Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Jul 2013 16:02 UTC
Windows "Windows 8.1 RTM will be available for OEM partners in late August. This means OEMs will be able to get the RTM bits and begin preparing devices with Windows 8.1 just in time for the holidays! We’ll have more details to share in the coming months for consumers and other customers on how to get Windows 8.1." So far, Windows 8.1 has been a massive improvement over Windows 8 on my Surface RT - except for the total system crashes (including shrieking sounds) Skype causes a few times per week.
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Comment by lucas_maximus
by lucas_maximus on Mon 8th Jul 2013 17:14 UTC
lucas_maximus
Member since:
2009-08-18

http://www.hanselman.com/blog/10NewFeaturesInWindows81PreviewThatSa...

TBH, I don't use a surface, I could probably use the newer outlook but 2007 seems good enough for me at home.

Will be upgrading my main machine once this comes out or I have a set of replacement SSDs for the ones that died.

I like the metro improvements, I would like better application tiling as tbh the split has been only been useful for IM and a few other choice applications.

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RE: Comment by lucas_maximus
by BushLin on Mon 8th Jul 2013 18:38 in reply to "Comment by lucas_maximus"
BushLin Member since:
2011-01-26

I'm just being facetious as there's plenty of good content in that link but I can't ignore that the article is called:

"10 New Features in Windows 8.1 Preview that saved my Surface RT"

and then the first entry in the list is.... *drumroll*

"Being able to use your Desktop Wallpaper as your Start Menu background"

What a killer feature! ;)

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RE[2]: Comment by lucas_maximus
by Nelson on Mon 8th Jul 2013 19:14 in reply to "RE: Comment by lucas_maximus"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

I felt the same way until I tried it. It makes a difference in making both the Desktop and new Modern environment one cohesive thing.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I know what you mean. Fair point.

I posted these here because they were a good run down of some of the positive things.

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RE: Comment by lucas_maximus
by bassbeast on Tue 9th Jul 2013 01:33 in reply to "Comment by lucas_maximus"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Win 8.1 will fail just as Win 8 failed and the reason why is simple....its a touch UI and more than 98% of the PCs made or being made IS NOT TOUCH ENABLED!

This is like coming out with a version of windows that ONLY works well on polka dotted PCs...do YOU own a polka dot PC? me neither. Hell even my local Walmart has a grand total of 2 touch enabled PCs and both suuuuck, with really weak sauce chips to try to keep the price down since large touchscreens are still a major expense.

I'm sorry Windows 8 fans but you are in a TINY minority, in fact I've had more work wiping win 8 for 7 than I had wiping Vista for XP, folks DO NOT LIKE the whole "LOL I Iz a Cellphone,LOL Appstorez" feel on Windows 8 and while i had no problem adapting even to the funkier UIs like some of the offbeat Linux or really niche like Haiku even i was bashing my head against the keyboard thanks to how inconsistent things are laid out and how badly the UI is designed. This guy lays it out better than I could ever do so I'll just leave this here..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTYet-qf1jo

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RE[2]: Comment by lucas_maximus
by Nelson on Tue 9th Jul 2013 02:44 in reply to "RE: Comment by lucas_maximus"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

This is an article about Windows 8.1 and the changes it brings. Have you used it?

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benytocamela Member since:
2013-05-16

Oh, come on... you're being "that guy." Don't be "that guy."

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