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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RE: Interface
by emarkp on Mon 8th Jul 2013 19:02 UTC in reply to "Interface"
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The reason to force Metro on desktop users is quite clear: to force us to get used to it so we're more likely to use Windows Phone. End of story.

MS knows if they do not capture significant mobile space, they'll atrophy as desktops become a smaller part of the total market.

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RE[2]: Interface
by moondevil on Mon 8th Jul 2013 19:26 in reply to "RE: Interface"
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If you watch the recordings from BUILD 2013, the subliminal message for getting developers into the new platform was being repeated everywhere.

All the new tooling across languages and frameworks is mostly focused on the Metro interface.

As if the desktop environment would fulfil a similar role as Classical in Mac OS X.

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RE[3]: Interface
by lucas_maximus on Mon 8th Jul 2013 20:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Interface"
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I dunno how I feel about that.

But as a ASP.NET dev I suppose it doesn't affect me as much as the other Microsoft developers that focus on the desktop.

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RE[2]: Interface
by Nelson on Mon 8th Jul 2013 19:42 in reply to "RE: Interface"
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It is to push the Metro environment. They're using their Desktop dominance to bootstrap their new ecosystem.

The halo effect for WP is secondary to that.

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RE[2]: Interface
by acobar on Mon 8th Jul 2013 19:47 in reply to "RE: Interface"
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It is a risk path. Windows 7 interface is one of the best on DEs I have ever used. In my humble opinion had they spent their energy on a better and improved integration of web services for phones, their desktop and their server OS offerings they would be collecting the rewards already. Instead they are again just shifting and lifting the decoration.

On an environment as competitive and with such degree of commoditization we are experiencing right now you better have a differentiator that is not just face-lift. Apple knew it and MS should do.

PS.: Well look likes they are actually working hard. Se the bellow link.

Edited 2013-07-08 19:51 UTC

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