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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Eating humble pie...
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 17th Oct 2013 18:28 UTC
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I helped a friend (who is decidedly not a tech blog reader) buy a laptop recently. I had heard negative things about windows 8 from them personally, so I was kind of shocked that they wanted windows 8 on the new laptop. I sat down with them to help them set it up, it turns out that this person now loves windows 8. There is a learning curve, but apparently its not that steep and somethings they added are a big hit ( like the curated app store).

I think at some point it will at least stop being a negative for people and they'll just accept that this is the way computers are now. Personally, I'll stick to a more traditional interface on KDE for now.

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