Two of the newly added features of Windows 8.1 address the most common complaints, a start menu and the ability to boot into the traditional desktop rather than the Metro interface.
The colorful tiled interface known as Metro was meant to be the bridge between the touch screen computers and tablets of today, and the traditional mouse and keyboard desktop computers. The traditional desktop computer users typically are Metro interface haters and will most likely rejoice at the ability to boot directly into a more traditional looking desktop.
SkyDrive free online storage, Internet Explorer 11, and Bing Smart Search, are other enhancements in Windows 8.1.
The attached video briefly goes over some of the improvements in the newest version of Windows.
Updates to correct errors nothing new
The haters of Windows 8 have touted the update as a admission of failure by Microsoft. They often fail to mention that the update process is nothing new.
Every version of Windows, as well as every major application, is updated regularly to correct bugs and make improvements. Sometimes the bug fixes and enhancements are simply referred to as service packs, rather than a revision to the version number of the software.
The latest service pack for Windows 7 is Service Pack 1 (SP1), for Windows Vista is it Service Pack 2 (SP2). Windows XP, set for retirement in 2014, is now on Service Pack 3 (SP3).
On the Microsoft Service Pack and Update Center Windows 8.1 is listed as an update to Windows 8.
Still a lot of complaining about Windows 8
It is still pretty amazing how many organizations see the Windows 8.1 update as another excuse to complain.
In the past some have suggested that Windows 8 will be the death of Microsoft. Windows 8 is another step in the overall evolution of the desktop computer operating system. Windows 8 is not bad enough to bring about the death of Microsoft or speed up the decline of the desktop computer.
By most accounts Microsoft has done a pretty good job of addressing many issues in the Windows 8.1 update The people who were on the "I hate Windows 8" bandwagon are probably not going to change their mind.
Check out the blog post. "Why all the hate for Windows 8?"
What are you thinking about today?
Are you thinking about Windows 8? The best tablet to buy for Christmas? Or is a Chromebook right for you?