Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th Aug 2013 02:06 UTC

I know a lot of folks are eager to find out when they will be able to get Windows 8.1. I am excited to share that starting at 12:00am on October 18th in New Zealand (that's 4:00am October 17th in Redmond), Windows 8.1 will begin rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers on Windows 8 through the Windows Store. Windows 8.1 will also be available at retail and on new devices starting on October 18th by market. So mark your calendars!

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by MOS6510 on Thu 15th Aug 2013 04:31 UTC
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I'm still playing around with Windows 8. There is a lot to like (and not to like).

When people promote Windows 8 or Windows Phone apparently the Live Tiles are often named the killer feature.

Personally I think they are overrated.

In Windows 8 you only see them on the Start screen. I.e. when your not using your computer for anything. When you do use your computer you don't see any live tiles.

I guess you can stop doing what you are doing and visit your live tiles. But then I have a living Facebook tile, I see a post from someone, but I only see part of it. So I click on it, the Facebook application launches and his post is nowhere to be seen. Not even by scrolling way down.

In fact a number of tiles provide partial information, useless information or both. I'm not even sure about some if I need to start the application first for it so show any or current information or not.

My WP7 phone is even worse as Live Tiles often don't update (correctly).

I'd rather have a Status screen than a Start screen. A screen containing pointers at all unread messages, the weather, todo, calendar, eBay stuff, application updates, etc... Just a screen with info, not a mix of live tiles (that are mostly useless) and dead tiles to make it more messy.

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