Taking screenshots is one of the most common things you’ll do with your computer. You may want to record something you can’t easily save, and want it clearer than taking a picture of your monitor would yield.. Screenshots are also great for grabbing an error on your screen and sending it to a support person for help. In some cases, you can use them to tell a story. Today’s Basics article is about taking screenshots.
When I’m asked about “What if” scenarios, it often turns to thinking of the supposed failure that is Windows 8 (and 8.1, to a degree). Many users and technology enthusiasts alike have theories as to how the the failure of Windows 8 in 2012, could have succeed if only Microsoft did something different. From creating different versions, to allowing the Start Menu from boot to an alternative patch of Windows Phone 7. The more intriguing question, however, is if Windows 8 would have succeeded if Microsoft branched its “Metro” and “Classic” interfaces into two distinct products.
In a far too tasty article written by the king of Microsoft hyperbole, Paul Thurrott we get an insane rationalization of why Windows 8 sucked over the holidays? Do we blame it on a bad product? Do we blame it on a poorly positioned product? Do we blame it on alienating OEMs from the market they should have been more excited about? No! That would just make sense!
He starts off by telling us the apparent success of Windows 7 was a lie. Because why? Because of netbooks!
Netbooks didn’t just rejuvenate the market just as Windows 7 appeared, they also destroyed it from within: Now consumers expect to pay next to nothing for a Windows PC.
Wow, that explains it.
Ever since Windows 8 was released to the general public on October 26, 2012, we have been asked the big question about Windows 8:
“Should I upgrade? Should I buy a computer with Windows 8 Pre-installed?”
Well, good reader, we’re here to dispense important advice on whether you should run out and get Windows 8 or if you should hold back and relax.
In the interesting article about Metro, (or whatever you want to call it) Joel Hruska describes the details of Microsoft’s new interface in Windows 8 in an unfortunately paginated article on extremetech.com. The article is a great explanation of many frustrations that will come from users trying to interact with Metro including how Metro apps communicate with Desktop apps and some of his frustrations around sharing Internet links. It’s worth a read.
But, oh, his frustrations about viewing video also lead him to post this image. Notice anything unusual there? It seems all the names of files listed are named after well known pirate releases of the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It seems like Joel (or whomever has those files on a Windows 8 PC) has decided to name each file perfectly after pirated releases or…. well, you get it.
As we ramp up to another Windows release – lots of pundits are talking about the good and bad of Windows 8. Ed Bott (of Zdnet) recently published a novel idea that we’re looking at another Windows XP all over again – and how badly that turned out. I encourage you to check it out, if you can read it all. It’s, of course, all very stupid.
Take heed all, I have found the template for the many, many blog posts and articles that you’ll read leading up to, and after, the October 26th launch of Windows 8. This template, found here, simply states that all of the “Windows XP/Vista/7” components have been done better in Windows 8 – and – for that reason, you should install Windows 8, adding:
“If you’re truly happy with Windows 7, stick with it. But if you’re willing to try something new for some seriously awesome desktop-side improvements, I suggest giving Windows 8 a shot.”
That may be simply what Windows 8 was meant to be, a better, faster, cooler, awesome-r version of Windows 7. If you pretend the formerly-named-Metro apps don’t exist, do you really have a worthy Windows upgrade?
I think it deserves to be mentioned that a huge race is on now to find the cleanest and easiest way to bypass the tiled Metro interface (or whatever Microsoft will call it) and boot to what we know as the Windows 8 Desktop. With the Release to Manufacturing Version (RTM) out now, we have a sense of what will (and won’t) work in this epic battle. I have tried a few methods and found one that actually works. Let me show you.
With an event shrouded in lots of mystery and looking like it was haphazardly arranged (the event was apparently announced very last minute) – Microsoft turned out something quite significant today. Much of the lead-up press for this announcement mentioned a tablet that may, or may not have Windows RT and may, or may not be called Xbox Surface. That was all clarified when a tablet simply named “Surface” was announced.
This is great news from Microsoft. In a recent blog post (read it here), Microsoft announced the different versions of Windows that will be released. In essence, they’ve whittled this list down to four different versions. I have, for some time, thought that there were way too many versions of Windows, causing a large amount of confusion in the market (for consumers). In this recent announcement, Microsoft is smart to remove some of the confusion, but is it perfect?