Originally Posted by Purger
I'm running 8 right now. I've actually grown fond of Metro, and would like to keep it.
Would moving to 8.1 still be worth it for me, for improved performance?
(This question is for those familiar, and based on knowledge experience. Please don't respond with uninformed hatred or fanboyism.)
Windows 8.1 is literally a no-brainer for anyone who likes Windows 8.
Your start menu is synced onto any Windows 8.1 device you log into, including position of tiles/size of tiles.
If you make a "group" called "games" on the start screen on your main PC and put Steam/Origin/Counterstrike/Battlefield/any game in that group, if you sign into another PC/Laptop/Tablet and install any of those programmes, they will automatically be put into a group called "games" on the start screen of the new device and organise themselves accordingly.
This is a screenshot of my fresh 8.1 RTM install start screen. It doesn't have all my desktop apps synced (obviously), but all the metro apps are exactly the same as I left them before I formatted. That "games" group didn't exist immediately after install, but as soon as I installed Origin and SimCity, it remembered how and where I like those programmes organised on my start screen (or if I want them on the start screen at all), put them in the appropriate group and even remembered what size the tiles should be.
If you download an app from the app store on your laptop, it'll auto download it on your PC/Tablet too.
Apps update automatically without needing your input.
The universal search includes web images/videos as well as functioning like the search from W7 that shows individual files the moment you type their name.
The Xbox Music app is tonnes better.
The metro "Change PC Settings" area is much improved/organised.
The mail app is many times improved, separating general, "newsletter" and "social" emails into different groups. That way you're not sifting through tonnes of facebook notifications to find amazon deals and vice versa.
You can snap more than two apps and you can actually choose the size of the snapped apps now instead of the previously mandatory quarter screen size.
You can choose to boot directly to the desktop.
You can use your desktop background for the start menu.
You can choose to have desktop apps listed first.
You can choose to go to "all apps" screen instead of the start screen when you press/click the start button.
The "trust this pc" process when logging into a new PC is more stream lined and is part of the initial setup.
You can shutdown/log out/sleep from the "right click on start button" menu.
There are new "large" and "small" tile sizes. Small tile size is good for organising desktop apps without them looking as ugly.
And probably a bunch more stuff that I missed.Edited by GrizzleBoy - 9/10/13 at 5:45pm