Great tips, but these personalizations fix what wasn't broken in the first place. Covering my desktop with tiles or having rows and rows of icons on the task bar (while not being able to tell what's open?) are both space and time-wasters.
And why should familiarity be a bad thing? I'm trying to work here. I frequently have 12 apps and 4 Explorer windows open, while dealing with coworkers. If the Microsoft folks were designing cars, the steering wheel would be moved and changed to a touch pad.
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