Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Sep 2013 21:24 UTC

Starting today, we will extend availability of our current Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM builds to the developer and IT professional communities via MSDN and TechNet subscriptions. The Windows 8.1 RTM Enterprise edition will be available through MSDN and TechNet for businesses later this month.

Developers had been asking for this.

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RE: Reverse Course
by bassbeast on Tue 10th Sep 2013 05:49 UTC in reply to "Reverse Course"
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Until/unless they get somebody with some actual common sense in the big chair (if it turns out to be Elop sell any MS stock, he is a yes man and hasn't ever had an original thought) you can give it up!

For those that say "Oh its the users, they are luddites, they refuse to embrace innovation" tell me this...why do you drive your car with a steering wheel? Its obvious that bikes are the wave of the future, they outsell cars by a large margin...are you a luddite? Why are you not embracing innovation?

I'll tell you why you drive not with handlebars but with a wheel because a UI designed for one job doesn't automatically work well in others and a touch UI will NEVER, I repeat NEVER beat a keyboard and mouse when it comes to desktops and laptops!

The desk and laptop will NEVER be touch either, anybody believes that is as batty as Balmer and the reason why is simple...pick up your tablet or phone right now, hold it like you are using it, ready? Look down, you are holding it like a book with your arms in front of you in a relaxed position...this is not how you use a laptop or desktop as that is vertical and NOT HORIZONTAL,see why Win 8 is full of fail now?

Sorry about the length but Win 8 drives me up a wall, its like it was designed by hipsters with ZERO knowledge of UI conventions or even of how the product would be used! Its like MSFT designed an OS for polka dot PCs only and on anything else it ran like crap...would you think that was innovative? So why would you think a hamfisted grab at the tablet market by forcing a tablet UI where it doesn't belong is good? Google doesn't do this, they have Android for mobile and ChromeOS for desktop, same with Apple and OSX/iOS,because "one UI to rule them all" just sucks. I'll end with this perfect example of why its a fail,BTW click on his username and he has a video of him actually doing the test he talks about in the video, count how many times he says "I don't want that" and "stop" because the OS is fighting him..

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