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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RE: Comment by Wafflez
by dnebdal on Thu 17th Oct 2013 16:44 UTC in reply to "Comment by Wafflez"
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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"
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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[3]: Comment by Wafflez
by lucas_maximus on Thu 17th Oct 2013 17:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Wafflez"
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I kinda like not having a start button now. Updating anyway.

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RE[3]: Comment by Wafflez
by woegjiub on Fri 18th Oct 2013 09:57 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Wafflez"
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8.1 is much more efficient in terms of resource usage, and ports more settings over to metro.

The desktop's had some nice touches added to apps, too.

If you like 8, you'll probably like 8.1 more; it's a fuller implementation of the same concepts.

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RE[3]: Comment by Wafflez
by Drumhellar on Fri 18th Oct 2013 21:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Wafflez"
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Yeah. The return of the Start button is kinda strange. In previous versions of Windows, it was connected to the Start Menu. With 8, there was no button, and there was no menu. Different, but not strange.

However, having the button without the menu is weird. The Start screen doesn't feel connected to the button, and I wish I could remove it.

I'm starting to think that that weirdness is what made me move to Linux. No button, no menu? No problem. But, Button without the menu? Eww.

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