With the understanding that there's only so much time in the day, at some point we realized that much of the feedback we got thought UserVoice would need to be acted on for whatever post-1.0 releases. And while we can't fully resolve all of this immediately, let me quickly step through the list and see what we can do about this feedback.
Here's what we've gotten so far, and our proposals for dealing with this feedback. (Each has been edited for brevity, and I've removed a few that were duplicates or close enough.)
When to use a Modern app over other choices. If there is choice between a web App, a desktop application, or a Modern App, what are the benefits of using one over the other?
This will be covered in a future update to the book. For 1.0, we focused largely on what's new and most of that is of course the Modern apps. But we'll covering desktop and web-based replacements where possible/necessary in future updates.
Why people, why? Why do people think they need a start menu?
This is not really a topic for a book and is more of a commentary type topic. The goal of the book is to help people best use what's available.
Teach how to install, close and use Modern apps.
We feel like a huge chunk of the book is already devoted to this topic.
Describe how to customize a Windows recovery image. I don't want the PC maker's crapware installed when I recover Windows.
This will absolutely be part of a future edition of the book.
We originally intended to cover Windows 8.1 business topics in the book, and will be adding more of this content in future updates.
Usage scenarios. Add a chapter (or section) focusing on different W8.1 usage scenarios/use cases: Desktop Mostly, Start Screen mostly, Media consumption; touch-focused scenarios, Keyboard/Mouse focused, Other UX scenarios.
This is a great idea. We'll look at incorporating this kind of thing in future updates.
Navigation. I'll probably print the entire book when it's done but leaving it as a PDF On my iPad for now it would be nice to have a 'back to contents' button on each page.
Not sure about a specific navigation thing like that, as we're trying to keep the manuscript as clean as possible and not create various different versions that would have to be updated separately. But we are examining printed book options and will have something to share soon.
Speech Recognition How-to (Win vs Win RT?). If this works offline on tablets - that would influence my next tablet/laptop choice.
This isn't high on the list per se, but as we do fill in missing content in future updates, it makes sense to discuss all of the Ease of Access functionality, both in the Modern environment and on the desktop.
Start Button replacement/ Start8 and ModernMix. Take a look at StartIsBack as the replacement for the Start8 application. Have you included any info on using Windows 8.1 with Start8 and/or ModernMix installed?
We will be adding a minimal amount of content about Start button and Start menu replacements and other useful third party add-ons in a future update to the book.
More File History content. I'd love to learn more about the file history features of windows 8. I turned it on and can see some of what it's doing, but I'm sure it's doing stuff I don't see. How many previous versions does it store, when does it make the copies, what options are available for setting it up and recovering files?
We will look at expanding the File History content that is already in the book. Also will be adding a section about Storage Spaces.
Moving personal folders to a second hard drive. Including moving Public folders to a second hard drive.
This is covered but perhaps not deeply enough. There are two primary use cases here: A standard PC with two hard drives or a tablet with a micro-SD card. So we touch on both but maybe not completely. We'll look at this.
Keyboard shortcuts in Windows 8.1. A list of keyboard shortcuts that make windows 8.1 easier to navigate. I've got several, but I know there are some great time savers I'm missing out on.
We were careful to cover keyboard shortcuts throughout the book, but like the idea of a keyboard shortcut list, perhaps an appendix. We'll add this.
SkyDrive name change. Edit Files section to reflect SkyDrive name change to OneDrive.
This has been done.
How to avoid using Microsoft login to download games. I'd really like to know how to download the "free" games from the Microsoft store to my Win 8.1 surface Pro 2 without changing my login to my Microsoft login. I use a "local" login on purpose. Why can't I simply use my Microsoft login to connect?
Since there's no way to do that, we won't be covering it in the book.
Windows 8.1 recovery features. What recovery options exist for Windows 8.1. What tools does Microsoft provide users to recover from system crashes including a full hard drive crash. Can I make a bootable recovery DVD to reinstall on a new drive? Lots of questions here.
We feel like this is adequately covered in the Backup and Recovery chapter.
Section/Page direct access. Put section/page hyperlinks into PDF, Mobi and EPUB Table of Contents for easier access to what we're looking for.
This is already in the book.
Clean install details: Performing a clean install of 8.1 from DVD/USB. Unsure if you've already discussed this in great detail.
This is already in the book.
Customize the full apps list. On previous versions of Windows, it was possible to reorder, rename, delete, and generally organize the apps listed in the start menu. The same file structure seems to exist in Windows 8, but it doesn't seem to change the full apps list as it did the start menu in older releases. Is there a way to customize this list?
No, the Apps screen works differently than did the old Start menu.
System files fix when sfc fails. How can you repair system files when sfc cmd fails?
This is a pretty specific and esoteric question. We don't even cover the SFC in the book, let alone troubleshooting it. We'll look into this.
Close Metro Apps when Switcher is Disabled (Desktop). If one disables the Switcher, then it's really hard to close Metro apps. The only way I know is to use the Task Manager.
This has been improved in the Windows 8.1 Update, which his now covered in the book.
Not Obvious but useful and Cool things you can do with W8.1. A (not so obvious, but cool) Tips & Tricks treatment. This could be done as a separate chapter or as sidebars at appropriate points throughout the book, perhaps covering apps beyond the ones everybody talks about (FB, Twitter, Weather, Music, etc.) -- ones that are really useful cool, but may not be easy to find in the store.
We don't want to write too much about apps that are not included with Windows as the book is already long enough. That said, we do like the idea of "jazzing" up the book visually with tip boxes and so on. We'll look at doing so in future updates.
Windows 8.1 start screen organization. Show how to organize Start screen apps into groups and name them.
This is already covered in the book.
Switching from Gmail to Outlook.com. I'd like to see a very balanced article on the pros and cons of WETHER I should switch from Gmail to Outlook.com: What do I gain? What do I lose? Is it worth it?
This is not a topic for a Windows book, sorry.
Restoring backups from Windows 7. If you can provide steps on how to recover files that were backed up using Windows 7 Backup to Windows 8.1, that'd be great. It isn't quite the no-brainer process I expected it to be. There doesn't seem to be an easy way to do this, which really surprises me.
This is a good idea for a topic addition. We'll try to add this in a future update.
Use a photo for your start screen background. A new feature I like is the ability to have my desktop wallpaper appear as background on the Start screen. Show people how this is done. Again a basic function but one that some people will love and is hard to discover.
This is already covered in the book.
Manage using the Windows 8.1 desktop without the help of Modern UI. Manage the desktop without dropping into the Modern UI.
This is already covered in the book, but with regards to a previous suggestion about scenarios/use cases, this would of course be a good addition there, so it will likely be added that way regardless.
You can see our formal responses to all of the feedback—remember, some have been merged here—on our UserVoice-based Windows 8.1 Field Guide Book Feedback site.