Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 7th Mar 2014 00:12 UTC

Microsoft finalized its upcoming Windows 8.1 Update recently, but the company appears to be sharing it a little early today. While the software maker is expected to release the update officially in April, Microsoft has only detailed a few of the features in the update and has not yet provided an official release date. Links to download a final version of the Windows 8.1 Update, thanks to Microsoft’s Windows Update service, have been discovered. A series of patches are required to obtain the full update, but once installed the new desktop-friendly features are enabled.The update can be downloaded via a registry change, or through direct links, but we recommend waiting for Microsoft to officially release it through the normal Windows Update channels in April.

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MS is confused
by p13. on Fri 7th Mar 2014 08:00 UTC
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They really don't know what direction to take.

Anyway ... more options is good in my book. A lot of people seem to be complaining, but i don't see how more options is a bad thing.

My two cents:
Windows 8 isn't selling to their main market, ie the enterprise market. They know they have a big problem. I just think it's weird that they're not addressing this very issue. Companies that do buy hardware with win8 on it are downgrading.

The consumer PC market has been winding down for quite a while now, and win8 isn't helping. So as far as the consumer market is concerned, the push to the cloud has at least one advantage in my book ... people aren't obsessed with upgrading their hardware/os anymore.

PERSONALLY, i think win8 is shit. It's a usability nightmare.

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