I think they would be better off providing a basic Office 365 subscription. If they're trying to kill the desktop they might as well embrace Internet-connected mobile usage entirely. All home PC users I know use web-based email (including those on dial-up connections).
[citation][nom]alidan[/nom]we are so good they are copying us?[/citation]
If Apple makes fun of Metro that might make a difference. I don't think civilians can sway Microsoft to stop their foolishness.
[citation][nom]jhansonxi[/nom]All home PC users I know use web-based email (including those on dial-up connections).[/citation]
What do you do when your email box is full? Personally I think web based email clients are fine for occasional use, but you really need a local backup, especially if like me you get tons of emails and need to keep backups.
[citation][nom]pacomac[/nom]What do you do when your email box is full? Personally I think web based email clients are fine for occasional use, but you really need a local backup, especially if like me you get tons of emails and need to keep backups.[/citation]The major webmail services have multiple GB of storage space for free. They also support POP3 so you can still use an offline mail client. The users I was referring to don't have data retention needs that require separate backups. Gmail, Yahoo!, and Office 365 all have highly redundant networks so availability problems are more likely to occur with the ISP, not the webmail provider. Many ISPs don't bother with their own email service and just contract with one of the major webmail providers.
[citation][nom]Rob Homewood[/nom]The calendar app worked great and I'm sure the updates would make it even better.. no google calendar.. c'mon! I wish you two would just work it out and be friends hmph![/citation]
Google ended their sync so regular users can't use their own programs to access information in their Google account...
Enough with the "bring back teh Start menu" drivel when you can get a freeware replacement in less time and effort than it takes to write in here to moan about it "but they should have it there already, why should I have to get it myself"
The OS does what it it supposed to do, the interface is only that - an interface - and for year it has had a trusty file explorer which I have always replaced - I get much better functionality from Xplorer2 and previously others such as File Commander
But did I moan and say "I'm not going to buy XP (or 7) because they don't have file commander built in" NO, because that is cutting your nose off to spite your face
Windows 8 is more stable and has WAY more functions than Windows 7, so will I deny myself all the benifits for the sake of spending 2 minutes installing some freeware to give me back a full Start menu with explorer extensions 'a la' Xplorer2? NO, I am very happy with my system running 100% perfect now I have not been a lazy ass expecting Microsoft to spoon feed me and wipe my ass