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[4]: Start Button Useless??
by Nelson on Thu 27th Jun 2013 00:12 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Start Button Useless??"
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Not quite. The whole point is that Microsoft believes that touch is the future of general purpose computers. That day may come, but it's not today no matter how much they try to push it.

That day is fast approaching, and we're much closer than we were even when Windows 8 launched. Intel's Haswell push, as well as the cost of touch panels going down is going to have an extreme effect on the industry.

OEMs are starting to get a feel for the form factors that work and the ones that don't.

By completely forgetting about their corporate, government and small business customers, they are cutting off vital revenue streams moving forward. IT departments are already notoriously timid about change, and though Windows 7 is a stellar OS its adoption is only recently gaining ground.

They weren't going to upgrade to Windows 8 in droves anyway. Most of them had just rolled out Windows 7.

Microsoft has the enterprise pretty much in a choke hold. Not so much with small businesses because the Windows licensing for enterprise (particularly Windows RT and InTune licensing) sucks for small businesses.

For medium to large businesses InTune is making crazy inroads (Its $1B business already) so is subscription based Office 365, Windows Azure, Dynamics CRM, and their other enterprise offerings

Windows on a Tablet for enterprises is a no brainer. They can manage thin, light, fast+fluid tablets that employees desire by using familiar management tools. Its an enterprise wet dream.

InTune makes sure that if you're going the BYOD route, you're doing it using Microsoft's stack.

Furthermore, Microsoft is pivoting into a Services role, which allows it to extract revenue from even non-Windows devices.

Look at Yammer which has had explosive growth in the year since Microsoft acquired it for an example.

Given the heterogeneous future we're faced with I think its the right play.

But looking towards 8.1, there are more management features, more group policies, boot to Desktop, improvements to Metro UI + Platform, etc.

For Microsoft as a whole they announced a doubling down on their Startup Accelerator and funding programs.

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