Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 7th Mar 2014 00:12 UTC

Microsoft finalized its upcoming Windows 8.1 Update recently, but the company appears to be sharing it a little early today. While the software maker is expected to release the update officially in April, Microsoft has only detailed a few of the features in the update and has not yet provided an official release date. Links to download a final version of the Windows 8.1 Update, thanks to Microsoft’s Windows Update service, have been discovered. A series of patches are required to obtain the full update, but once installed the new desktop-friendly features are enabled.The update can be downloaded via a registry change, or through direct links, but we recommend waiting for Microsoft to officially release it through the normal Windows Update channels in April.

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MS is confused
by p13. on Fri 7th Mar 2014 08:00 UTC
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They really don't know what direction to take.

Anyway ... more options is good in my book. A lot of people seem to be complaining, but i don't see how more options is a bad thing.

My two cents:
Windows 8 isn't selling to their main market, ie the enterprise market. They know they have a big problem. I just think it's weird that they're not addressing this very issue. Companies that do buy hardware with win8 on it are downgrading.

The consumer PC market has been winding down for quite a while now, and win8 isn't helping. So as far as the consumer market is concerned, the push to the cloud has at least one advantage in my book ... people aren't obsessed with upgrading their hardware/os anymore.

PERSONALLY, i think win8 is shit. It's a usability nightmare.

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RE: MS is confused
by Kochise on Fri 7th Mar 2014 08:55 in reply to "MS is confused"
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Computers are fast enough nowadays. The first nuclear explosions were calculated by hand and the first men sent into space were using computer with power mostly equal to a Macintosh Classic.

About the screen, the "retina" factor have already outreached our vision capabilities (try looking at a Nexus 5's screen to understand) so there is just the big screen/3D factor to address in this field.

Usability was quite good, the user interface was aimed to address common issues, multiple screen and/or virtual desktops, tiling, auto layout, widgets, whatever. Once you get it, you do it.

Windows 8 doesn't address productivity improvment, just newbies usability. It's fine for new/aged people getting their first contact with a computer, they will not try to tweek things by themselves and will be forced to buy through the market place.

Microsoft thought that it can also transform consumers into a cash cow, not just companies with upgrade/renewal contracts. You know, Windows 2000 was enough for desk usage (Word, Excel, Access, Internet Explorer) but then you should upgrade to XP with the suitable Office version, then Vista, then 7, then 8, without much more benefit than improved security and hardware support.


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RE[2]: MS is confused
by p13. on Fri 7th Mar 2014 12:15 in reply to "RE: MS is confused"
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You are right, Kochise.

Computers are certainly fast enough nowadays. As i said, people don't care to upgrade anymore as the old model is falling to pieces. Less and less people care about the next version of ms office, windows, etc. There is less and less incentive to upgrade.

Your comments on computing interfaces are absolutely correct.
People seem obsessed with "getting rid" of "the desktop". This seems illogical to me. The desktop is by far the most productive and efficient environment we have. I'm not saying it's perfect. Improvements can certainly stll be made.

I wish people would stop trying to shove this touchy feely stuff down my throat. It's not working. I actually want to get work done.
If i want to get touchy feely, i'll just get a tablet, kthx.

As for your comments on retina. I own a nexus 5. You are, again, correct.
Not that it matters to me, i've got a -18 dioptry. Even 320x240 will do just fine :-)
The added advantage is being able to fit more stuff on the screen ... which i think is wasted on the single window full-screen paradigm we're stuck on now with mobile devices.

And yes, W2K was their best release to date (for the desktop). It went downhill from there. All IMHO of course.

Thank you for your comments, Kochise. It's good to see common sense out there.

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RE[2]: MS is confused
by tylerdurden on Fri 7th Mar 2014 19:31 in reply to "RE: MS is confused"
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Computers are fast enough nowadays. The first nuclear explosions were calculated by hand and the first men sent into space were using computer with power mostly equal to a Macintosh Classic.

I assume you don't have a formal education in CS, is that correct?

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