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Microsoft launched Windows 8 on October 26th, with a volley of new hardware designed for the touch-based interface. Just 12 months after an early Windows 8 Release Preview, Microsoft is now keen to talk about some upcoming changes in an update named Windows 8.1. Originally codenamed Blue, Windows 8.1 sets the pace for changes to Microsoft's software that will continue in the future for both the RT and x86 versions of the OS.

We've seen hints thanks to some leaks, but there are a whole host of additions and improvements that make some fundamental changes to Windows 8. The Start button makes its rumored return, as Microsoft has responded to clear feedback. Is it enough? Are things moving quickly over in Redmond? Let's find out.

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An article with much actual useful info about 8.1 as opposed to all the sensationalist, single paragraph guff.
Edited by GrizzleBoy - 5/30/13 at 12:31pm
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What is evident amid all this "MS is making a U-turn" headline stuff, is that they are actually focusing on making Windows 8 better for people who use/will use Windows 8, rather than making Windows 8 more like Windows 7.

They are sticking to their vision imo, not the other way round.
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You need to fix that link, it keeps looping back to this page. In the interim, here's one that works.

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Nice thumb.gif, I like some of those changes.
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Help & Tips app to help acclimatize users to the new Windows environment. "One thing that we realized was that although Windows 8 was very easy to use, there were a couple of things … you needed to learn and that we didn't do a good job of showing you what those things were," admits Harris.
Yea, that pitiful swipe tip during the install process where you couldn't even perform the action... was not good. Probably a bit reason why people didn't pick it up easily.

A more unified search sounds interesting, you could already direct a typed query into individual apps so I'm wondering how those results are going to look combined.
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Start button isn't optional... lol. If you're upgrading to 8.1, you're getting the start button back no matter what.
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Yea, that pitiful swipe tip during the install process where you couldn't even perform the action... was not good. Probably a bit reason why people didn't pick it up easily.

A more unified search sounds interesting, you could already direct a typed query into individual apps so I'm wondering how those results are going to look combined.

There was a picture of it on the article.



Link to the full size pic
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Let me get my thoughts out before I have to block myself from viewing it again due to the inevitable "debate" hangs around any Win8 topic:

-I needed 8.1 new search functions yesterday. It was always a pain having to choose when I was so used to typing the file I'm searching for and have all files with that name pop up. Glad they're bringing that back.

-Metro's backgrounds are all ugly. This is only a superficial issue, but none of them looks appealing to me at all. The option to use my current desktop background is great. I wonder if they're adding motion to the original backgrounds or just creating entirely new ones.

-I wish Microsoft would just cave and make apps windowed. I bought the app that makes your apps windowed, my experience has improved greatly but something like that should be an optional update for desktops. I have too much stuff opened on my screen sometimes to have the email app take up an entire 24in screen.

-Metro still doesn't have that hub feel I think it should have. I ride the metro everyday so when I'm at a station, I'm surrounded by people shuffling and rails gliding--in other words organized chaos. Metro tiles give that feeling, but it doesn't come across as a hub. Just a lot of tiles. When you right click in the start menu, the charm options should be in the same bar as the All Apps button. It makes no sense to direct a user to a different area for a function that was previously and rightfully in the correct area (the start menu). Remove the charm bar entirely, move entities like device and shutdown to the start menu and place date and time under the user avatar.

All in all tho these updates are welcomed and will surely make the experience a better one.
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Remove the charm bar entirely, move entities like device and shutdown to the start menu and place date and time under the user avatar.
Eh? The charm bar can be useful, I prefer using that to open the start screen if I'm on my Surface, also for searching in-app. And settings needs to be somewhere to get to Wifi/Brightness/Power options on mobile. I don't really use share, but somebody probably does (Android and iOS both have share features, so somebody must be using them, right?).

Though I don't use charms at all on my desktop, but for touch it's very useful.
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