Anybody Like Windows 8.1?

Started Apr 7, 2014 | Discussions thread
Austinian Senior Member • Posts: 5,347
Re: I like it after some customization

malch wrote:

Well, when Microsoft launched Win 8, it was their choice to hype the heck out of Metro and their choice to ram it down users throats (even desktop users). They were warned very vocally by the preview users that it wasn't going to go down well. It didn't. They backed off a bit with 8.1 but even if you boot to desktop, it still tries to revert to Metro from time to time. Very annoying.

At the end of the day, the other non-Metro improvements (and I acknowledge there are some) simply don't justify the price tag associated with a Win 7 to Win 8 upgrade. Maybe it's okay for folks who pay a small ($30?) increment to buy a new system with Win 8 pre-installed. But I'm certainly not paying $100+ to upgrade my existing Win 7 Pro license to 8.1.

MS offered early adopters a cheap upgrade, $40 as I recall. I took a chance on that...then let it sit for months after I disliked the original forced Metro UI.

After discovering Classic Shell, I clean-installed Win 8 + CS. IMO, $40 was a reasonable price for the minor improvements.

I'm also frustrated than MS "wasted" a year or two of their mainstream Windows development effort on this dud.

That, I'm in emphatic agreement with.

And this frantic, piecemeal scramble to gradually patch together the return-to-desktop-UI, while still keeping the Metro fig leaf, has all the hallmarks of managerial confusion and lack of clear goals.

I'm not unhappy with what we have in Win 8.1u1, but it's been a really sad and ugly process to watch.

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