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Windows 8.1 now available!
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If I understand the description right, 8 has gone so fearfully retro that you can't have side-by-side windows open in different applications unless you do some third-party jiggery-pokery. Can this possibly be true?
Windows 8 dropped the start menu.
This is another example of the technology controlling the way users have to do things rather than users controlling the technology.
That's where it's headed so the lack of the start button will be the least of your problems unless you jump ship to Linux.
Before long I'll hazard a guess that the off-the-shelf PC from HP, Dell, etc. won't even allow the owner to be admin.
Bill I think you are missing the point!Maybe I followed the tech press too well on this issue. If you thought the old Start Menu was coming back in 8.1 then you read something into the reports that was never "promised" by Microsoft, nor did it exist in any of the betas leading up to the RTM...which has been out for some time now.