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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Win8.1 is still a disappointment
by MadRat on Fri 18th Oct 2013 04:53 UTC
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The GUI is everything to the end user. When people buy Microsoft Windows they expect the conditioned look and feel of Windows complete with a Start Menu. The 8.1 Start Button is a hollow compromise.

If Metro had been linked to in the Startup where users decide (or group policy dictates) which to open, the Desktop as has evolved or METRO. The latter would have been the killer ap. instead an unfamiliar Startup look and feel whacked the customer in the face.

METRO isn't all that bad on a touchscreen. I think it sucks on a traditional mouse & keyboard combination. If its geared for the touchscreen user then I'm sure people with touchscreens would have preferred the METRO option. Tablet and touchscreen desktop user experience would have been happy to stick with this new killer ap, driving the new era for Microsoft.

Instead we got what appears to be this wolf pretending to be a sheep.

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