What they had posted previously was a screw-up. It is now corrected to what Microsoft representatives had said before.
Originally Posted by skupples
From how win8 was @ launch, i'm not planning to touch win8.1 for @ least 6 months. No real need, since nothing will be using dx11.2 for close to a year, and we have yet to hear if NV will force us into buying new hardware just for dx11.2.
GTX 600 and 700 series, including the Titan, are not even DX 11.1 compliant, even though Nvidia says that the cards support the gaming features of DX 11.1. I haven't read anywhere whether that means that developers can actually use DX 11.1 on Nvidia cards or not. There is no word about DX 11.2 compliance, but given the incomplete DX 11.1 compliance I wouldn't bet on it.
Given that the lowest common denominator is DX 11 on three OSes - Vista, 7 and 8 / 8.1 and the feature set supported by the previous GTX 400 and GTX 500 series, which are still pretty good for many games, along with the GTX 600 and 700 series, and this is a repeat of DX 10.1. Only one OS supports it and only one GPU manufacturer - the one with less market share - supports it.
In any case, Windows 8.1 proves that Microsoft didn't really accelerate development, they are still the same Titanic company that takes its time to steer the ship - one year - just as before. But by no means that isn't a bad thing, Windows has to be compatible with a lot of stuff, both hardware and software, so it takes time to get a mature product.
Just as with Windows Vista, which needed a lot of patching and eventually a makeover into 7 for people to like it, because let's face it, the devil is in the details, and Vista got a lot of usability details wrong - this is just history repeating. People who like to try work in progress OSes, go ahead, I'll be waiting for the final version of Windows 8. It's called Windows 9. In the meantime I'll be trying out SteamOS alongside Windows 7.Edited by tpi2007 - 10/16/13 at 7:45pm