to Mac. Windows is for big boys!

          • Michael Echo

            Great come back Steve… I believe there are a lot of Win8 haters who are closet Mac followers… you can come out the closet now… WINDOWS 8 is here to stay and will continue to give the Mac World some good competition as long as the laptop producers keep producing great products… GO DELL! LOL!

          • Charlie

            You know just to touch on that, I would like to know how a Mac is any easier. I have a Windows 8 Enterprise and a Mac book pro. I hate that Mac. it really doesnt do anything better thats for sure. As a lifelong Windows user, I find the Mac interface incredibly more confusing than Windows 8. Now that I have my windows 8 tablet, my ipad is virtually useless. Unless you all you do is surf the web, read emails, and type a document here and there, a Mac simply doesnt cut it in the business world. Granted I am a little bias towards MS, but simply put a Mac just doesnt have the business features that even an XP machine has.

      • Pam

        I know I am not a very experienced person with computers but I have the problem of windows 8 freezing on me when I leave my system on and it goes to the screen saver. I also miss the transparent screen savers.

      • defacto6969

        And your statement says it all -
        ” I stay in the “Metro” screen when enjoying a break and go to the Desktop app when working. ” = Win 8 has a non productive UI in real world application.

    • Chad

      Good god haters in reality the usage pattern is the same as win 7. Here is my usage pattern… window key then start typing to find my app press enter and app opens. Desktop – window key plus ‘d’ for desktop. Pin my favorite desktop apps to the task bar.

      This is exactly how I used windows 7. People get so caught up in the visual differences that they don’t even realize they can use the OS in the same patterns that they used to. I was never a fan of browsing through the old start menu as well I am not a fan of browsing through the new tile screen. I prefer to keep my hands on the key board.

      Another thing to remember is that if you don’t like something about the OS chances are there are free utilities and widgets that developers have created to solve your issues. That’s the beauty of windows, millions of developers are supporting us.

      MS is taking huge leaps to try and bring all your computing needs to one device and they should be applauded for it. In addition they are making strides to bring user experiences that are the same across all their devices (PC, phone, tablet and Xbox) and close integration between them all. Being a user of all their products I have to say my experience has been great. I certainly have had my fair share of frustrations but I see constant improvements that are making by computing life better.

      • Dave

        Windows key and ‘d’ typing program names, sounds a lot like DOS to me

    • judy

      At least give us a start button back.

      • Charlie

        What about the Start button do you miss so much? Everything I ever used it for is right there in a right click where it used to be. Far superior to me.

  • rg47

    OneNote is much better solution than EverNote IMHO and it’s avaialable as a free Win8 app

    • Nicole_Smith

      I use OneNote a lot at work, but I tend to fall back on Evernote on my phone. Another Tech Page One team member has hundreds of items in Evernote. I’d say it depends on the use case. Nicole, Tech Page One Staff.

  • James Dean

    Great. It took less than a minute to set Skype on WIN 7 on Laptop. Faught with SKYPE on WIN 8 for 10 minutes to get the buy credits out of the way to video with wife. Please. Get off the Windows 8 love affair. Not everyone values an APP based on FACEBOOK or MYSPACE or FLICKR interactivity. Grow up.
    If Windows 8 APPS don’t do the job, no one will leave Apple.
    Have you noticed how when it comes to actually doing something like configuration or set up or management, WIN8 always returns to the desktop interface. I can’t help but believe that regardless of what MS says, 8 is really an overlay on 7. The Mail app is just as bad. Took forever to find print email. Still can’t make a decent connection to GMAIL, but it loves my hotmail account. Wait, it just required me to exit MAIL and brought up the browser to logon to Windows Live before I could send an email. It worked yesterday. This is FUN! Glad I’m an MCSE. This is the stuff that profitable IT businesses are made from. Don’t get me started on the dual boot with Windows 7, that’s a whole different ghost story.
    I love it on my Surface. Why didn’t they just put this out for the pads?

  • Ben

    For decades Microsoft has had multiple versions of their software. Mostly it’s been more features or less features in the different versions. I’ll never understand why they insisted on making a single Windows 8 instead of a version for touch machines and another for keyboard machines. To me that is a fundamental programming flaw and a big downside.

  • JDS

    For better or worse Microsoft feels that the future of consumer computing will be tablet/mobile based, not traditional desktop/keyboard based. This is why Win8 is so directly focused on mobile devices and only secondarily on the keyboard and mouse. You may disagree with that prediction, but it’s not a “programming flaw” as much as a possible error in long-term design philosophy.

    Besides as we all know there are plenty of people still using their XP and/or Win7 machines so this supposed transition to mobile computing is not going to happen overnight regardless. Obviously Microsoft would have plenty of time correct themselves if this market trend towards mobile computing somehow fizzles out in the next few years.

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  • John Olinger

    Haha. You know something is VERY WRONG when one of the top 10 apps for Windows 8 is a Clock. WTH? I’ve used Windows 8, but without a touch form factor, I see no reason to use it. And with Windows 8 devices still coming to market at high retail prices, I’m in no hurry.

  • Michele

    Tablets, and now Windows 8, in general, aren’t designed for BUSINESS. Business needs a “functioning” start button to access FILES, DATA, SOFTWARE, and DIFFERENT DRIVES. Apps are for PLAYING. Anybody who has a real life, and a real job doesn’t need an App – especially not for a d@mn clock.

    A tablet is the most expensive “dumb terminal” I’ve ever seen.

    For those of us who actually work all day, instead of playing on our phones, and now tablets, bring back our functionality and stop trying to shove new toys down our throat. If we actually had play time, it sure wouldn’t be to spend more time on a “computer”.

    • Jim

      http://www.classicshell.net

      Gives you a spyware free, and free start button and makes your Windows 8 computer useful again.

    • stan

      Michele- you obviously have never been to a tradeshow(medical in my case) or had a service tech come out to your house recently(AT&T for phone line repair). In both cases, the iPad is THE tool of choice for business.

      These are just 2 examples of legitimate business using tablets for productive, and vastly streamlined/simplified processes.

      Get with the times, tablets are here to stay and actually a very useful tool in the business world. Not so sure about MS tablets, but the iPad is great business tool.

  • Steve

    Michele of course Windows 8 is designed for business. That being said no business that is using proprietary software will immediately migrate to a new operating system. That is the main reason you still see companies using Windows XP. As an XP fan I can tell you that it doesn’t come close to Windows 8 in any category. I’ve been a part of several XP to Win 7 migrations and this is in the last six months. Windows 7 has been out for about 4 years so it took awhile. All I heard was how great XP was and the world is going to end and Windows 7 is no good. People fight change. I’m a professional geek and I love change and innovation.

    In Windows 8 you don’t need a Start Button to access “FILES, DATA, SOFTWARE, and DIFFERENT DRIVES”. When you are ready for work just use the Desktop App. The Desktop App functions exactly the same as the desktops found from Windows 95 through Windows 7. If your concerns is quickly accessing your files, programs or drives you can create shortcuts on the desktop. You can also “Pin” programs to the task bar. If you right click on the desktop you can select the Personalize option and there you will find the option to change desktop icons. This will give you the option to place the User Folder, Computer, Network, Control Panel and Recycle Bin icons. If you want more features simply right click on the lower left hand side of the screen, where the “Start Button” used to be and you will find all kinds of cool options.

    I have my laptop setup with the option to boot to Windows 7 or 8. The Windows Experience Index is faster on Windows 8. Give it time and look for a few “windows 8 for dummies” type books. There are a lot of great work features in Windows 8.

    • Jim

      I’m the IT guy for a collection of engineers who are the best in the world at what they do, and we ship them around the world to do it.

      For them to waste their time learning a new desktop is a crock of [censored] and shows that Microsoft doesn’t give a rat’s [censored] about the folks that have to use it.

      If they had given us the option to have a classic desktop, rather than an abomination that AOL [!!!] walked away from years ago, I wouldn’t be as angry about having to deal with it.

      My answer? We’re looking at different LINUX distro’s and migrating away from Microsoft products, because their business decisions impact our billable hours.

      –Jim

    • John

      If the engineers you work with were really “the best in the world at what they do” they wouldn’t have a problem in using Windows 8. You go to the desktop and you have your Windows 7 interface, I don’t see how they have to “waste their time learning a new desktop”. Oh, but you need your start menu, right? You poor thing. Install a third party and stop whining.

      Seriously, I am sick of all these self proclaimed “IT gurus”, “experts”, “power users” and yet they are not able to learn a few new shortcuts which any normal person would be able to do in approximately 10 minutes.

      But from the tone of your comment I am pretty sure that you have never even used Windows 8 and just jumped on the “Windows 8 sucks” bandwagon just after looking at the different interface.

      People like you remind me of that story about the tech support guy spending half an hour with lady whose PC “wouldn’t work” only to find out that the power cord was unplugged. “Ma’am, this is a serious issue, you will have to return your computer”. “Really?! Why?”. “Because you are too stupid to own a PC”.

      • Jim

        John: I don’t know what world you live in, but “normal” users at other clients used to do things like center justify text, and then put a carriage return at the end of a line and a second one to double space the document. I can’t see those people finding a third party solution to a system that they were told was “better.”

        If the average user you’re talking about was so clever, why did Microsoft decide to go with a desktop skin that AOL walked away from ten years ago or more?

        It’s people like you that give real IT guys a bad name, slamming the people who pay your salary and give you job security.

  • Johnqma

    I went back to Windows 7 after 3 months of Windows 8 limitations and annoyances. I can’t understand why MS released this product and why hardware suppliers (except for touch screen manufacturers) push it to the exclusion of a proven Windows 7. Windows 8 is a dog. I’ll switch to Apple to avoid it.

  • Steve

    Jim,
    If you really are the I.T. Guy then how does Windows 8 confuse you so much? In a previous post I showed you how to use Windows 8 Desktop App. I explained how the Desktop App has the exact same functionality as previous versions of Windows desktops.

    If you really are the I.T. Guy then how will anyone who is dependent upon you for keeping up with the trends that change the way businesses do business stay relevant? You seem to be completely against ever having to learn another thing in your life.

    As the I.T. Guy you should have visited sites like, Lynda, that offer an overview of many software packages and more specifically Windows 8. As the I.T. Guy you are responsible for learning and then facilitating that knowledge downstream.

    Go get some knowledge it really is powerful. Windows 8 is by far the fastest, most secure, flexible and innovative Operating System since the birth of Windows 95. Windows 95 was to us DOS users what Windows 8 seems to be to many. Mind Blowing!!

  • Michael Echo

    I like Windows 8… it is innovative and secure. I upgraded my computer systems to Win8 and have not had one doggone problem like some of the folks have described. I have both a touchscreen tablet, touchscreen laptop, and plain old fashioned laptop. It is no problem switching between the two modes… the Apps side of the house is entertaining and desktop side of the house is just like frigging Win7… what the hell is the problem? And I ain’t no IT guy… just a regular hard-working guy trying to keep his checkbook balanced using Quicken…. LOL!

  • citizen3591

    There’s no indication in this article, but I wonder what Microsoft regards as the 10 top Win 8 apps.

    If they agree with this list of pedestrian, rehashed, marginally useful and totally unnecessary programs, Microsoft has a product management problem of huge proportions.

  • Techiedude

    Wow…Judging by the vitriol being spewed by “techs” about Win8 and its lack of usefulness, I’m going to have to LOL off stage left. My three year old and my seven year old have learned the Win8 interface faster than what would seem a die-hard tech or consultant or engineer can. They close apps with the mouse and their fingers (swipe down); they pin apps and internet websites to the Start screen; they launch apps via mouse and touch; they switch between the “Metro” interface and the desktop without blinking. (They also notice that it starts up a heck of a lot faster than their previous computer.) Don’t want the Tile/Metro interface? Fine, boot to the desktop and for about $10, you can have your whiney Start button as well as launch Metro apps in the Desktop mode (thank you StarDock!). I wonder if any of the people lambasting Win8 were around for the switch from DOS to Windows 3.1…If you’re in this industry, you should know one thing is constant: change. If you don’t like it, there’s a community college down the street that has courses on kennel feces cleaning.

  • Eugene

    It seems that the same folks who complain about Windows 8 also complained about Windows XP after upgrading from Windows 98…

  • Joey

    who moved my cheese? Jeez, Sure Windows 8 is new and different. Jim if you work with engineers they are OK with the change, THATS WHAT THEY DO, they take an existing thing or process and make it better. Windows 8 is a newer better version of Windows 7. Don’t be left behind to starve, your cheese was moved, stop whining and start looking for more cheese before you starve to death. Or lose your job cause you suck as an IT guy and cant change with the technology, and in turn keep your group of engineers at the forefront of technology, so they can continue to be some of the best in the world.

  • RealThinker

    Windows 8 is fantastic. Love it. Hands down, the most elegant OS. Change is good, right? This is pretty close to a home run. The Windows and MS haters will always be there, and they’ll always be the loudest. The rest of us, who can adapt to and embrace change and improvement, can enjoy Windows 8 without them. Alas, their vitriol will continue, like a mad six year old.

    • bcmugger

      So said the MS shareholder.

  • Forest

    Windows 8 is very difficult because the Sun does not struggle to shine, unless there is smog, or a storm clouds or volcanic ash, or a fire. Windows 8 is difficult because you dont want to paddle up stream but prefer to go with the flow or down stream. So most people just want to go with the flow. So what Im saying is unless you have the wisdom understanding,knowledge and smarts to use windwos 8 it is very difficult to get use to. For example Im very frustrated that I have office 13 and I cant seem toget outlook to prompt me for the different profiles in outlook 13. Whereas in windows 7 you go to mail and you can prompt for maybe 7 or more mail clients in windows 7. Now can you do that in windows 7 no not to my wisdom and understanding. Now I have 2 email accounts mixed up with one email account and I have 7 email accounts I want to prmt for in outlook 13 and I dont know how to do it. When you go to the Microsoft office 13 web site you there is no support they talk about windows 7. So you pay money for windows 8 and pay money for office 13 and there is no support. Is this progress? No not if you live me in the wilderness, or Im stranded on a mountain top with search and rescue to find me in a jungle or in the Pacific Ocean. Whats the point and the best use of my time? Im not some high school child living with my parents goofing around hacking up the universe going on wild goose chase. Any suggestions Spock?

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  • Sam

    WTF is with saying that people who dislike Windows 8 are simply not smart enough to use it. To my way of thinking they are the smart ones for not being sold on marketing hype but rather on the functionality of the product. This is not the first time MS has dished up crap and expected us to swallow it without complaining. I’ll use Windows 8 when and if they make work right or toss it in the trash and give us Windows 9.

    • Paul

      i have to agree i usually build my own pc but this one had good specs so i bought it and been using for a few weeks now it’s not the pro version so i can’t downgrade, like all new things it has good and bad points yes its fast and i am impressed by that but i had to get rid of this app based desk top immediately i swore blind i was going back to win 7 still have the partition i made for it then got kicked in balls because microsoft have made a mockery of the bios. still not found some virtual machine though so any tips much appreciated. If as i’m told it’s a work in progress bloody hurry u[ and get to the good bits my android phone is more help than pc at mo

  • Jacqueline Muollo

    I miss the point of why a computer should become more difficult to use as it supposedly becomes more advanced. Many people on this board commented with “novice” computer users will have a hard time. That is my point. Why does one have to a techie to use a computer. The idea behind advancements in personal computers or MACs is to make it more user friendly for the most ignorant and alien computer users. DOS was difficult. W.97 – 98 – xp were the best. Now Windows 8 claims that if we LEARN how to use it we’ll like it. That’s what I don’t get!!!!! I use a computer 8 – 10 hours a day.

  • Marcus

    It’s not more difficult at all. It may be unfamiliar at first, but it is very simple. When you started a new job, you may have been unfamiliar with it at first until you did it a few times, right? Should you just up and quit because selling shirts is different from selling shoes? I think you would learn a little bit about the shirts and continue to sell them(as logn as they made you more money.

    Tell me, when people started dumping their basic phones running whatever rudimentary OS they happened to run, and picked up the iPhone, do you think they immediately knew how to use every feature? Is it immediately intuitive to the point that everyone knows to “pull down to refresh” and what the Share icon means? It may be that people understand it now, but I talk to people every day that buy their first iPhone and have no idea how to use it… they just heard that they would like it from their friends.

    Same thing with Windows 8, just in reverse. It’s all over the news..Windows 8 is difficult to use, Windows 8 sucks! The same thing happened with AT&T and Verizon a few years back. AT&T’s network was not as good as Verizon’s but it wasn’t horrible everywhere. People loved to hate on them anyway without having even used them!

    If people would boot the computer, go to the familiar desktop view, they would be just as productive as always AND learning the new features as they go. There is no decrease in productivity in this OS. I can’t believe people actually pay to revert to Windows 7 or for Start buttons and such.

    Regarding your statement “advancements in personal computers or MACs”… a Mac is a brand of personal computer. Why are you separating the two here?

  • michael lopez

    how do i get those apps on my pavilon g7

  • Frank

    A few months ago I purchased a new laptop with WIN8. With work and college classes there were several applications that I needed right out of the gate. With Windows 8 I did not skip a beat went from WIN7 to WIN8 overnight with no issues at all. I run a virtual environment for testing and have set up back up and system files as needed. I use my mouse pad for shortcuts and have my apps organized efficiently. Lots of customization. No driver issues. Not sure why some folks are having an issue with Windows 8, I don’t miss the start button at all.

    Windows is very intuitive and I welcome the changes it has brought to windows. Its funny I have friends who have repeated what has been said in the media about how difficult Win8 is but have never even tried it. Once they sit down at my computer within 5 minutes they are well on their way to loving it. Spend an hour with Windows 8 and you will definitely want that upgrade.

    Windows Blue should make some haters happy though. Peace…

  • Rick Gocougs

    While those Metro (Win8 style) apps and Start Menu are superfluous – almost never “needed” – the change of style is like warm cocoa for my tired eyeballs; eyes tired of that same-old Desktop & Taskbar all day long.

    Ever since XP I have always right-clicked the taskbar and chose [Toolbars]->[New toolbar...]. Into the toolbar goes all my daily use program shortcuts. The old Start Menu was always too cluttered and cumbersome.

    The most important thing for me is speed and efficiency.
    The Windows 8 boot-up is WAYY faster. Honest – It is amazing how much quicker it boots up now! All my programs seem to start up faster too. The “Sleep” feature works correctly which was a problem for this computer before Win8.

    Sure – I have to learn some new UI stuff (I was frustrated at first).
    But Win8 is faster, more stable/reliable, and a welcome change for weary eyeballs. May not be perfect yet – but a huge step in the right direction!

  • Phil Jones

    I’ve been a windows user since the beginning (3.0) and find Win8 to be the best MSOS ever. For those having problems with it I suggest first make sure you have the system requirements to run it properly. Take time to learn how the OS works. Play with it, be adventurous. If you truly learn how the OS works you’ll realize you don’t need a start button and Win8 makes computing a lot easier and extremely faster. In the end if your only complaint is that button then most OS are going to be a problem for you. Remember, people complained about those horseless buggies and how they were going to destroy the world. Remember, If GOD meant for man to fly, he would have given us wings. Take the time to learn how to function in Win8 and enjoy the improvements.

    • Philip

      Remember Studebaker, Tucker, Diamond T. Didn’t think so. They decided that they knew better than the customer did too.

    • bcmugger

      Lets see you do CAD or write a new program then get back to us. I`m betting all yuo do is sit and surf all day and dont actually use a PC for anything real.

    • defacto6969

      Oh Phil – get a real job mate. Win 8 can hardly be classified as a challenge or learning curve.
      Unfortunately those of us that use a PC as a production tool don’t have time to “Play with it, be adventurous” as you put it.
      XP & 7 UI’s were designed and evolved around ” User Productivity ”

      What you seem to miss is the fact that the “Start button” is not the problem, it’s the missing
      “Start Menu” which was a single entry point to the entire system when multi-tasking, that causes the problem.

  • Philip

    I have used windows since windows 95 and windows 8 may be OK for the geeks but I cannot see how anyone else could like it. I want to upgrade to windows xp from 8. I had to purchase a new PC and when I tried to use this piece of garbage it was terrible. Just give me back something that actually works. I don’t play games on my PC and neither do I do graphics. My grandkids are older than most of the computer owners. I guess that I am old fashioned because I was under the impression that a new version was supposed to be an improvement not a step back. If any other industry tried this they would immediately lose their business but Microsleaze has a virtual monopoly on this.

  • james

    I am still waiting for Joe to respond again. He got H@x3d!

    Whatever is new from Microsoft I will buy.

    I will evaluate and most likely end up Recommending it for my clients.

    In terms of business, my main client is the worlds #1 organic soap maker.

    Marketing team has dropped apple products (ipads) for Microsoft Surfaces.

    Also they are using windows 8 touch machines in their factory for inventory management, and they are more efficient than ever before because of it.

  • dbosley

    I too have been using windows since 3.X. I learned windows 8 pretty quickly. I have to agree that it’s junk. My wife now owns an IPad, our first MAC. I’m writing this from Linux Mint. If I want to compute on a cell phone, I’ll buy one. Microsoft should note that as users flee from windows 8 that their other software sales will drop as well. I’m using Libre Office vice upgrading my Windows 2007. (I would never had switched to subscription by service so 365 was never an option.) I’ve got Libre Project, instead of MS Project, Evolution vice outlook.

    As far as Desktops going away, I think they are mistaken there as well. Business won’t allow it. All you thinking it is great, you forget the average user isn’t as adept as you. That’s why many of them are still driving XP.

    I’m only hanging around waiting to see if 8.1 fixes it enough to simulate windows 7. If not, I’ll be buying my first MAC Desktop.

  • http://youtu.be/W3uNRjqa4Gs personal 3d viewer

    entirely right. This put up actually made my day.

  • Paul

    the thing that gets me is i have no choice unless i spend even more money just to upgrade and then downgrade as a fairly competent pc user i am finding this too bigger change and also hope for 8.1 otherwise screw the warranty it’s coming apart and i’ll just use bits for better one.

  • sam

    Windows 8 is the most horrid mess to ever be unleashed on a computer system. It really does nothing better than windows 7 and it has an absolutely hideous start screen. Not liking windows 8 has absolutely NOTHING to do with not being good at computers or being afraid of change, it has to do with having good taste. Windows 8 is UGLY! the start screen is not only hideous to look at, but the icons running both horizontally and vertically and being of multiple sizes makes it much more difficult to find things. Yes, you can search, but you could do that in windows 7 too. The ugly doesn’t stop at the Metro start screen, but is throughout the whole OS. The easy to use menus in the exploerer (file manager) have been replaces with the horrid mess from the office program (ribbon bar). The windows themselves are flat things with razor sharp corners lacking any kind of style or elegance. Over all windows 8 is an eye sore and windows 8.1 is even worse. It removes useful features that were in windows 8 and solves none of the real issues that windows 8 had (lack of a real start menu, etc.) On top of that, bit windows 8 and windows 8.1 have compatibility issues with programs that work fine on windows 7. And to make things worse windows 8 is even uglier and more annoying than windows 8, flashing hideously colored (purple, yellow and neon green) screens at you during install with giant text that looks like it’s aimed at 3 year olds. I can’t believe how out of touch with their customers Microsoft has become.

    Oh, and the myths that I keep hearing about tablets replacing desktop computer are just rumors started by small mined people who are completely clueless. Tablets are extremely popular right now because most people don’t have one. PC sales are way down because EVERYONE has one. Seriously, I don’t know anyone who has fewer than 2 or 3 computers in their house right now. Add in the hideous metro UI that is plastered all over the computer stores and it’s no wonder people are opting to buy a tablet over new computers. Seriously, no one is ever going to opt to type out reports on a 10″ touch screen tablet over sitting at a desk with a 21″ monitor and a full keyboard and mouse. A touch screen is not and never will be more useful than a mouse when it comes to doing most things that need to be done on a computer. On a touch screen you have push or push and hold, and that’s about it. With a mouse you have left click, right click, middle click, plush any other buttons you mouse might have all which give you instant results. Add in the keyboard and you can then add alt, ctrl, shift and just about any other key combination to you mouse click giving you thousands of possible commands that are all instant unlike “press and hold” on a tablet. Seriously, things as simple as copying and pasting on a tablet are a huge chore on a tablet. Windows 8 RT tablets are no better than android tablets, and are in fact worse because of the severe lack of apps and a windows 8 (full version) tablet is more as useless as a laptop without a mouse or keyboard. Consider that these things cost as much as a laptop, cannot be upgraded in any way (adding ram or bigger hard drive is not possible) and are restricted to very small screens and you have an overpriced media reader on your hands. I don’t understand why anyone is surprised these things flopped as bad as they did. I’m more surprised they sold as many as they did!

  • David Campbell

    An abundance of opinions here, and the vast majority have many good points. I’ve been working with IBM based PCs since 1988 and DOS 3.2, (two floppy drives, that’s it), and then came Win 3.1. Before Win 3.1, (after I installed a 20 meg “Hard Card” in my 10mhz Turbo XT),I wrote an immense, DOS batch file that created a similar, but more reliable “Windows” environment than Micro$oft ever did with their 3.1 endeavor in attempt to cover up a their DOS shell.
    Obviously, that was a long time ago and Micro$oft has come a long way, just as computers have. The point being here, is that things of importance definitely grow and upgrade as needs arise. The fact that only 8+ percent of the overall OS environmental pie is consumed by Win 8 currently, speaks for itself, where Win XP still consumes 37+ percent and Win 7 consumes 44+ percent. (please don’t argue until you do your research, because I have). I’m not here to argue anything, but rather, just to offer some insight and realities.
    The primary cause of Win 8′s failure thus far, is that it is different enough from it’s predecessors, to cause panic and upheaval in the business world. Win 8 will be shoved down the throats of individual type users, whether they like it or not, and like all other past systems, individual users will learn to navigate it, like they always have in the past, and by then, there will undoubtedly be more changes to adapt to. It’s called progress and sometimes progress can be somewhat tasking. It is the business world that fights Win 8 the hardest right now, and thus the huge percentage of XP still in use. A very valid argument that business poses, is that the learning curve, that will come with Win 8, will interrupt their(employees)work flow, and in business, as we all know, time is money.
    I’ve had the pleasure (?) of being an outside logistics administrator in some deployments of new machines and OSs for some considerably large operations. CNA, based out of Chicago was the most challenging, when we upgraded (Nationally)to Dell workstations with XP Pro, from a long in place, Win95 to Win 2k environment. When you deal in huge numbers, you also deal with huge time frames, and again, time is money, right? Where we, the individual users, can poke around and eventually get the feel for a new system, business employees can not afford that same time luxury. The expense to re-train huge numbers of employees can be unfathomable at times. So, yes, that will definitely disrupt a work flow, and profits as well.
    Win 8 most definitely points to the future though, and like it or not, the future is calling for the interfacing of phones, pads and PCs along with mobile technologies. My wife just purchased a new laptop for her teaching endeavors, and because it’s new, it came with Win 8.1 installed. Yes, there was panic and frustration. There was a call for me to scrub that hard drive and install Win 7 immediately. We both still run XP Pro on our home office workstations. I poked around and played with the wife’s new toy for awhile and soon found my happy place after I found how to navigate to my old favorite spot in Windows Explorer, which is still a DOS Shell to me, and found how to Pin things to the new look Taskbar. It didn’t take but a couple of hours and I became somewhat comfortable with a 17.3 inch iPad kind of thing. I did install a WiFi wireless mouse for her, as well as a great little StartbuttonRevival app that will not only let her find some common ground, but will also help her meld into the new environment, less the panic attacks and threats to the new laptop’s longevity.
    Win 8.1 is somewhat better than 8 and is still being worked on by Micro$oft, believe me. They are truly concerned over that 37+ percent factor and will do their best to calm the waters without jeopardizing their quest to be a major part of the future. I say these things as an opinion only, but it’s an opinion based on a many long roads of experience.
    Windows 8? It’s not the boogie man, my friends, and you will overcome the quest, as you have consistently done before. (Just don’t get me started on MS Office, heh.)

  • Emily

    There are EIGHT apps?

  • gfpstudios

    Windows 8 is to operating systems as Obamacare is to health care payment systems: a disaster; but we are probably stuck with both.

  • LindaNH

    My stance is that computers are being marketed toward everyday, home users as well as geeks and/or professional users. Therefore, the OS should be user-friendly for all. A college course should not be required to navigate around one’s computer. If MS wants to market an OS that works for all, it should be doable for those of us no longer interested in programming, IT management, etc. We pay just as much for our computers as you do, so they should work for us as well as you. If you expect people to pay for a one-size-fits-all OS, then it SHOULD fit all.
    I use my husband’s computer (because I showered mine accidentally), a brand-new laptop with Windows 8, for things that interest me, and I want to be able to use it “out of the box.” I studied programming years ago, used the computer 8 hours a day, etc., but now I use my computer for ME. And yes I’ve used computers going all the way back to DOS, before Windows. And I’ve loved every improvement. Until now. Windows 8 is not an improvement for me. I sometimes use an old desktop that has XP, and no, I do not want to go back to that. Actually, I wouldn’t care so much if it weren’t so S-L-O-W.
    Having said that, all of you who want to put down the “personal” user as not very smart, lazy, unable to adapt to change, etc., I say that’s like telling me I need to learn to drive an 18-wheeler in order to enjoy my car. I love bells and whistles, but I don’t want them to interfere with what I want to do.
    When I am weary of working on my computer, I admit I go to the simple Solitaire Collection for a couple of games. Playing games with all previous Windows systems was relaxing. Now I constantly have the stupid bars encroaching on the screen from both sides and the bottom. I have to click on the screen an extra time to get them to go away. What’s relaxing about that? And it irritates me to no end that simply swiping across the touchpad changes the screen magnification — or changes the window I’m in altogether! These little things add up to a big nuisance! Plus, the Start screen locks up at the drop of a hat. I don’t miss the Start button, but I do miss being able to proceed with what I’m doing without the computer constantly stopping me with screen changes, freezes, and commercials (the Solitaire Collection often takes me to its Store and getting out of THAT is a trip!)
    This laptop actually has run slower than the previous one from Day 1.
    I’m watching for a new laptop for myself, but not until Windows 8 is improved.
    And before you put me down by telling me to go get a job shoveling dog feces, let me tell you that I am a college-educated, licensed professional, and I’ll put my IQ and education up against yours any day.

  • Jeff

    Thanks for the list above. This is a new one I’ve been really enjoying for video sharing and storage – free, easy and efficient to use: http://www.real.com/resources/realplayer-cloud-app-windows8/