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

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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Comment by Wafflez
by Wafflez on Thu 17th Oct 2013 15:28 UTC
Wafflez
Member since:
2011-06-26

I enjoy Windows 8, but will pass this update.

Start button is stupid and I don't like new start menu.

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RE: Comment by Wafflez
by Alfman on Thu 17th Oct 2013 15:57 in reply to "Comment by Wafflez"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Wafflez,

"Start button is stupid and I don't like new start menu."

Funnily enough, even some MS employees think so.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Microsoft-Accidentally-Shows-Windows...

It would be very interesting to see how many MS developers are using 3rd party shells to fix the "legacy desktop" on windows 8.

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RE[2]: Comment by Wafflez
by Nelson on Thu 17th Oct 2013 16:12 in reply to "RE: Comment by Wafflez"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Uh that's actually an ad agency using concept photos they got off of the internet.

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RE: Comment by Wafflez
by dnebdal on Thu 17th Oct 2013 16:44 in reply to "Comment by Wafflez"
dnebdal Member since:
2008-08-27

I enjoy Windows 8, but will pass this update.

Start button is stupid and I don't like new start menu.


Uhm, why? To the best of my knowledge, the start screen/menu/button changes are all optional.

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RE[2]: Comment by Wafflez
by Wafflez on Thu 17th Oct 2013 17:09 in reply to "RE: Comment by Wafflez"
Wafflez Member since:
2011-06-26

You cannot remove start button from task bar.

And I really prefer "old" feeling of 8.0 menu. It's slightly different and it slightly pisses me off. ;)

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RE: Comment by Wafflez
by biffuz on Thu 17th Oct 2013 17:19 in reply to "Comment by Wafflez"
biffuz Member since:
2006-03-27

One year ago, you had to use the new Start Screen, because Microsoft decided it for you.
Now, you have to use the new Start Button, because Microsoft decided it for you.

Resistance is futile.

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RE[2]: Comment by Wafflez
by lucas_maximus on Thu 17th Oct 2013 17:29 in reply to "RE: Comment by Wafflez"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

It probably because collectively the internet lost it shit with the removal of the start button.

Seriously Microsoft are the only company I hear criticized because they listen to what people say.

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RE[2]: Comment by Wafflez
by WorknMan on Thu 17th Oct 2013 17:58 in reply to "RE: Comment by Wafflez"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

One year ago, you had to use the new Start Screen, because Microsoft decided it for you.
Now, you have to use the new Start Button, because Microsoft decided it for you.


Actually, you don't have to do either one. It takes all but 5 minutes to install Classic Shell or Start8, and then you're done. But a year after the fact and people are still bitching about it.

'But why should I have to install a 3rd party util to have the OS do something that it should do out of the box?' Well, a few things here:

- When it comes to 3rd party utils on Windows, how many of us have never installed Teracopy, or ProcessExplorer, or a Windows Explorer replacement, or any number of other 3rd party utils to enhance the OS? Hell, in Windows 7, I used to have to install DaemonTools (to mount native ISOs) and Ultramon (to get task bars on multiple monitors), but I don't need either of these two on Windows 8. I also don't need USB 3.0 drivers, and the built-in task manager is actually decent.

- Windows isn't the only one ripping out features - think stock Android as well. (SD cards, support for non-standard bluetooth game controllers, CIFS, etc)

- The reason that Classic Shell was invented in the first place is because people hated the Start menu in Windows 7, so that certainly ain't a WIndows 8 thing ;)

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