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Slowly becoming a competent OS once again

Windows 8.1 Update 1 to hide Metro by default




81gdr1It’s no surprise that nobody likes Metro in Windows. That’s why I’m happy to bring you a report on another rumor about Windows 8.1 Update 1. WZOR has once again shared some details about the upcoming update and it’s nothing but good news: Amongst other changes, Windows 8.1 Update 1 will boot directly to the desktop from the get-go. The Verge reports that these changes are coming because there are very few PC users who use touch; they mostly use a traditional keyboard-and-mouse setup. I’ll offer some of my own speculation that these changes won’t be finding their way to Windows RT 8.1 Update 1, but one can certainly hope.

Other changes in Windows 8.1 Update 1 include ways to make Metro-style apps more accessible to Windows users. Like real desktop applications, the Metro-style apps now sport a title bar, right-click program icon, a minimize and a close button. This arrangement of buttons, especially how they’re arranged in Update 1 makes me feel like I’m using Windows 3.1, but I’ll let you be the judge of that:

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In any event, the new titlebar seems to mostly be for show as it doesn’t seem possible to run the Metro-style apps in a window. Such a feature is rumored to be added in Windows “Threshold” and what we see here is probably the introduction to it. And speaking of Windows 9, with all the backing up Microsoft is doing in Windows 8.1 Update 1, maybe Windows will once again be a competent OS.

Source: WZOR (Google Translate)
Via: The Verge
Program Manager Screenshot Credit: GUIdebook Gallery


Your supercomputer is on its way

Mac Pro Build-To-Order orders start shipping




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Let’s be honest here – if you’re in the market for a new, beautiful, but undoubtably expensive¬†Mac Pro, you were probably tempted by the even more expensive build to order options. Don’t worry, don’t worry – there’s no shame in admitting it – I browsed through that order page as well. If so, you’ll be happy to know that your build-to-order Mac Pro has likely either already shipped or about to ship.

Mass reports have indicated that Apple has begun shipping the first batch of build-to-order units, some of which are slated to arrive as soon as today. Those who were first out the gate in ordering a standard model have likely been playing with theirs for a couple of days now, but hey, a little patience may have been worth it for that supercomputer you’re about to have arrive on your doorstep. Just make sure that you’re actually¬†there when UPS arrives at your doorstep, okay?

Source: MacRumors