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PC Advisor's most commented stories of the week – September 16 2011

The buring tech issues our readers have been voicing their opinions on

There's no doubt Microsoft's unveiling of Windows 8 dominated the tech news over the past seven days, and unsurprisingly our readers were very vocal on the next iteration of the operating system. But it wasn't just Microsoft that got them fired up this week. Ofcom, the cloud and what to do if you find an iPhone were all subjects that had them voicing their opinions. Here's our five most commented stories of the past week.

Windows 8: All you need to know

After much speculation, Microsoft finally revealed a "reimagined" Windows, which boasts a very different, tile-based user interface called Metro based on Windows Phone , this week. Windows 8 is touch-savvy, runs on ARM processors as well as Intel x86 chips, and yet will also work on traditional keyboard-and-mouse PCs and run anything that runs on Windows 7. We took a look at everything you need to know about the next iteration of Windows.
ArtSale2.com said the "Problem with Windows 8 is the fact it is aimed mainly at general users and forgets business and power users such as developers, web designers, graphic designers etc. Microsoft products are catering for uneducated computer users and forgetting people can be trained as well as forgetting about professional computer users."
Meanwhile Allan Shotton said "I pay another £150 for Windows 8 and use the desktop app (windows 7 by any chance) and as I don't use a touchscreen or want microsoft apps -just programs that work - I get no improvements and a system clogged up with crap."

I found an iPhone, can I use it?

At some point in time you've probably found lost property in the street. But while you might not think twice about picking up someone's old jumper, a smartphone might be a different matter. We aimed to put the record straight on just what UK law says about finding lost property.
Soulman wanted to know "what happened to hand it in to the police, it's not yours?".
Meanwhile syymwolf told us about his experience of finding a Blackberry Touch phone. "I took it to the police Station and was told that "We do not Return phones to the finder for security reasons". I asked if they could remove the SIM card and return it to me and they said No," he said.
"I was spoken to as if I had done something wrong! No thank you or anything. So if I ever find anything in the future I'm afraid I shall keep it or throw it away."

Microsoft, Google suffer outages: can you trust the Cloud?

If it's not Google Docs or Gmail, then it's Microsoft's Office 365, Hotmail, and SkyDrive suffering outage. According to one PC Advisor writer, the issues encountered over the past week or so - and the sporadic-but-too-frequent-to-ignore outages before that - raise serious questions about just how dependable cloud-based services really are.
However, Sirjohng wanted to know where our writer had been hiding for the past few years.
"You make this cloud outage problem sound as if it has only just been recognised.
No-one in their right mind would rely on the cloud as its main operating and data system. Apart from local cable theft, cable vandalism, ISP throttling, server outages and the like, there is the problem of 'accidental severing of undersea cables to contend with."

Ofcom bans rollover broadband and phone contracts

Ofcom announced this week that broadband and landline contracts that automatically roll-over after the minimum contract period has ended unless Brits opt-out, are to be banned from December.
But Jayprime wanted to know when OfCom going to insist that email addresses should be transferable between different providers.
"Why is it that because you change from, for instance, Virgin Media to BTinternet, you automatically are forced to change email addresses, no matter how many you might have, and notify the change(s) to all your myriad Contacts?"
Tom suggested getting a free webmail address from the likes of Google or Yahoo as "then it doesn't matter when you change your internet provider."

Android pushes past Apple in smartphone league

This week it was also revealed that Google Android is fast becoming the smartphone operating system of choice in Europe, with a year-on-year growth of 16.2 percent. Apple's iPhone saw only a slight rise of 1.2 percent, marginally below the 1.5 percent increase for BlackBerry smartphones.
Condom wasn't the least bit surprised that Apple is sliding in popularity.
"Because of the hassle of being tied into iTunes and that monstrosity called Quick Time Apple have left themselves open to people wanting to change as soon as another decent phone hit the market," he said.

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