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The 30 Best Features of Windows

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the double-glazing-is-delicious dept.

Microsoft 470

Barence writes "PC Pro has picked out its 30 best features of Windows 8. Its countdown includes features such as the revamped Task Manager, the option to run ISOs and VHDs natively, and Windows To Go, which allows you to take a portable installation of Windows 8 with you." They've also listed ten features they'd like to see added to Windows 8, "including the return of the Start button on the desktop, virtual desktops and one-click sharing of optical drives."

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Oh, yeah! (-1, Troll)

AllowMeToViolateAss (2638273) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990013)

A few months ago, I accepted what at first appeared to be a very simple job: remove a virus from someone's computer. Given the fact that I owned a PC repair shop (and I still do) and had over 15 years of experience, I was confident that I could complete the job in a timely manner without any complications along the way. Little did I know, however, that accepting this job would spiral my life into a nightmarish den of anguish and uncertainty.

First, I tried booting up the PC. When Windows finally loaded, it became apparent that this was no ordinary virus; it was a merciless monstrosity of a virus that would stop at nothing to ruin your entire life. However, despite this, I bravely pressed on and attempted to combat the virus. "I absolutely will not let a mere virus scare me off!" I thought.

After numerous unsuccessful attempts at removing the virus and after exhausting every single option to combat viruses that I had, I finally realized that the situation was absolutely devoid of hope. This was a virus more fearsome than any other, and it was simply impossible for someone with my abilities (skilled as I was) to fight against it alone. Even reinstalling the operating system completely didn't help. I quickly sank into a pit of depression and despair.

Being that I was extremely stressed due to my numerous failures, I began verbally abusing my wife and kids a few days after I received the job. This situation soon worsened when I began resorting to physical abuse in order to relieve some of my anger. Eventually, after not being able to withstand my daughter's constant moans and whines any longer, I locked her in the basement in order to retain an ounce of my sanity.

That's when I had a stroke of genius: "If I can't fight this nightmare alone, then why don't I call in the World's Greatest Minds?" I immediately contacted the World's Greatest Minds and pleaded that they examine the computer. To my delight, they accepted the proposal, collected the computer, and began their experiments.

After weeks of trial and error, numerous experiments, and many failures, the World's Greatest Minds had at last reached a conclusion. They contacted me by phone and told me that this, being no ordinary virus, called for extreme measures. They quite vehemently recommended the use of MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] to combat the virus and destroy its very existence once and for all. "MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] will completely eradicate the virus without a single problem," they enthusiastically told me.

As soon as I got the computer back from the World's Greatest Minds, I installed MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] , ran a free scan, and then sat back and watched in awe as it totally eliminated the very same virus that I had spent weeks trying to get rid of in mere seconds! MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] had accomplished a feat that nothing else in existence could have accomplished! I was positively astonished by MyCleanPC's [mycleanpc.com] miraculous performance.

What was my daughter's response, you ask? "MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] is outstanding! My dad's client's computer is running faster than ever! MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] came through with flying colours where no one else could! I recommend that you use MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] right this minuteness to fix all of your problems!"

MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] totally cleaned up my client's system, and increased his speed! As a computer repair professional, I highly recommend that you use MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] to fix all of your problems. That's not all: The World's Greatest Minds also recommends MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] for all of your computer repair needs. By using MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] , you're ensuring that your gigabits will be running faster than ever, that all viruses will vanish off of your computer in seconds, and that you'll be overclocking with the rest of us!

Even if you're not having any visible problems with your computer, I still wholeheartedly recommend that you use MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] . After all, you could have a dormant/silent virus on your system. Additionally, MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] will speed up all of your gigabits to levels you could never imagine! You'll be overclocking in no time thanks to MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] !

MyCleanPC: For a Cleaner, Safer PC. [mycleanpc.com]

Re:Oh, yeah! (1, Offtopic)

wordsnyc (956034) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990027)

I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

Re:Oh, yeah! (-1, Offtopic)

MightiestBootyFuck (2638281) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990041)

A few days ago, a customer brought in their PC for repair. They told me that they had a very nasty virus that was holding their computer hostage and wouldn't stop unless they paid the creators $50. "Alright," I thought. "That's pretty standard."

But, soon enough, I found that I was overexerting myself trying to get rid of this virus. I had never seen a virus this bad before. Reformatting and using all of the usual software to try to remove the virus didn't help at all!

As a PC repair technician with 10+ years of experience, I was dumbfounded. I couldn't remove the virus, and to make matters worse, their gigabits were running slower than ever! I soon plummeted into a severe state of depression and anxiety.

That's when I found MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] . I went to MyCleanPC's [mycleanpc.com] website, ran a free scan, and the virus simply vanished from their computer this minuteness. I couldn't believe how fast their gigabits were running afterwards just from using MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] !

My customer's response? "MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] is outstanding! My computer is running faster than ever! MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] totally cleaned up my system and increased my speed!"

My thoughts: MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] came through with flying colors where no one else could! I love MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] !

The fact that such an experienced PC repair technician is recommending MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] should be more than enough to convince you that it is high-quality software.

If you're having computer problems, then as an experienced PC repair technician, I wholeheartedly recommend using MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] . Your gigabits and speed will be overclocking and running at maximum efficiency!

But, in my experience, even if you're not having any visible problems, you could still be infected. So get MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] and run a scan this minuteness so you'll be overclocking with the rest of us!

Watch their commercial! [youtube.com]

MyCleanPC: For a Cleaner, Safer PC. [mycleanpc.com]

Windows 8 (2, Funny)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990061)

Computing redefined for people who REALLY like glossy magazines and coffee table books.

Re:Oh, yeah! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39990565)

10+ years experience? ill assume this must mean between 10 and 11.

right there people stop reading. I've been reading slashdot for 15 years, so i must have more experience than you.

this is why you have failed to clean the PC and had to resort to the miracle cure.

Re:Oh, yeah! (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39990047)

MyCleanPC sounds like a virus, and this looks like spam, or a very long winded joke

Re:Oh, yeah! (2)

Walt Dismal (534799) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990075)

Indeed, this spammer is posting in multiple places using mulitple accounts.

Re:Oh, yeah! (4, Insightful)

ifiwereasculptor (1870574) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990429)

It has to be a joke. First because some are quite funny (my favorite is the one where the guy had cancer and his family left him, but then he found MyCleanPC and everything was dandy). Second because creating multiple accounts to post on /. is a bit time consuming, especially given that this is arguably the worst site for spamming that sort of scam - it has a very high incidence of tech-oriented nerds, way too many running OSX, Linux or something weirder, and very few grandmas.

Re:Oh, yeah! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39990595)

Slashdot is sooooo sexist AND agist at the same time. Get your head out of your ass, ifiwereasculptor .

Re:Oh, yeah! (4, Insightful)

wordsnyc (956034) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990049)

I was honestly not aware that Windows doesn't have "virtual desktops." Stunning. It's like a TV with one channel.

Re:Oh, yeah! (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39990179)

I was honestly not aware that Windows doesn't have "virtual desktops."

Not included with the OS, however free 3rd party tools are available. Even having used them myself, I don't get the appeal of what basically amounts to a poor-man's alternative to having multiple monitors. Sorry, I prefer having more than 1 display visible at all times, not hidden. Multiple displays have often been a nightmare to get working flawlessly under Linux.

Re:Oh, yeah! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39990417)

> Multiple displays have often been a nightmare to get working flawlessly under Linux.

Oh, come on! It's 10 to 15 seconds to configure. I had more stress finding the cable...

Re:Oh, yeah! (1)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990495)

Of all of the things I could dabble with on Linux, this is something I've just never managed to get around to. Beyond the cost and bother of having and extra GPU and monitor to try it with, the ability to manage windows with virtual desktops has kind of made the point moot.

There are window managers from the early 90s that still do it better than anything Windows or MacOS has to offer even now.

Re:Oh, yeah! (0)

Truekaiser (724672) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990789)

you don't need a second video card to have a second monitor on linux...

Re:Oh, yeah! (1)

darthdavid (835069) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990799)

You don't need more than one GPU to use multiple monitors. Pretty much any halfway decent modern graphics card is gonna have more than one output and nowadays if you have the right setup you can even daisy-chain multiple monitors off a single port.

Re:Oh, yeah! (2)

dc29A (636871) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990623)

3d party tools? All of them are either slow, buggy or have some very weird behaviours.

Oh and I plugged my second monitor on my Ubuntu box, didn't even had to configure anything, it detected it. Took me a whole 5 seconds to get it running. Flawlessly.

Re:Oh, yeah! (1)

John Bokma (834313) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990191)

If I recall correctly, even for Windows 95 there was already software that made virtual desktops possible on Windows. FWIW, I never use virtual desktops, tried it with Indigo magic, but just don't see the point. Maybe my work makes it possible to work without them :-).

Re:Oh, yeah! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39990313)

Maybe my work makes it possible to work without them :-).

If by "work" you mean "surfing porn all day" then yeah, you probably don't need virtual desktops.

Re:Oh, yeah! (2)

hobarrera (2008506) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990057)

I'm honestly in doubt as to wether this is an attempt at being funny, or plain old spam.

Re:Oh, yeah! (3, Informative)

Zocalo (252965) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990117)

Spam, with a dubious download awaiting if you should happen to visit one of the many links to the site in the post. "MyCleanPC.com", along with sister site "DoubleMySpeed.com" were exposed [google.com] ages ago as a scam, despite a veneer of legitimacy provided by some TV adverts. Just another one of those so called "security tools" which then proceeds to find a lot of problems with your PC and then requires you to "register" to fix the so called problems.

Re:Oh, yeah! (1)

rrohbeck (944847) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990453)

That's clearly another Windows feature - opening up the market to sell unnecessary software to suckers.
And let's not forget its capability as a host for bots.

Re:Oh, yeah! (1)

kyrio (1091003) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990717)

Right, because there's no way the retards would copy and paste two lines of text to install mycleanpc automatically on their Linux distro in order to get it to "run faster".

I am the mightiest of bootynudes! (-1, Troll)

Slashdot'sBootyFuck (2638277) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990019)

About six months ago, I was overexerting myself trying to get rid of a terrible virus on a client's PC (I own a PC repair shop and have been fixing computers for over 10 years). Given my level of expertise, I thought I'd be able to get rid of it fairly quickly and without hassle, but as was made evident by my colossal failure, I was horribly, horribly wrong.

I couldn't remove the virus no matter what method I used. I tried all the latest anti-virus software and all the usual tricks, but it was all in vain. Failure after failure, my life was slowly being sucked away as I spent more and more of my time trying to get rid of this otherworldly virus.

Frustrated and stressed by my own failure, I began distancing myself from my wife and children. After a few days, I began verbally abusing them, and it eventually escalated into physical abuse. I was slowly losing what remaining sanity I had left. If this had continued for much longer, it is highly probable that I would have committed suicide. A mere shell of what I once was, I barricaded myself in my bedroom and cried myself to sleep for days on end.

That's when it happened: I found MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] ! I installed MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] right on the client's PC, ran a scan, and it immediately got rid of all the viruses without a single problem. MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] accomplished in record time what I was unable to accomplish after a full week. Wow! Such a thing!

MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] is outstanding! My client's computer is running faster than ever! I highly recommend you install MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] right this minuteness, run a scan, and then boost your PC speed in record time! MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] came through with flying colours where no one else could!

My client's response? "MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] totally cleaned up my system, and increased my speed!" All the PC repair professionals are using MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] to solve all of their problems. This should be reason enough for you to switch to MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] ! It'll speed up your computer, rid it of all viruses, and you'll be able to work productively again! Wow!

Even if you're not having any obvious computer problems, you could still be in danger. That's why I very highly recommend that you still use MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] . After all, it will boost your PC & internet speed to levels you never would think are possible!

MyCleanPC: For a Cleaner, Safer PC. [mycleanpc.com]

Re:I am the mightiest of bootynudes! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39990069)

back their shit up, make them cough up a windows license or restore disk and fucking format, done in an hour retard

Re:I am the mightiest of bootynudes! (0)

mcneely.mike (927221) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990223)

I am such an idiot! All this time I thought i knew what the hell i was doing, but i was wrong. I started using MyCleanPC and i started having sex more often.... there was some chick named Hoover, another named Electrolux... but the one that made my head spin was called "Dirt Devil". My sex life has never been better. So you too can use MyCleanPC and say, "Mom said to leave me alone when I'm vacuuming!"

The real news (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39990023)

Is that Windows 8 has 30 features

True #1 Feature! (-1, Flamebait)

farrellj (563) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990059)

#1 Feature: You *don't* have to run it!!!!! Stick with Win 7, or Linux, Mac OS X!

Remember, Windows 7 is really Vista ver. 2.0.

Windows 8 will be another Windows ME, or Vista...

Don't pay to be a Beta tester for Microsoft operating systems!

Re:True #1 Feature! (-1, Troll)

Jeremlah Cornelius (2638287) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990131)

A few weeks ago, I foolishly ran a strange executable file that one of my acquaintances sent me by email. As someone who doesn't know much about computers, at the time, I thought nothing of it. "Why would my acquaintance want to hurt me?" Following this line of thought, I ran the file without question.

How naive I was. Despite having what was supposedly the best anti-virus software out right then, a virus took over my computer and held it hostage. It was pretending to be a warning from Windows telling me to buy some strange anti-virus software I'd never heard of from a company I'd never heard of to remove the virus.

This immediately set alarm bells off in my head. "How could this happen? My anti-virus is supposed to be second to none!" Faced with this harsh reality, I decided to take it to a PC repair shop for repair. They gladly accepted the job, told me it'd be fixed in a few days, and sent me off with a smile.

A few days later, they called me and told me to come pick up my computer. At the time, I noticed that they sounded like whimpering animals, but I concluded that it must just be stress from work. When I arrived, they, with tears in their eyes, told me that the virus was so awful and merciless that they were unable to remove it. "Ah," I thought. "That must be why they sounded so frustrated and pathetic over the phone. Their failure must have truly ruined their pride as professionals." I later found out that two of them had committed suicide.

After returning home, I tried to fix it myself (despite the fact that even the professionals couldn't do it). After about a day or so, I was losing my very mind. I stopped going to work, stopped eating, was depressed, and I would very frequently throw my precious belongings across the room and break them; that is how bad this virus was.

That's when it happened: I found MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] ! I installed MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] , ran a scan, and let it remove all the viruses! They were removed in precisely 2.892 seconds. Wow! Such a thing! I can't even believe this as such never before! MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] is outstanding! My computer is running faster than ever! MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] came through with flying colors where no one else could!

MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] totally cleaned up my system, and increased my speed! If you're having computer problems, or even if you aren't having any obvious problems, I recommend that you using MyCleanPC [mycleanpc.com] . As a user, it did more for me that any so-called "professional." It'll even boost your PC & internet speed!

MyCleanPC: For a Cleaner, Safer PC. [mycleanpc.com]

Re:True #1 Feature! (1)

jo_ham (604554) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990243)

How do you know? Have you used it?

It's a bit soon to be calling it "the next Windows ME or Vista 2.0" - that's what people said about Windows 7 and that has been pretty good. I mean, yes, there's be a lot of hate for the Metro interface, but no more than for Unity on Ubuntu, and no one is claiming that's dying.

Re:True #1 Feature! (1)

BoogeyOfTheMan (1256002) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990357)

Thats because its trivially easy to change desktop managers in Ubuntu, for free. But if you must know, I hate Unity. Dont particularly like Gnome 3 either. I keep trying to like KDE, but I keep having a bad experience with font sizes.

With that being said, I kind of like Metro. Maybe because I only use windows for gaming, but for a system where you only use 5 or six programs regularly, its not bad. Though I couldnt get the network to work in a VM when I tried the consumer preview, so maybe I would hate it too if I could have actually installed something on it I wanted to use.

Re:True #1 Feature! (5, Interesting)

cupantae (1304123) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990327)

As a Linux user, let me say, this is not insightful, interesting or informative. It's flamebait.

#1 Feature: You *don't* have to run it!!!!! Stick with Win 7, or Linux, Mac OS X!

Gosh, how clever.

Remember, Windows 7 is really Vista ver. 2.0.

Remember that thing that's not true, you mean? Think of what made Vista a failure before opening your mouth.

Windows 8 will be another Windows ME, or Vista...

It might be a failure. You could check out the missing features, if you'd like to try R'ing a FA.

Don't pay to be a Beta tester for Microsoft operating systems!

You can do that for free. It's called a developer preview.

Re:True #1 Feature! (1)

mcswell (1102107) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990625)

s/Vista ver.//

(wasn't Windows 2.0 tiled?)

Re:True #1 Feature! (1)

kyrio (1091003) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990739)

>pay

You say that as if most of the consumers are going to actually be directly paying for it, if at all.

Seen before? (0)

Teun (17872) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990079)

It sounds like they want to copy KDE.

Re:Seen before? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39990307)

That would be a good thing. I loved the KDEness of Windows 7 but they could stand to copy a lot more.

Re:Seen before? (1)

game kid (805301) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990325)

That's odd. I was using KDE just today and its equivalent of a Start menu didn't use a shitty tablet UI.

That PC Pro site is awful (5, Insightful)

mfearby (1653) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990093)

I'm not clicking through 8 pages, each of which seems to load a popup, just to read a list of 30 items. And judging from the first couple of pages I could stand to look at, the article is hyping up some very un-newsworthy information indeed! There's nothing worse than a site with tid bits of "information" surrounded by an orgy of advertising. Get lost!

8p for W8 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39990221)

"I'm not clicking through 8 pages" -- You should read their Windows 1 feature then.

Re:8p for W8 (4, Informative)

desdinova 216 (2000908) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990367)

if you click the link marked print this you will get everything on one page, yes it pops into another window....

Re:That PC Pro site is awful (4, Insightful)

billcopc (196330) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990241)

Adblock is your friend.

So is not getting your primary information from sites that exist solely to farm clickthroughs from aggregators like our once glorious /.

Features already present in previous versions (4, Informative)

goonerw (99408) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990095)

Yet another "click here dozens of times so we can get more advertising revenue" article. This could have been done in 3-4 pages, not 10+.

They also clearly haven't used Windows 7 as it has the ability to mount VHDs as well. (Windows 8 improves upon that by adding ISO mounting support) The way they wrote that "feature" is as if the VHD mounting is absent in previous versions.

Re:Features already present in previous versions (5, Funny)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990167)

Windows 8 lets you install Linux!

Windows 8 throws a meaty bone to power users – namely, the ability to run ISO and virtual hard disk (VHD) images natively. It’s possible, for example, to download the ISO of a Linux distribution or another piece of software to the desktop, double-click to “mount” the file, and run the setup executable without having to physically burn the ISO to disc.

Re:Features already present in previous versions (1)

biohazard35 (2499308) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990293)

Most distros don't have an executable installer, so it really doesn't let you install Linux. The only one I can think of right now is Ubuntu, and I seem to remember that was only temporary, until you decided to truly install it.

Re:Features already present in previous versions (1, Informative)

catmistake (814204) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990299)

They also clearly haven't used Windows 7 as it has the ability to mount VHDs as well. (Windows 8 improves upon that by adding ISO mounting support) The way they wrote that "feature" is as if the VHD mounting is absent in previous versions.

Hello. here [microsoft.com] is a direct link to the XP Virtual CD Control Panel, which has been there at Microsoft downloads since the dawn of time, allowing XP users to mount ISO and other suppported virtual filesystems. You may not have heard of Windows XP... its really Windows 2000 with more pretty colors, which is really Windows NT with more pretty colors... now that I think about... Windows 7 is also really XP with more pretty colors... ha ha... you dummasses are actually using a decrepid OS from the mid-90's! Fools!
/posted using a BSD-derivitive, the One True Modern OS! OS X!!

Re:Features already present in previous versions (5, Informative)

Tr3vin (1220548) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990387)

/posted using a BSD-derivitive, the One True Modern OS! OS X!!

So, BSD (which predates the mid-90's by a bit) with more pretty colors and a much larger memory footprint? That OS X?

Re:Features already present in previous versions (5, Funny)

Aug Leopold (1218486) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990785)

Truthfully it only has one color, Brushed metal.

Re:Features already present in previous versions (1)

DragonTHC (208439) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990689)

Yet another "click here dozens of times so we can get more advertising revenue" article. This could have been done in 3-4 pages, not 10+.

The scroll bar lets you do it in one page.

Re:Features already present in previous versions (1)

kyrio (1091003) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990765)

Pretty sure it could have been done in one page. The Internet is not a fixed-size book. You can scroll down forever.

Not a single *new* feature (-1, Troll)

hobarrera (2008506) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990109)

Out of all the 30 listed features, none of them seem to be really new, only new to windows.

Mounting ISO with double click, tiling window manager, and all the rest have been seen on other OSs for several years now, namely, desktop linux, webos and android/iOS.

And? (5, Insightful)

ifwm (687373) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990351)

"The 30 Best Features of Windows"

"Not a single *new* feature"

Why would you be looking for new features in an article about the best features? You are aware they're not the same, right? And often, new features don't work very well right? So, from a logic standpoint, I'd expect many of the best features of most OSes to be anything but new.

Re:And? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39990713)

Best features and new features may not mean exactly the same thing but a feature is 'a prominent or conspicuous part or characteristic' [reference.com] . So if it is not new it is less prominent. We don't really talk about preemptive multitasking being a feature anymore even though is a pretty good thing.

Re:Not a single *new* feature (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39990421)

Indeed, one of the features is "Doesn't require more hardware than Windows 7". Clearly that feature was just copied from Windows 7!

dom

Re:Not a single *new* feature (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39990439)

Best feature - it can download Linux and burn a bootable iso of your choice.

Re:Not a single *new* feature (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39990651)

And make this year the year of Linux desktop!

Re:Not a single *new* feature (3, Informative)

FrootLoops (1817694) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990537)

Perhaps you read the title as "The 30 Best New Features of Windows 8", as I did, which is not what it says. Regardless, I found some interesting:
  * Split-screen for Metro-style apps
  * Trial periods built in to the Windows store
  * Picture passwords
  * Windows To Go booting from removable drives

#31 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39990121)

Can be replaced.

IT'S BILL GATES ILLEGITIMITE LOVE CHILD !! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39990125)

And that, my friends and enemies, is the very best reason. Only knowing God could be best that, and you can't, not yet.

Ten features we'd like to see in PC Pro stories (5, Informative)

sootman (158191) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990139)

10. Quit whoring for pageviews with needlessly split up articles

Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next

Re:Ten features we'd like to see in PC Pro stories (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39990587)

I often wish stories could be voted -1 troll the way comments can, so this sort of thing would be below threshold.

Re:Ten features we'd like to see in PC Pro stories (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39990627)

And stop slurping Microsoft cock. We just got ourselves all pissed off over their new ddos venture against bittorrent users.

features won't matter (-1, Troll)

Ralph Spoilsport (673134) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990175)

if windows continues to be what it is: a second rate UI on top of a third rate DOS, on top of a fourth rate scheduler.

How about discussing features that matter? (5, Insightful)

mlts (1038732) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990183)

To me, where BitLocker or another disk encryption tool means the difference between a hardware write-off and insurance claim versus having to report to every manager up a chain, as well as the press, I consider the basic Windows 8 security upgrades to BitLocker important.

It would be nice if they would allow non-TPM encryption without a USB flash drive, because not many machines have TPM/TCG compatible motherboards these days.

However, I can deploy images that are already BitLocker encrypted, or just tell the machine to encrypt used space in Windows 8. With the new hardware encrypted HDDs, I can have BitLocker deal with those as well.

Yes, this is boring, but anything that ensures that an attacker isn't going to get data should a laptop be stolen is important for day to day IT.

Re:How about discussing features that matter? (3, Insightful)

cheater512 (783349) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990481)

Err it sounds like you could save yourself a few headaches with Truecrypt.

Re:How about discussing features that matter? (1)

machine321 (458769) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990577)

It would be nice if they would allow non-TPM encryption without a USB flash drive, because not many machines have TPM/TCG compatible motherboards these days.

What machines are you using? I'm mostly familiar with HP and Dell, and just about every business-grade machine they sell (laptops, desktops, servers) has Bitlocker-compatible TPM built-in.

Re:How about discussing features that matter? (2)

Bacon Bits (926911) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990647)

What machines are you using? I'm mostly familiar with HP and Dell, and just about every business-grade machine they sell (laptops, desktops, servers) has Bitlocker-compatible TPM built-in.

I was wondering the same thing. I work at a school district, and every desktop and laptop the district has purchased in the last 4-5 years (meaning every computer in use other than a few oddball donated models) has had a TPM module. I know because we had consistent problems with them under Windows XP and they had to be disabled, only to be re-enabled when the machines were migrated to Windows 7.

Re:How about discussing features that matter? (0)

Charliemopps (1157495) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990771)

Any encryption written with closed sourced software should be considered NOT encrypted. Add to that, that it's Microsoft, which actively seeks to insert backdoors for law enforcement and you truly do not have an encryption scheme that you can trust.

Lets break it down (5, Insightful)

HeliumHigh (773838) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990205)

I agree with number 1 (Bring back the start button) if only for consistencies sake. Windows has had a start button for years and years, and most graphical operating systems have some a main system button in one form or another. Why fix it if it ain't broken? (An argument that could probably be applied liberally to 8's new GUI...)

Number 2: Blu-ray support would be nice, but I actually like how they have removed most of the optical media licensing crap to the media/media pro packs (or whatever they are called). By the time 8 is out, I would bet a majority of consumer-grade computing devices won't have an optical drive. Blu-ray should be supported in the media pack, but I have no qualms if it isn't in the default stack of cards.

As for number 3 (One Click Optical Drive Sharing), I think this might be the most valid criticisms on the list, mainly for the same reasons stated above: optical drives are going away. I currently have one optical drive in the house and have it shared via samba and few other ways, but this is a read-only approach.

Number 4 (Drag to open) doesn't seem like a very harsh criticism, it feels more like list padding. I don't use drag and drop for just about anything after having found the keyboard is much faster though, so I should recuse myself from commenting on this one.

As far as Virtual Desktops go (Number 5), it is technically unfeasible, for reasons I don't quite remember. Something to do with the way Windows handles windows which has escaped me for the moment. Nevertheless, there are third party applications of varying quality that already implement this, to a varying degree.

Bring back visualbasic? (Number 6) No. Just no. That thing was a mess. Friends don't let friends script VB, drunk or otherwise.

Number 7: Fonts preview app: I have the win8 consumer preview running in vmware right now, and the font folder looks pretty much untouched from win7. It still lets you preview installed fonts. More list-padding?

I've got an easy fix for 8 (Dual-pane explorer). Use two explorer windows, one on the right one on the left. Or feel free to use something like Total Commander or its variants. They still make those, right?

As for 9, I'm sure Microsoft is going to give a little polish to the out-of-box-experience. Just cause the alpha doesn't have it, doesn't mean it won't be there.

10 is valid. I don't like where the shutdown button lives on win8. Move it up one level, just so that it is a little easier to find. I don't like to hunt and peck for a basic system function.

I don't care if it has 100 new features (5, Insightful)

scottbomb (1290580) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990253)

That abomination that is Metro is enough to kill the deal for me. I will use Win 7 until it's end-of-support. Meanwhile, I'm dual-booting Xubuntu so that when 7 comes to an end, I'll already be comfortable with a different OS.

Re:I don't care if it has 100 new features (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39990431)

As a former developer, with much of it on Windows, I really think Metro is going to do them in. If they don't have a metro kill switch on windows 8 laptops/desktops - their done.

Tippy, the tail-wagging beagle in XP Explorer (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39990257)

has been replaced by Seamus, the yelping Irish Setter lashed to the top of Mitt Romney's station wagon for those long directory searches.

Poorly written article (4, Informative)

bertok (226922) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990263)

Half of those "new" features are already in Windows 7, like AppLocker. I have USB3 support now. Sure, it's not "native", but it works, so who cares?

A lot more interesting are the new features under the hood of Windows 8 server. Take a look at this article for example: Optimizing for Latency-Sensitive Applications: scenario overview [microsoft.com] .

Sure, it's not visible or shiny, but wow those are some big changes!

Too Bad... (3, Funny)

RamenJunkie (2509554) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990271)

It's too bad that one of the features of Windows 8 isn't "Not a piece of crap".

Re:Too Bad... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39990413)

I think Steve Jobs informally trademarked "and it just works" and Google took "doesn't suck".

Revolutionary idea I'd like included... (1)

Lord_of_the_nerf (895604) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990283)

Some sort of integrated 'Games' service 'for Windows' that I could connect to 'Live'. Just so I could play such popular games as 'Shadowrun' with my many friends (but no more than 100).

But I'll understand if that technology is currently unworkable.

Welp (1)

dexomn (147950) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990303)

The best feature is that I can wait for the first service pack to see if it works ok. I have no NEED for Windows 8.

Not all are features, not all "new" (-1, Redundant)

erroneus (253617) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990365)

#3 is not new. It has been done before... on Linux for decades and under Windows using special tools... some even Microsoft tools.

#4 is not a feature. It's just that they didn't "Vista" the next version.

#5 Really?! Being able to do what switches and soft-switches have been doing for a very long time now "supported by the OS" is a feature? Way to copy Microsoft.

#6 More cloud? People are still interested in this?

#7 Windows Store? Worked for Apple... should work for Microsoft too right? I doubt it. People don't want that. Apple gives them no choice, the go back to Windows. Microsoft gives them no choice, they go to...?

#10 Really? Typing on touchscreens are already kind of a pain and kind of difficult... often made worse by "predictions" and "corrections" made by the entry system. Now they will tell you which fingers to use when typing?

#12 Again, NOT doing something or doing less of something is a feature?

#14 Improved compared to what?

#15 Once again, taking from your "developers developers developers!" The path to "success" is laid out before them... just copy what your developers do into your products and put them out of business.

#18 Now they are copying "pirates" too! Nice.

#23 Groups? Is that anything like folders in the old menu structures? Is it new or is it how the old menus were moved into the new look?

#29 Native support for a technology that has been out for a while. Feature? It is as far as Microsoft is concerned.

#30 Been at it with Linux for what? Seems like forever. It's new for them, old for everyone else.

I'm too lazy to comment on all of them. Some are more "newish" but none are must-haves or earth shattering.

Handy ISO run feature (1)

dbcad7 (771464) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990383)

For the thousands of people who realize that maybe a Linux distro isn't that difficult after all, and decide to wipe this version of Windows, that doesn't seem meant for their desktop, off their hard drive.

In other words... (2)

maccodemonkey (1438585) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990397)

...features that have been in every other operating system for years.

I can't believe people get excited for this. Now we have to deal with all the fanboys who every time they see these things in other operating systems are going to yell about people ripping off Microsoft.

Windows 1.0 (2)

jfdavis668 (1414919) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990403)

I tried to come up with the 30 best features of Windows 1. I don't think it had 30 features, even counting startup and shutdown.

Re:Windows 1.0 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39990607)

Shutdown didn't exist until Windows 95.

Will it play DVDs... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39990423)

this time?

Scroll Volume Control (1)

fwarren (579763) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990451)

Why cant you mouse over the volume status in the system tray and roll your scroll wheel to change your volume? Linux has had it for over a decade.

Really Microsoft, people would not mind it you implement this feature.

Missing feature: how easily I can install Linux ov (0)

Subm (79417) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990463)

Missing feature from the article: how well Windows 8 can be overwritten with Linux.

Missing feature from Windows 8: avoiding the Windows tax.

Now for my karma points, here's a link for the article on one page: http://www.pcpro.co.uk/features/374587/30-best-features-of-windows-8/print [pcpro.co.uk]

My long awaiting features (3, Interesting)

devent (1627873) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990497)

#1, delete opened files.

It is so annoying everytime if I just want to look at a file or to open it in different editor, or delete I file I need first to search the app that opened it. In Linux you just open the file with whatever you want, move it, delete it, etc. no problems.

#2, virtual desktops.

If I work on a project and then want to look something up, or someone comes with an USB stick and I need to copy it, and open the files, I just switch the desktop. It's like you have one table full of stuff, then you go to a different table to eat your pizza, and then you go back to your work table. You don't put away your work stuff so you can eat the pizza, you just go to the kitchen table.

#3 Fast file system checks.

The fsck on Linux takes only 20 seconds for 100GB (ext4) why does Windows need minutes for a check?

#4 A good command prompt

I really hate the 1990 DOS command prompt. Can we please have a modern command prompt in the year 2012? A modern cmd prompt is: any true type font, any size also full size, completition of commands with tab key, searchable history of cmds, different background, different text color, etc. For an example of a modern cmd prompt, see Konsole (KDE).

#5 Ease change of the desktop environments

I mean a complete change, not just like a theme. I really like to replace the whole Windows desktop with KDE.

#6 Good SSH integration.

In Linux I can type in anywhere: ssh-add and it adds my ssh key for every program. Why can't it be that easy in Windows?

Third party FTW (1)

dbIII (701233) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990773)

I was using some of those things you are asking for on a Win2k desktop in 2001, with a little help from a machine on the network. Now you can do it all with the help of a virtual machine on the physical host:
Virtual desktops, desktop environments, Good SSH integration - I was doing that with X Windows on the Win2k desktop. Any X program that supports the extensions available can run across the network and a Window Manager is just another program to X. I was running KDE and Enlightenment on the remote host and using it to manage the local screen, so not just stuck with the twm and fvwm available to cygwin. Now cygwin supports a pile of other stuff and there are of course a pile of other X windows implementations for MS Windows.
Decent shell and terminal? Cygwin can be used to handle things locally. There are many others, from Norton Commander style things on.

File locking sucks and still happens despite it being years sicne the introduction of the volume shadow copy hack (which finally made MS Exchange more than just a toy without reliable backups). There has to be some sort of third party file browser that exploits volume shadow copy and lets you do things with opened files.

Yawn (0)

koan (80826) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990603)

Yawn...

Hide The Features (5, Interesting)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990633)

Clearly Microsoft hears complaints from users that computers are too complicated. Their solution, unfortunately, is to keep hiding things. Like that helps.

I think it started with "personalized menus": the menu items you haven't used in a while get hidden... which rather defeats the purpose of menus, because you're less likely to remember seeing those less-used features to know they exist, and when you go looking for them, they're concealed. Filename extensions apparently confused some people, so now they're hidden... making it easier to trick people with trojans disguised as Word documents, befuddling them when they see two files (of different types) with the same name, and rendering files "unopenable" if they get saved somehow with the wrong (hidden) extension. They've been doing it with IE in a big way: taking buttons off the standard toolbar, removing button labels, and recently hiding the whole damn pull-down menu bar! The MS Office "ribbon" left me scratching my head trying to find the "print" button (or menu option) the first time I encountered it. The Start button has lost the word "start"... not exactly hidden, but no longer as easy for newbies to find when told to click on it. In Win7 (maybe it was Vista), the "log off" and other I'm done-using-the-computer options are now hidden under a non-descript arrow button. And now in Win8 (which I've looked at in preview only long enough to get frustrated trying to re-orient myself) they've hidden the Start button altogether, and made Shutdown even harder to find.

Instead of actually simplifying the system, what they're doing is the equivalent of sweeping the complexity under a rug. It's still there. And often you still need it. But it's harder to get at. They're shoving more and more features into the system... then hiding them away. Along with a bunch of the old ones. Eventually it will get simple enough for my aged mother to use it... but by then I will find it totally unusable.

The List (4, Informative)

TranquilVoid (2444228) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990639)

Here's the list not spread over 9 pages. I'm surprised there are 30 new things worth commenting on.

#1. Interactive tiles

#2. Task Manager

#3. Run ISOs and VHDs natively

#4. No new hardware requirements

#5. Airplane mode

#6. SkyDrive integration

#7. Windows Store

#8. Interactive lock screen

#9. Split-screen apps

#10. Split touch keyboard

#11. App contracts

#12. Fewer surprise restarts

#13. Cross-device synchronisation

#14. Improved 3G support

#15. Built-in antivirus

#16. Picture passwords

#17. Instant search

#18. Windows To Go

#19. Secure Boot

#20. Revamped Explorer

#21. Restore PC

#22. Thumbnail previews

#23. Metro groups

#24. Kinect for Windows

#25. AppLocker

#26. Reset PC

#27. File copy revamp

#28. Faster boot times

#29. Native USB 3 support

#30. Panoramic background images

alas (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39990643)

and none of it makes up for metro.

Airplane Mode? (0)

DragonTHC (208439) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990661)

I don't bring my desktop on airplanes and that's the whole point.

Windows to GO... (2)

stanlyb (1839382) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990669)

I have to admit, i LIKE this feature. Everybody with me: Windows TO GO GO GO.

features? (1)

the_Bionic_lemming (446569) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990671)

I kept comparing them to win 2k and win xp and just said "I don't need any of that".

It really sucks when a corporation wants to "Shape" an OS instead of just making it a jack of all trades so that people who have been quite happy without an app store, don't need a "metro" interface and just want a gaming machine or a programming machine are ignored.

It's even worse because they have the ability to stop supporting the Operating systems that are useful. I don't need a shiny new interface. Just let me keep playing my games and earning a living.Don't hop up on that idiotic "oohhhhh my phone will winzors the world" cause there's a bunch of folks like me, and even more that are retiring and have diminished eyesight and won't be able to use the smart phone platform.

#31 (1)

Zamphatta (1760346) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990757)

I can't believe they forgot the best feature -- the ability to be removed from one's computer. ;-)

#1 (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990779)

The best feature of Windows is that it's FREE!

Empathy for the Start button (5, Funny)

hcs_$reboot (1536101) | more than 2 years ago | (#39990807)

ten features they'd like to see added to Windows 8, including the return of the Start button on the desktop

It's called the Stockholm syndrome [wikipedia.org] , an "apparently paradoxical psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and have positive feelings towards their captors, sometimes to the point of defending them"

MyCleanPC! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39990815)

I really hope Windows 8 includes MyCleanPC by default!

Did they note self-tuning services? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39990831)

If not, & I skimmed the article only briefly? They should have. Services you don't use in Windows 8 automatically shutdown.

It saves a lot of RAM, CPU cycles, & other forms of I/O associated with those self-terminating services that are unused, plus, process mgt. thrash in the scheduler & memmgt subsystems is less as well (bonus).

(As well as the possibility of an unsecured service with a security flaw in it!)

However, services in Windows 8 are in 'isolation' better now too than before (username/groupname priveleges etc./et al running them).

* I've done all of the above manually for decades to Windows NT-based OS, & it just works (for added speed, security, & even stability...)

APK

P.S.=> I don't think I'll ever like metro over the start button interface I've been using since 1994 in the Win9x betas. That much was noted, & I think the option should be introduced to switch back for say, a PC &/or Server but leave Metro for phones...

... apk

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