Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Oct 2013 13:33 UTC

Less than a year ago we were preparing to launch Windows 8, which introduced our vision of highly personalized mobile computing. And here we are today announcing the global availability of Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 demonstrates our commitment to continuously improving the product to create a richer customer experience. We are excited to have customers start updating their devices today and getting to experience new Windows devices this holiday season.

Out now for free for everyone with Windows 8.

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Just in time...
by bolomkxxviii on Thu 17th Oct 2013 13:35 UTC
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Start8 and ClassicShell have both been updated to work with Windows8.1

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RE: Just in time...
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 17th Oct 2013 19:48 in reply to "Just in time..."
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Too bad you need third-party tools to make something decent that was to be expected from the GUI in the first place.

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RE[2]: Just in time...
by moondevil on Fri 18th Oct 2013 08:12 in reply to "RE: Just in time..."
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Not really.

My parents bought a new PC two weeks ago, and moved from XP to Windows 8.

They feel right at home with the new interface, after learning what changed.

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RE: Just in time...
by wigry on Thu 17th Oct 2013 20:31 in reply to "Just in time..."
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After figuring out that you get VERY DECENT menu from stock Windows 8 by right-clicking on the lower left corner, I started to think, that Windows 8 is actually totally usable system out of the box.

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RE: Just in time...
by reduz on Sat 19th Oct 2013 03:40 in reply to "Just in time..."
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The new start menu is a little better in the sense it separates the main start screen from applications.

But as always with Microsoft, Agenda > Usability. If when I press the start button it went straight to the applications list, it would be fantastic. Yet to open applications you have to press start, then press the down arrow. Reaally stupid.

Plus, I can't get rid of the really annoying "Secure Boot Disabled" label. I know it's disabled, I did it myself to dual boot properly..

Other than that, it's just basically the same as Windows 8.

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RE[2]: Just in time...
by modmans2ndcoming on Sat 19th Oct 2013 19:36 in reply to "RE: Just in time..."
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Right click on task app list the default for the menu.

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