Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Jun 2013 16:41 UTC
Windows Microsoft has released the Windows 8.1 preview for download, but they region-locked it to 13 specific languages, and Dutch is not one of them. So, even though my Surface RT has been completely and utterly English from the day I bought it, I can't install Windows 8.1 and tell you something about it. Those of you who can download it, why don't you tell us what it's like - or you can head to The Verge who got early access. In case you couldn't tell, I'm a little annoyed that we're arbitrarily being left out once again.
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Classic Shell and Start8 do it better
by cmost on Thu 27th Jun 2013 00:33 UTC
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Frankly, Stardock's Start8 and the free tool Classic Shell do a much better job of recreating the Windows 7 style (or even XP's if one chooses) and bypassing Metro than Microsoft's half-hearted effort. I hope there's a way to disable Microsoft's start menu in favor of one of the aforementioned better alternatives. Stardock is even trialling a beta version of Windowblinds and Object desktop that brings back Windows Aero. Does anyone else think Windows 8's flat boring window borders are a step backward?

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