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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Sadly.. I was really hoping that 8.1 would be better. After using it for a few hours, I'm glad It wasn't a paid upgrade. Definitely not worth it. It's still extremely annoying to use. Gets in the way of what I want to do. I hate it. Seriously microsoft.. the Win2000 and Win 2003 interface, you had it right then and there. Simple. Looking forward to finding another O/S .. I'm done with constantly boxing with my spare machine.

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dnebdal Member since:

Mmh, it was hardly earth-shattering. Oh well, at least I can boot to desktop and disable the charms popping in in the top-right corner - tiny changes, but positive.

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woegjiub Member since:

If you like windows classic, and are looking at a replacement for windows, your best bet is probably a KDE-based linux desktop.

It can look and behave almost exactly like windows after changing the single/double click setting, and installing a couple of themes.

I like the Windows8 desktop appearance, so I made QtCurve look similar, for example:

It's the only fully-featured DE out there with enough configurability to act like every other DE, including MacOS or Windows.
GTK applications are irritating, but so long as you want the menubar in the window and not in the titlebar or in a widget, they look similar enough with the GTK version of the same theme/iconset applied in SystemSettings.

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bnolsen Member since:

kde is an abomination of its own. I typically put xfce on laptops. people generally seem to get that decently well.

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