After users' turned their faces to Windows 8 and neglected Surface Pro, now eyes are on windows 8.1 expected to be released this summer. Even after having lot of positives like "File History Tool" Windows 8 needs improvements. Things like missing start menu, hard to find power buttons and split personality Internet Explorer are among few that needs change. Let us find out how Microsoft can really improve Windows 8 so that everyone can love it like we loved XP.
Bring back Start ButtonThere are already several third-party options that let us use a classic-style Start menu in Windows 8 like classic shell or StartMenu8 but we would like to have it Built-in to Windows 8.1 or whatever.
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One click to ShutDown and RestartAt present it takes too many clicks and Taps to Shutdown or restart the computer.
- Bring up Charms Bar
- Click or Tap on Settings
- Click or Tap on Power icon
- Finally you can see Shutdown and Restart
Tweak: Create a shortcut on Desktop for
Shutdown -s -t 0
Add multiple-pane functionality to File ExplorerWe like the addition of the Ribbon UI, which gives us greater flexibility in how we can manage our files. We think Microsoft should add the ability to view individual folder branches in separate panes, which are all contained within the main File Explorer window. For example, one pane would show the files on our Windows 8 system’s main storage medium, and another pane would show the files on an external drive. And we should be able to drag-and-drop files between the panes.
Touch up Internet ExplorerThe add-on ecosystem of the Desktop version of IE has become unappealing. At the official IE add-ons site, many add-ons are outdated, of questionable use, or shareware that are actually Windows apps that need to be installed outside the IE program environment. In the Modern version of IE, the browser is speedy but so simplistic that it doesn’t feel effective for regular use without a touchscreen.
Improve navigationNavigating between Metro Start screen and desktop is confusing.The "hot corner" thumbnail method of navigating between all open windows doesn't even show all open Desktop apps, and so you can't navigate to them. Alt+ Tab method works fine but Microsoft should think about making it more comfortable for users.
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