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]: 8.1 is still a botch job.
by shotsman on Thu 27th Jun 2013 07:26 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: 8.1 is still a botch job."
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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M.Onty Member since:
2009-10-23

Ok so W8 is faster than W7. so what!

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


Credit where credit's due, Microsoft could have continued to have added bloat to the x86 versions of Windows to artificially induce better sales, but have instead made Windows faster in two consecutive releases. I can't imagine its helping PC sales, as someone says above, but it is good for users & we do notice, especially after someone lets a couple of prime offenders like McAfee & Adobe loose on the hard drive. Here's hoping they try & get the install size down next.

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