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Windows 8.1 Worldwide Roll-out, 18 October

     
5:04 pm on Aug 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Now we have it. I'm going to have to set aside some time to update that day.

I know a lot of folks are eager to find out when they will be able to get Windows 8.1. I am excited to share that starting at 12:00am on October 18th in New Zealand (thatís 4:00am October 17th in Redmond), Windows 8.1 will begin rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers on Windows 8 through the Windows Store. Windows 8.1 will also be available at retail and on new devices starting on October 18th by market. So mark your calendars!Windows 8.1 Worldwide Roll-out, 18 October [blogs.windows.com]
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Will this be forced on me? I don't see anything in the product guide that I want and disappointingly little to deal with common usability complaints. A few tidbits like

You have even more flexibility in what you see on the screen at one time. You can now open up to four apps on the screen at once and change the size of each window


But frankly, using it on a computer with a keyboard, I can't think of a single "app" I use. In fact, the biggest improvement I would make to Win8 would be to remove the Metro interface and all associated apps.
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You can now open up to four apps on the screen at once and change the size of each window


Wow. That is unheard of! Using multiple programs at once. I can't believe it! This is like, like I don't know, multitasking. This will so increase my productivity. I feel all 1992 again when I switched from DOS to Windows 3.11
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>>That is unheard of!

To be fair, on my (admittedly older) Android device, that simple functionality is not available and it's a real PITA
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I'd be perfectly happy with a straight "Desktop" only version, preferably without touch screen. Or at least the ability to sideline all the other unnecessary and unusable stuff.

Another worthwhile feature would be to be able to have anything designed with grey [gray] font or colours, render as straight black on white. Why anybody came up with grey text on a white background is one of life's eternal mysteries, but it's now become contagious.
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8.1 has the boot-to-desktop option available for those who don't want to see the Metro start screen on startup.

The ability to show multiple apps could be a way to entice me to use them. Now you can run apps in split-screen, but you can't vary the size or placement much.
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The boot-to-desktop option while nice is no big deal because I never reboot the machine except when MS sends a pile of updates.

The problem is programs in metro can't run on the desktop, they really messed up there and the UI for things like paint aren't regular programs anymore, real PITA.

They should've taken some clues from RWD and built programs that have the appropriate windows and tool bars for the desktop or metro depending on how it's launched. Not that complicated, even a freelancer could do it...