Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Jun 2013 16:41 UTC
Windows Microsoft has released the Windows 8.1 preview for download, but they region-locked it to 13 specific languages, and Dutch is not one of them. So, even though my Surface RT has been completely and utterly English from the day I bought it, I can't install Windows 8.1 and tell you something about it. Those of you who can download it, why don't you tell us what it's like - or you can head to The Verge who got early access. In case you couldn't tell, I'm a little annoyed that we're arbitrarily being left out once again.
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RE[2]: 8.1 is still a botch job.
by benytocamela on Wed 26th Jun 2013 21:28 UTC in reply to "RE: 8.1 is still a botch job."
benytocamela
Member since:
2013-05-16

the placebo effect makes the world go round...

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

There are genuine and tangible improvements in performance for Windows 8 over Windows 7.

With Windows 8.1, particularly inside of Metro Apps, the performance gains over Windows 8 are especially impressive after playing around with it.

Disk Space taken up by Windows 8.1 has also gone down pretty significantly.

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benytocamela Member since:
2013-05-16

Microsoft's improvements of their codebase may be tangible. But the Core2 Quad test machine I have running Windows 8 not only "feels" significantly slower than the i7 rig running Windows 7 right next to it, but bechmarks much poorer as well. And that's not only totally expected, but I would have seriously suspected Microsoft had managed to break some law of physics if the situation had been reversed.

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shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

Ok so W8 is faster than W7. so what!

For most people speed isn't critical but usability is.

For me, W8 is a complete non starter. It just gets in the way far too much and W7 was bad enough.

I make a living Developing applications for Server 2008/12 not using MS tools (lots of Java and other stuff). Using them in a W8 desktop is pure living hell.
As a result I've installed Server 2008 on my laptop. At least it keeps out of the way most of the time. Server 2012 runs in VM's.
W8 is just unworkable/unusable and after 40+ years in development, it takes a really bad system for me to say that. Now, on a tablet with W8 then things may well be better but I don't have any experience with one to say (I use Android Tablets.)

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