There will be no Windows 8.1 Update 2, replaced by monthly updates

By Scorpus
Aug 6, 2014
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  1. Despite a few rumors floating around that Microsoft would soon be releasing a second update to Windows 8.1, Microsoft has come out and announced that they're changing the way they release operating system updates, announcing a set of August updates...

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  2. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 361   +49

    This makes sense; updates are delivered on Patch Tuesday without a lot of fanfare that enhance existing features or fix problems.

    Sounds like a plan.
  3. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +137

    I still am using Windows 8 because the last iteration of 8.1 nearly destroyed my computer. I hope the updates will make 8.1 more stable.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,352   +1,945

    Why would they release update 2 anyway? It's time to unveil Threshold and stop wasting time and money on flogging a dead horse.
  5. This is really nice actually. There were so many people (myself incuded) that had so many windows 8.1 problems when trying to download "ALL" of the updates and install them all at once. I think this will allow for the bugs to be minimized greatly and will hopefully turn out for the better.
  6. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +273

    Can they at least release a hotfix which gives me a start menu and removes that bug called metro.
  7. drjekel_mrhyde

    drjekel_mrhyde TS Rookie Posts: 101   +7

    I think a lot of people would like metro if they could make the tiles transparent(like WP8.1) or be able to change the tiles colors
  8. TadMSTR

    TadMSTR TS Enthusiast Posts: 37   +9

    Look up Classic Shell. Brings the Windows 7 Start menu back, with lots of options for customizing. I put it on all the Windows 8 computers at work. The users on Win8 greatly appreciated it.
  9. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Guru Posts: 645   +227

    *shakes his head no*

    It's a touch-based UI. It has no real place on a desktop in my opinion. I don't like holding my computer screen 3" from my face 8+ hours a day. Maybe I am an exception to the rule? Oh wait, Windows 8 has captured 12% of the operating system market compared to 50% still using Windows 7. Looks like I am nobody special after all. *sigh*
  10. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 490   +123

    Well at this time in its life cycle windows 7 had capture 22% of the market share and had passed vista's market share early in the year (talking 2011), but XP was still 60% of the over all market share so I Guess windows 7 was a flop as well. 8/8.1 has the same prob 7 had in the beginning the only people who moved to 7 were the vista users Xp was still all anyone wanted. 7 still gets the job doe great for many user so why move to 8? 7 has only seen a 6% market share increase since windows 8's release so technically windows 8/8. outgrew 7 by double. There was no huge reason for anyone running a normal dual core internet system to move to 8 because they will see no benefit in performance or extra usability for most.
  11. darkzelda

    darkzelda TS Addict Posts: 251   +86

    I hope they don't charge much for going from Windows 8.1 to Windows 9. It would be a terrible mistake since Windows 8 is still pretty recent
  12. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Guru Posts: 645   +227

    Windows 8 was a terrible mistake. So major changes are necessary to correct that.

    I fear the future of Windows may be too much for you too handle. Microsoft are planning on bringing back the traditional Start Menu, removing the flakey charms bar, bringing virtual desktops to Windows, and probably more stuff we don't know about just yet in Windows 9.

    If you are happy where you are I would suggest you simply not upgrade to Windows 9. It's an easy decision. Much like I have done with Windows 7.
  13. I use 8.1 in a desktop environment everyday & never even see metro. Boots straight to desktop by default.
    Granted a proper start menu is in order but that can be solved easily by installing Startmenu".
    I would have preferred an update 2. New installations would be much quicker than downloading all these updates...
  14. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    They probably noticed that xD. Windows 9 is probably gonna be 99% Windows 7 and 1% Windows 8.
  15. You're aware that he said "charge," not "change," right?
  16. I just hope upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 9 would be free or very cheap.

    I moved from Windows 7 to Windows 8, because of Explorer's Ribbon. And many other productivity enhancements as well:

    Designing the Windows 8 file name collision experience

    Improving our file management basics: copy, move, rename, and delete

    Metro UI in Windows 8:
    I never ever use Metro UI on my computers on windows 8. Releasing different SKUs is the idea they should have gone with from the start (desktop only for mouse-keyboard computers, both UIs for tablets such as the Surface Pro, and Metro only for low-end, cheap ARM tablets).
    I sure do hope they stick to that idea, because all the Metro/Modern UI takes space on the drive and makes the whole system more complex for nothing, at least for me who don’t use it at all.(plus it’s super annoying to have metro UI pop, for example, when searching for Bluetooth devices. Why ?)I guess we’ll see in a few months, when they release it.
  17. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Guru Posts: 645   +227

    *TheBigFatClown chants, "I hate myself, I hate myself" as he punches himself in the face*

    My mistake. The nick feels most appropriate at the moment. :) None the less, I'll take any opportunity I can to bash Windows 8 just a bit longer before it's quietly laid to rest in the not too distant future.

    With a proper response to the original post then....I doubt Microsoft will charge as much as they did in past versions of their OS since they are releasing new versions more frequently. I have heard it could actually be free for Windows 8 users.

    With Microsofts new "agile" development practice in place....pushing incremental updates out as rapidly as possible....versus releasing a new operating system every 3 years....they will probably try and lure everybody into a subscription based service to keep the operating system up to date.

    So while an update fee of $49 to go from Windows 8 to Windows 9 might seem like a good deal, if you have to pay that on a yearly basis, then it's not all that good a deal.

    If staying up to date on the latest version of Windows requires a subscription based periodic fee, I would simply wait as long as possible between updates until such a time that I felt the "payload" was worth the subscription fee, get my updates for the subscription period, let my subscription lapse, and then wait as long as possible. And as far as operating systems go, I still haven't really found any compelling reasons to upgrade to Windows 8 over Windows 7 other than, what would normally be considered, bragging rights for being on the latest Microsoft software. Although, in the case of Windows 8 I don't feel so left behind at the moment. More like, grateful that I am not a "hipster". I mean after all, who doesn't like purple and white square Windows plastered all over their I right?. :)
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2014

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