Microsoft withholds Windows 8.1 from devs, sees many editions leaked

By Scorpus
Aug 29, 2013
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  1. Earlier in the week, Microsoft revealed that Windows 8.1 had been released to their hardware partners, also confirming rumors that the operating system would not be available for developers and IT professionals through TechNet and MSDN until the general availability date,...

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  2. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 235   +23

    Well I guess this was bound to happen. A lot of pissed-off folks wanted to get their hands on the update before October and someone decided to grant their wish. I'm not saying it was right to leak the code but it's certainly not a surprise.
  3. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,930   +123 Staff Member

    Sorry that I'm jumping on the "hate bandwagon" now but how is it a "new feature" when it was working fine in all previous versions of Windows?
    I mean multitasking worked pretty good back in NT4, even NT3.1 released 20 years ago?
    And the search worked good back in the Win2K days?
    http://www.techspot.com/article/596-windows-search-retrogression/
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  4. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,793   +882

    Any exciting prerelease software released to the public will be leaked, it is a given. I think this was a bad move.
  5. I find that Windows 8 search doesn't work very well. Many times I put in a search term (Explorer) and nothing happens, it just sits there. If I change from Libraries to Documents and repeat it usually works. The Metro search stinks, it's slow, locks up at times and you have to manually select Apps, Settings, Files for the results you want. I think Windows 8 Search can be improved.
  6. abysal

    abysal Newcomer, in training Posts: 58   +7


    Exactly what I was thinking.
  7. BMfan

    BMfan TechSpot Guru Posts: 477   +48

    What I am wondering is,they say 8,1 will be released in the store,so if I never go to the store and only use windows update,does that mean I wouldn't be able to get 8,1 then?
  8. Took a look at 8.1 and they have actually made things worse. A start menu for the desktop would have been nice.
  9. VitalyT

    VitalyT TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,647   +506

    If they really put any "finishing touches" on an RTM product, that means it is a fake RTM, that's not Ready To Manufacturing.
  10. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TechSpot Addict Posts: 628   +122

    So they've broken the search tool even more?
  11. Sorry, but Windows 8 and 8.1 are still worse than Vista (Windows 7 SP 0) and especially worse than Windows 7(after the rename).
     
  12. coppersloane

    coppersloane TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 108   +33

    The search tool is fine on my end. Just used it to check. Swiped right, touched the magnifying glass, typed a search word into field set to Everywhere and results appeared in seconds, spanning the Internet and my hard drive. So many results came up I didn't know where to start.

    I'm using Windows RT 8.1 Preview.
  13. And another facepalm courtesy of Microsoft's policy. Honestly, if it wasn't for the games and general conveniences I totally would have used Linux. They're doing just fine with their own self-developed features.

    Still, nice job breaking it, Microsoft. It's official, Microsoft is the embodiment of Butt Monkey, ***** Ball, and Nice Job Breaking It Hero of the technology world.
  14. VitalyT

    VitalyT TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,647   +506

    This article didn't phrase it correctly, I.e. out of context. Windows 8.1 brings enhanced multi-tasking for Metro applications, specifically, allowing them to be stacked side-by-side in full-screen mode, I.e. with a movable divider between them. The feature has no impact on desktop applications, but it is still a feature.
  15. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,930   +123 Staff Member

    I was being ironic, it's laughable that this feature was not there from day one.
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  16. VitalyT

    VitalyT TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,647   +506


    Like any radical change from the traditional, Metro UI was likely to skip on a few important features. They will get it right eventually. Although I personally use only desktop mode, I see changes in 8.1 as very welcome ones.
  17. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,327   +376

  18. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,793   +882

    Good to see the decision reversed. If MS wants their app ecosystem to expand, they need devs to actually use the newest OS possible.
  19. Camikazi

    Camikazi TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 332   +56

    Never had a lockup on search and explorer search bar will only search from the location you are at (if at root of C: it will search all of C:). As for the selecting you can pick which is showing with hotkeys Windows+Q for Apps, Windows+W for Settings and Windows+F for Files. Not all that hard to learn, is rather easy unless you are too lazy to try something different.
  20. Railman

    Railman TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 573   +76

    I agree that using hotkeys is very useful but I can't help feeling that they are not intuitive to the majority. I understand why so many dislike W8.
  21. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,145   +172

    Skipping core features we've had for years in the "obsolete" OS's is exactly the missing polish that they are getting smashed over. Really that is the lesson they should have learned with Vista.
  22. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TechSpot Booster Posts: 413   +139

    Microsoft are *****s. They knew the builds would be leaked. I guess they didn't realize they would end up looking like *******es for withholding the RTM from people who need it the most. Now they look like *******es and developers still got what they wanted.

    At least they realized that if you can't beat them, you can always join them. Not sure why they are being so stubborn about Windows 8. They just keep fostering the anger that is still very much alive in 50% of the Windows 7 user base by refusing to give us what we want. They have made many reversals in the past few months. There is hope for Windows 9 even if it's just a little.
  23. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,802   +1,431

  24. I think their strategy was to make us use their metro interface because they are scare of losing again apple and google in the new mobile computing.
  25. Railman

    Railman TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 573   +76

    MS policy is not likely to change for around 12 months as it will take that time for the new management to bed in. Hopefully they may start to listen to their customers (or potential customers).


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