Pros The ability to leave the desktop wallpaper as the "metro" background creates a smooth transition;
The "Windows button" shows that MSFT is listening to customers. I loved the fact that apps are roaming. Integrated SKYDRIVE is BIG.
Cons Search is a bit more complex;
The concept of libraries seems to be losing space; I love libraries/search context;
Summary fast and fluid :). Windows 8 looks more like 2 distinct/different environments. 8.1 reduces such impact. a lot of work ahead, though!
"Microsoft strikes out!"on by dony
Pros Just one because almost all the changes are bloat ware or of limited or no use TO ME. THE ONE MAJOR BENEFIT IS A MUCH FASTER SYSTEM AFTER ELIMINATING THE BLOAT WARE. SEE MY LIST BELOW.
Cons Windows 8 was great after I got rid of all the bloat ware that came with it. I downloaded Win8.1 and eliminated bloat ware. I HAVE UNINSTALLED EVERY NEW FEATURE! CON: WIN8.1 HAS NOTHING NEW and some irritating built-ins that I cannot remove!
Summary Win8.1 was touted as having many new and useful features. This has not been my experience. I grade these features 1 - 10 with a "1" for completely useless to a "10" for very useful. Note this is for their usefulness TO ME. For example:
START BUTTON: In Win8, 1 keystroke gets me to the start menu. Grade for Win 8.1 is 1.
BOOT TO DESKTOP: Same as start button. Grade is 1.
SEARCH HEROES: Grade is 1 for the same reason I do not use Bing as a search engine. Bing is like using "ASK" and brings back a bunch of useless crap that is mangled and takes much longer to search through to get the data I want than does using Google and good search techniques.
SHOWING MORE THAN ONE APP: Grade is 1 because that function in Win8 is already more than sufficient and works fine.
STORE: Grade is 1 because the store in Win8 works fine for me and the difference is really no big deal. MS needs to look at Apple to get the meaning of the word "index". I have no interest in looking at multiple titles when I want one specific app or type of app.
MORE ROBUST SETTINGS IN USER INTERFACE: For me, these are all "set once and then ignore forever" so this is of almost no consequence. Grade is, however, 2.
BIG BOLD POP UP BOXES: This is just irritating. I know all of those things and the boxes are persistent because nowhere does it tell me how to turn them off. Grade is 1 although now I wish I had built a negative ranking. This one would get a -10.
IE 11: Contrary to the media noise, this has slowed my processes at it churns about trying to work. Grade is 1.
READING LIST, HEALTH TRACKER, FOOD AND DRINK, SKYPE, SKY DRIVE, MAIL, VOICE RECORDER, ALARMS, CALCULATER, READING LIST all get a grade of 1 because none of these is of any interest to me. I have specific programs I use for the functions I need and have uninstalled all of the new ones in Win8.1
ONSCREEN KEYBOARD SWIPES: Marginally useful but woefully inadequate when compared to any other touch screen. Grade is 3.
QUICKER TILE ORGANIZING: Ho-hum, use it once and then make minor changes twice a year. Grade is 2.
AUTOMATIC UPDATES: Completely contra-intuitive for me as I use the update reminders to determine whether to keep software. With the auto function, I will end up looking for the crap ware I want to eliminate. Grade is 1 and is only that high because there is no negative grade.
EMAIL UPDATE: Sorry MS but the iPad is my unit of choice for all my social networks and I do belong to all of them and use them daily. Using that other unit, I have entered my passwords one time and never have to enter them again. You might want to take a lesson there on layout, usefulness and ease of use. For Win8.1 Grade is 1, even though I use Outlook for mail and Office has been and is my software of choice.
IE OPEN TABS: I have never opened more than 5 tabs so this is a non-starter. Grade is 1.
MUSIC AND OTHER FUN ELEMENTS: I listen to my own music, arranged as I want it and will never use any of these function. Grade is 1.
My review is not yet complete but, to date, Win8.1 is much ado about nothing and all the media hype in the world will not change that. Come on MS, you can do much better than this. You are bleeding market share now and adding bloat ware to a good OS (Win8) will only open the veins wider.
BTW, ELIMINATING ALL THE BLOAT WARE HAS REALLY MADE MY SYSTEM RUN FASTER! THAT GETS A GRADE OF 10. I AM RUNNING A SAMSUNG ULTRABOOK WITH 12 GB OF RAM AND A 1 TB SSD. THE SYSTEM IS ABOUT 5 MONTHS OLD AND THE SSD ABOUT ONE WEEK OLD AS AN UPGRADE. I HAVE A TOUCHSCREEN AND ALL THE OTHER BELLS AND WHISTLES. MY USE, IN PRIORITY, IS PERSONAL, PHOTOGRAPHY AND BUSINESS.
Pros -Boot to desktop is finally possible
-Better multitasking of Metro apps
-Better start screen customization
-Use wallpaper on start screen without any extra programs
-Start button is back?
Cons -Microsoft is still too focused on the Metro interface. Desktop is relitively unchanged
-Still no start menu like in previous versions
-Still don't like start screen and live tiles
-Search seems slower than it is in Windows 8
-See below for more...
Summary -Apps that haven't been made optimized for 8.1 won't look right in the split viewI forgot to add this but I think this would be important to add. It still feels watered down from Windows 7. I think partially because right now, Microsoft is currently trying to transition more to the Metro and is slowly moving away from the desktop making it look a bit like a barren wasteland. More programs from the desktop has now been made into apps and more control panel settings have been moved to the Metro control panel, but the duality of the control panel is still a bit confusing and I still don't remember where which setting is where.
I have to agree that Windows 8.1 has improved from Windows 8, but it still failed to make me want to install over Windows 7 and make it my primary OS. I know it may only be in a public preview right now, but I don't really expect it to change much for the final release due here in a couple of months.
The one thing that really bugs me is the fact that they did a half baked implementation of the start button. I do agree that the reintroduction of the start button may help that couldn't adjust with the lack of it in Windows 8, but what everybody wanted was a start menu and Microsoft is too determined on the start screen which nobody wants to use
Until Microsoft realizes that the start screen was a dud and combining combining computers, tablets and phones into one unified OS wasn't a good idea, I see no hope for Microsoft.
Updated on Jul 11, 2013
Also the desktop is watered down because there is less customization that can be done from there. In Windows 7, you can change the font color, font type, boarder padding and many other different aspects of the system. In 8.1, it has not improved at all over that on Windows 8. In 8.1, you're still stuck using Segoe UI as the system font and the font color being only black.
Updated on Jul 11, 2013Also when it comes to productivity, 8.1 is still counterproductive compared to Windows 7 because of the start screen. I use my computer to actually work so I will have to say if you are serious about productivity, stick with Windows 7 or XP. Windows 8 an 8.1 feels more like a toy with there being very few useful apps and the start screen being in the way of actually what you want to do
Pros slightly better than 8
Cons slows pc down massively
Summary another fiasco from the monopolistic microsoft. we need chrom, linux, etc to take over !
Pros Good performance.
Cons Illogical UI for anyone who doesn't want a fancy facebook machine. I'm not naturally against new UIs, but Ubuntu shows how it's done.