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[5]: Eating humble pie...
by ze_jerkface on Fri 18th Oct 2013 05:40 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Eating humble pie..."
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Actually Sinofsky simply spoke of "metrics" and didn't reveal detailed data.

He basically said most people only use a few applications. Wow what a genius, who would ever guess that casual users don't install many applications? So insightful!

When asked why that justifies removing the start menu for power users who use dozens of applications, he deleted the question. When asked why that justified not giving a *choice* to use *existing software* he deleted the question. Quite a talent really, blogs pages of b.s. that beta-nerds like yourself fall for and then hides when the questions from developers and power users come out.

Why are you defending the era of idiocy at Microsoft? Ballmer is being fired just like Sinofsky and here you are, still talking about the whole thing as if it wasn't one of the most bone-headed moves in tech history. Well the board has changed sides so you might want to consider jumping ship as well. Don't be the last NuMicrosoft defender I mean kneeling.

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RE[6]: Eating humble pie...
by Nelson on Fri 18th Oct 2013 11:05 in reply to "RE[5]: Eating humble pie..."
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The Start Menu in 7 was a glorified application launcher for less frequently used programs, users pinned items to the taskbar. The taskbar actually took on much of the responsibilities of the Start Screen today.

I don't see the usage broken down into "developer" or "power user" anywhere, or even how they'd know that. The data provided was in aggregate.

And get over your Sinofsky crush dude, its weird.

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RE[7]: Eating humble pie...
by Alfman on Fri 18th Oct 2013 14:41 in reply to "RE[6]: Eating humble pie..."
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"I don't see the usage broken down into 'developer' or 'power user' anywhere, or even how they'd know that. The data provided was in aggregate."

Can you link to exactly what data you are referring to?

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