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Windows 8.1 receives good (but qualified) reviews; cheaper hardware arrives

  • Windows 8.1 (MSFT +0.6%) is a clear improvement over Windows 8, but doesn't completely address the complaints users have registered over the latter's UI. That seems to be the consensus for reviews of the latest version of Microsoft's PC OS, available starting today as a free upgrade to Win. 8 users.
  • The Verge (8.8/10) declares every built-in Windows app "has been improved," and is also fond of 8.1's personalization options, snap view features, and universal search support. But it still finds it "awkward" to navigate Microsoft's Metro UI with a keyboard and mouse.
  • Wired: "Should you upgrade? Yes. It’s a solid update. The people who hated Windows 8, however, likely aren’t going to be much more pleased with 8.1." PC World: "Windows 8.1 eases the transition for desktop diehards, granting PC enthusiasts the ability to shun most of the tablet-oriented bits."
  • There should be a decent number of reasonably-priced 8.1 tablets/convertibles this holiday season, thanks in part to Microsoft's license discounts for smaller devices. Two examples: Lenovo's $299 Miix and Acer's $330-$380 Iconia W4. Both products have 8" displays and Intel Bay Trail Atom CPUs.
  • Previous: Windows 8.1 preview, UI changes
Comments (5)
  • DanEp
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    Not so sure I would call the reviews good. MIxed at best. Check out David Pogue's 110 seconds with Pogue video on 8.1

     

    http://nyti.ms/19MvxJ2
    17 Oct 2013, 11:36 AM Reply Like
  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
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    Pogue loves fruits...
    17 Oct 2013, 11:58 AM Reply Like
  • dipique
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    I think the reviews of 8.1 vs. 8.0 have been great. The reviews of 8.1 vs. 7 are still, as you say, mixed.
    17 Oct 2013, 01:15 PM Reply Like
  • Woofseek
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    If you were born yesterday, and a Windows 8.1 computer is your first computer ever, then you'd get used to it easier, since you didn't know that things were easier, less confusing and more intuitive earlier.

     

    I went from DOS 3.3 to DOS 6.22, then to Windows 3.11. Windows95 worked much worse than Windows 3.11. It took MS 3 years to fix Win95 with Win 98 SP2. I learned my lesson and
    went back to Win 98 SP2, ignored Windows 2000, ignored Windows ME, and jumped from Win98 SP2 to Windows XP SP2, thence to Windows SP3. Still using it. Windows Vista was a bad joke, which MS partially fixed with Windows 7. Windows 8 and 8.1 are so far the worst jokes that MS has served up, and I figure we will have to wait another 2 or 3 years before that madness has been tuned down a bit.
    Why Microsoft does not understand customer service is beyond me. Why do they listen to a bunch of "brats" who dance into their marketing department, saying things like "wouldn't it be coooool if I could boot up Windows 8 by smoothly moving my left tow across my windshield?!? And lets hide everything else and make people really really uncomfortable?! Also, certainly let us not allow people to upgrade from Windows XP to punish them!! Yup, yup, this will be great!" That's the kind of marketing reasoning going on at Microsoft.

     

    I would hope that there was a group of smart people out there that could RECOGNIZE the OPPORTUNITY that is represented by the approximately 280 MILLION Windows XP users worldwide, which have been kicked to the curb by Microsoft. Give us something that works "sort of" like Windows XP, and we gladly buy that instead of sticking with Microsoft.
    You are telling me that there is no one at Oracle, Sun, Adobe, SAP,
    etc... willing to accommodate 280 Million paying customers? There is no Elon Musk, no Google, nobody with the guts, smarts and money to teach Microsoft a lesson? Too bad. I might be worth $100 per year from everyone who does not want to put up with Microsoft's harassment anymore.
    4 Nov 2013, 01:18 AM Reply Like
  • Woofseek
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    Where is the comment I just added before ?
    4 Nov 2013, 01:20 AM Reply Like
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