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Investor sentiment towards Windows 8 (MSFT) is "too negative," thinks Stifel's Brad Reback after...

Investor sentiment towards Windows 8 (MSFT) is "too negative," thinks Stifel's Brad Reback after trying out the much-debated (I, II, III) OS. Reback adds he believes Surface RT demand remains strong, judging by pre-orders and launch day Microsoft Store activity. Some are coming around to Microsoft's argument that Win. 8's tile-based UI can work well without a touchscreen, particularly when navigating with a keyboard. (upgrade sales)
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  • KevinRemde
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    I'm more interested in someone telling me what they think after they've not just "tried it out", but actually "used" Windows 8 for a couple of days; long enough to be comfortable with where things are at.
    2 Nov 2012, 02:49 PM Reply Like
  • rjgood
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    I have used it exclusively at home and work since August, and I love it! My wife also.

     

    What I love is:
    1. Tiles give me information without me starting an app (weather, emails, calendar apps, texts, etc.
    2. My phone texts are integrated with the Messenger app...so I see messages on my phone and on my win8 start screen.
    3. Popup Notifications are visible but not intrusive (new emails, apps finished downloading, new texts, appointment reminders.)
    4. No more start menu....is actually nice! Since I use just a few apps daily. I pin then to the start screen, then pin them to my desktop taskbar.

     

    The downside, give yourself 2 days to get comfortable, 2 weeks to totally forget Windows 7. Things have moved and are spread out (without the start menu.)

     

    I am long MSFT and Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface has made my investment very happy.
    2 Nov 2012, 03:06 PM Reply Like
  • berylrb
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    ah interesting, notifications and app-pinning, now I can relate. I've been waiting for someone to say something meaningful other than "Awesome!"

     

    By pin them you mean the app becomes a new tile yes? It's a new version of widgets/start screen/icon with more basic info, e.g., weather, not just an icon.
    3 Nov 2012, 02:41 PM Reply Like
  • rjgood
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    "By pin them you mean the app becomes a new tile yes?"

     

    Yes, that is correct. Installing an app will auto-pin it to the start screen as a tile, but you have to manually pin the app to your desktop "taskbar". Then from the taskbar, you can pin the app to your desktop.

     

    That extra step of pinning to taskbar/desktop really helped me navigate around faster, without constantly flipping to the start menu to starting up browsers, word, etc.

     

    You can also get to apps through the right side charm bar popup, with the search function.

     

    Hope this helps!
    6 Nov 2012, 02:00 PM Reply Like
  • surinderv
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    Think of Start screen you new Start button and All apps your new Desktop icons with Search as you type. Great productivity tools. I can find and launch apps faster than Win 7.
    2 Nov 2012, 07:29 PM Reply Like
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