Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Oct 2013 13:33 UTC

Less than a year ago we were preparing to launch Windows 8, which introduced our vision of highly personalized mobile computing. And here we are today announcing the global availability of Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 demonstrates our commitment to continuously improving the product to create a richer customer experience. We are excited to have customers start updating their devices today and getting to experience new Windows devices this holiday season.

Out now for free for everyone with Windows 8.

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RE[2]: Comment by Wafflez
by WorknMan on Thu 17th Oct 2013 17:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Wafflez"
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One year ago, you had to use the new Start Screen, because Microsoft decided it for you.
Now, you have to use the new Start Button, because Microsoft decided it for you.

Actually, you don't have to do either one. It takes all but 5 minutes to install Classic Shell or Start8, and then you're done. But a year after the fact and people are still bitching about it.

'But why should I have to install a 3rd party util to have the OS do something that it should do out of the box?' Well, a few things here:

- When it comes to 3rd party utils on Windows, how many of us have never installed Teracopy, or ProcessExplorer, or a Windows Explorer replacement, or any number of other 3rd party utils to enhance the OS? Hell, in Windows 7, I used to have to install DaemonTools (to mount native ISOs) and Ultramon (to get task bars on multiple monitors), but I don't need either of these two on Windows 8. I also don't need USB 3.0 drivers, and the built-in task manager is actually decent.

- Windows isn't the only one ripping out features - think stock Android as well. (SD cards, support for non-standard bluetooth game controllers, CIFS, etc)

- The reason that Classic Shell was invented in the first place is because people hated the Start menu in Windows 7, so that certainly ain't a WIndows 8 thing ;)

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