Tablet Mode: Windows 10 vs Windows 8

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50 thoughts on “Tablet Mode: Windows 10 vs Windows 8

  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    Bing Smart Search on Windows 8.1 was the best. It had contextual answers and a sleek UI. Searching via Cortana just isn't the same.

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    Couldn't agree more. Microsoft made some very unfortunate steps backwards. It's a shame that people didn't realized all the beauty and thoughtfulness of Win 8.1. Still I think Win has an Edge on other platforms with the live tiles and the ability to deep linking, although these features are not as heavily promoted anymore.

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    I sue surface pro 4 without keyboard and always in tablet mode, I know the pain 🙁

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    I think that Microsoft achived the "Apple design quality" with Windows 8 and Phone, being bold and nostalgic at the same time (maybe trying to "recreate" the Windows 95 ideology). But with Windows 10, they give up of everything trying to push an "Android feel" (if you used a Windows Phone and the 10 Mobile after, you probably had this feeling), when the UI was already perfect and showing personality… I was a huge fan of 8 and Phone 8 but Microsoft killed (again) Windows with 10/Mobile to me.

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    Totally agree with all the points here. I could forgive the half-finished tablet experience when Win10 first launched but it's been years now and it's barely been touched.Lets all get onto the feedback hub and express our displeasure at the slow progress.

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    Huh? Zac, I thought you said you preferred the Windows 10 tablet mode over the Windows 8/8.1 style 3 years ago… guess 3 years brings up a change of taste huh? Personally though, I like Windows 10's Tablet Mode, to me it's in par with 8.1's tablet UX, Windows 10's tablet UX has some shortcomings and upsides over 8.1's and 8.1's has some shortcomings and upsides over 10's, but still I would like to see Microsoft improve Windows 10's tablet mode, we saw an improvement with the November 2015 Update, and the Anniversary Update, then they halted after then like there were no changes with the Creator's Update and so on, the touch keyboard is getting some new features so it's getting somewhere… but I would like to see more improvements on the Windows 10 Start Screen and toss in a few new features that can make it fun to use.

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    I just don't get why they devolved so much over win8.1 – i mean tablet mode is it's own mode … what is so hard in having that look and work like it did in win8.1? the way it is working now it is an active deterrant to using windows on a tablet or 2in1 in tablet mode.

    they are ruining their potential (again)

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    As windows 10 is more efficient (also hardware is better), windows team could offer a theme that transforms the UI into an 8.1 experience

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    Far out! I feel almost embarrassed when I tell people I liked 8.1 better. They just don't get it. Why did Ms get rid of the Swipe left function!! It was the BEST! Windows 10 with these features would be perfect for me!

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    If they even added/integrated some of the Windows 10 mobile touch UI transitions and experience it would be a bit better. It couldn't hurt either way…

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    It shows how literal/inflexible/stubborn microsoft is. It feels like it hates people deep inside their heart and soul. MS disregarded desktop users with win8, desktop users complained so ms brought desktop back in win10 but left tablet users behind.

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    Well said, Zack! Windows 8 was before its time, 10 is great but the tablet mode is a 'nothing' experience.

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    Windows 8 does actually maximize desktop apps automatically but only on small tablets. Unfortunately there is no way to force this on or off other than possibly faking the EDID data.

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    Win 10 was a compromise because they insist on keeping a unified OS. Win8 was perfect Tablet/Phone/Band/mobile OS/UI. Windows 7 was best Desktop/business os/ui. they should have stayed separate. Desktops are still being used and necessary, you cant make them accept tablet UI and vice versa.

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    The other thing I miss from Windows 8? The brightness slider!!! Setting brightness adjustment to a single button is just crap tbh, going from dark to suggested doesn't do much and going from suggested to brighter is like turning the lights on in a dark room.

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    I remember when I first tried Windows 8 in a laptop. I initially didn't like it because it was a big change from Windows 7. Then I got my first tablet with Windows 8.1. I fell in love with it! So beautiful, so smooth… I really miss all those features you mentioned.

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    I think the main problem is performance. W10 included so many VFX (…good and hot VFX, I actually like it a lot, and think W8 is waaaay too flat) it made it heavier to handle. To follow along a gesture with animatio, you must have performance reaaaally optimized. And W10 doesn't. I use W10 in a Tablet, and it is kinda' sad. it just can't keep up with its own native resolution – I have to reduce resolution to something like 25% the actual screen resolution to be able to play solitaire… so the cards will actually keep up with my fingers.

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    It will be more cooler if start menu have at least animation backgrounds like Windows 8 did with the start screen
    that it'll work for both Windows 10 start menu and start screen

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    I agree with most of your points except the one about the window animation. There is no need for a window to do a couple of backflips to come into view. Perhaps a more subtle scale and fade into view.

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    I guess Microsoft got hammered by wasd +mouse community for win 8 UI. They r yet to iron out tablet UI for w10. Hope they continue to work on it.

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    DirectUI Start Screen is much better than XAML Start Menu and Upscalling Tablet Mode. Microsoft should back to DirectUI again.

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    windows 8.1 tablet mode was buggy as crap , yes it had some gesture support and pretty effects but those of us that used it on a daily basis knew it was trash . Internet explorer touch was completely garbage and crashed frequently losing all the open tabs making the experience terrible compared to windows 10 which at least is super stable with simpler way to switch through things , example if you have 5 different windows open , it was almost impossible to view all of them quickly on windows 8 compared to windows 10 . Also to simply turn bluetooth off or on you would have to take a trip deep in to the then useless setings apps of windows 8 compared to useful windows 10 .
    Windows 8 = gimmicky useless peice of crap , Windows 10 = plain , simple but useful OS .

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    TBH I liked the windows 8.1 start menu and touchpad gestures a lot, they feel more intuitive on both tablets and desktops/laptops. The Windows 10 implement is somewhat janky to use.

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    This is so frustrating! I really like my Surface, but the gesture interface is unbearable, and there are no excuses for that nowadays.

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    I couldn't agree with you more on this – I felt disappointed from day 1 with the tablet experience on Windows 10. Why did they change it at all? All they needed to do was make the desktop experience better but leave the tablet mode as it was. Oh well.

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    Windows 10s tablet mod is not only a serious downgrad in terms of touch usability and functionality, it's also extremely buggy. The overwie of open apps that opens when you pin an app to the side almost never works and there are a lot of animation failures. I thought this terrible experience would be amog the first things Microsoft would fix with their Functionality Updates but they evidently don't care. They didnt even bother to make the explorer usable with touch.

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    Windows 8.1, with touch was better than Windows 10 Tablet mode: The charm bar is really useful,and easy to use, the gestures are cool, and you can even disable them in settings, a thing that you can't do in Windows 10

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    did windows user actually switched to tablet mode nobody even used it both of them are sucks windows pc and always desktop no tablet no phone

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    Check also split screen behaviour please. In windows 8 when you split screen and wanted to switch to another app and back again to two split screens they were remain unchanged while Windows 10 very often "forget" your previous setup. For it was me the most irritating experience after upgrade to the 10.

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    I literally never use the tablet mode on my tablet. I just set up desktop icons, scale up the UI, set the start menu to full screen, and then I'm done. Honestly I've never really understood the point in tablet mode, i'd need fingers the size of my fist to need massive squares to tap on. The tablet mode is just a stripped down version of full screen start menu. And I prefer being able to window switch, get at all the settings etc. I also hated having to use the charms menu. For me, windows 10 is much better. Then just need more gestures, and to fine tune the UI elements (for touch). I could care less about the prettiness, and the animations, but probably full screen start/tablet mode should have some of that parallax/motion goodness that's supposed to be incoming. Honestly we are only really getting to useable tablet's now because shapewriting has been missing this whole time. That's the NUMBER ONE thing, that windows on a tablet has been missing (to which I would add, a gesture substitute for mouse over like two fingers for mouse over), and I have no idea why it's taken so long.

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    Same was true when you compare Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile, I noticed. The step down from 8.1 to 10 in its fit and finish is absolutely palpable. Every aspect of Windows 8.1 on phones and tablets alike, just oozed with movement, charm and personality. Windows 10 is overall a better and more versatile OS than its predecessor (same on mobile, even though it launched buggy as shit and now it's dead), but man they have jumped all the way back to being a boring, utilitarian experience that is functional but absolutely no fun.

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    That's why I am thinking about switching to Mac Os. Microsoft creates and destroy too many stuff. I'm stick with a 950XL with a dead OS after paying 500$ for it. Microsoft doesn't know how to take care of customers

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    The thing is, even on a track pad or mouse the gestures were great on windows 8.1, they were really thought out and intuitive, i didn't have touch screen laptop but using these gestures through the Trackad was a breeze and I loved it. If only people gave it a chance 😑

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    I watched this expecting some sort of amazing announcement at the end… but alas it was just a moan and groan video. Wasted 13 minutes of my time. This is almost a 'click bait' video.

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