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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Classic Shell and Start8 do it better
by cmost on Thu 27th Jun 2013 00:33 UTC
cmost
Member since:
2006-07-16

Frankly, Stardock's Start8 and the free tool Classic Shell do a much better job of recreating the Windows 7 style (or even XP's if one chooses) and bypassing Metro than Microsoft's half-hearted effort. I hope there's a way to disable Microsoft's start menu in favor of one of the aforementioned better alternatives. Stardock is even trialling a beta version of Windowblinds and Object desktop that brings back Windows Aero. Does anyone else think Windows 8's flat boring window borders are a step backward?

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judgen Member since:
2006-07-12

Flat is in right now, trends will shift and it will be out again soon enough. But i agree it is not as pleasing as any of the previous iterations from 3.0 onwards to me.

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TemporalBeing Member since:
2007-08-22

Flat is in right now, trends will shift and it will be out again soon enough. But i agree it is not as pleasing as any of the previous iterations from 3.0 onwards to me.


Only a trend for Microsoft. Android certainly isn't following it, and IMHO, Android (2.3 and 4.x) both look a lot better than Win8's flat style does.

The problem MS had was that all their neat graphical stuff they did for Aero didn't work well for performance in the mobile space. So rather than fix their performance functions (which KDE4 on similar devices seems easily able to accomplish) they just gutted it all out and said "flat is the new trend", trying to jump start a Fashion wave because they want to be like Steve Jobs, only they aren't.

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benytocamela Member since:
2013-05-16

I personally prefer the new flat look, and the desktop experience with 3rd party add ons (I like Pokki) is alright.

Frankly the desktop now looks much better than under previous iterations of Windows, which tended to clash with my own personal sense of aesthetics. However, I think the flat look does not lend itself well to the touch experience.

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