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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by pandronic on Thu 27th Jun 2013 06:44 UTC
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Do they allow Metro apps to run in the background like normal apps on non-battery powered devices at least?

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by Nelson on Thu 27th Jun 2013 11:19 in reply to "Comment"
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They can run in the background under more scenarios with 8.1, for example there are additional OS level events which can trigger an app to start processing in the background.

As far as unfettered access to system resources, the answer is no.

Where on Windows Phone it may be a little more missed, the multitasking capabilities on Windows 8 and 8.1 are vastly more comprehensive.

It is unfortunate that not all scenarios are supported, but it is expanding and doing so in a thoughtful way. In fact, way more than I miss expansive (and often wasteful) multitasking, I miss dynamic code execution and JITs even more. We need dynamic code execution for the Windows Runtime. I'm disappointed they did not add it in this release.

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