Microsoft officially announces a 'spring' update to Windows 8.1

By Scorpus
Feb 23, 2014
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  1. During Microsoft's press conference at Mobile World Congress today, the company officially announced that a new update is coming to Windows 8.1 this spring. Joe Belfiore, head of phones, PCs and tablets at Microsoft, said that while "we love touch",...

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  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,383   +105

    They really need to fix the task programs running in the background. On touch you can swipe to it but I would like a object with x allowing me to kill the app. Instead of running task manager that sometimes crashes. They really need an auto clean feature, to remove the windows installer after it installs the update and not lurk around on the HDD. Enough already this need to be address. Auto clean should be smart enough to know if the system is idle and if the HD needs to be defrag or fix for errors. Also to flush out dns and RAM.

    I see no reason why these can't be address..
  3. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    So how is your touch affordances? More proof that MS is out of touch with users. How about some plain English.
  4. I think the title bar that they're adding to Metro apps should have an 'X' to close the app. But I agree with your comment.
  5. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Operation Make Windows 8 Not Suck.
  6. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,295   +663

    Their hopeless. Office is rapidly becoming irrelevant and now their doing their utmost to make Windows irrelevant as well. All it will take is a decent XP/DX9 app support tor for Android and Microsoft will be just another crippled giant who failed to listen to its customers.
  7. The hate is strong with this one. Good. Use your aggressive feelings, boy. Let the hate flow through you! Let Microsoft rue the day that they crossed you. Don't let the fact that they have millions of others on their side, and will probably go on for decades making obscene amounts of money, distract you from your hate.
  8. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 819   +52

    Office irrelevant. What are we meant to use, open office or pages? :)
  9. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,408   +464


    Yes... they are hopeless... our worldwide corporation wants nothing more than to switch windows to linux because microsoft is hopeless and irrelevant, we are also switching from our supported product to free alternatives that are a headache for IT support... yes... yes...
  10. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 361   +49

    Microsoft is not hopeless. They've stumbled with Vista and a bit with Windows 8 but Office has been their big money-maker for several years now. Even Windows 8.1 isn't a total loss; it's not as popular as Windows 7 but it definitely isn't Vista either.
  11. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    Whilst I would agree that MS is still in a strong position being the market leader, history has told us that large corporations can fail. In the early days of PCs Word Perfect and Lotus 123 were the leading applications used by business. Both were overtaken by Word and Excel.

    At some stage the same fate will befall MS. The only question will be the timeframe. It might occur in three years time or ten years.
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  12. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 361   +49

    I don't think Microsoft is incapable of falling; I just don't think it's likely to happen for reasons most people think. And despite free office suites such as OpenOffice and Libre Office Microsoft's productivity suite remains a serious money-maker. The application comprising aren't the best but they are easy to use for most people and get the job done.
  13. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    MS Office consists of a number programs which were cobbled together. I believe some of the elements were purchased by MS from different suppliers which is why Word and Excel had different layouts until they were unified with the Ribbon.

    I can understand why MS has been so successful as it has been the natural choice for commercial organisations. However if open standards could be agreed there would be openings for others to provide competing products.

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