"Better than Windows 8, but it failed to win me over"2.5 starson by DaMonkeyOnCrack
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
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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