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Windows 8.1 to ship on 8/1, according to Paul Thurrott

By Rick
Jun 11, 2013
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  1. Long-time industry insider Paul Thurrott has indicated the shipment date for Windows 8.1 (formerly Windows Blue) will be August 1 -- or more cleverly put: 8/1. Thurrots date defies previous rumors of a later launch thought to possibly be sometime in October.

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  2. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,059   +646

    Windows 8.1 will be free and won't change any key functionality, rather it's meant to be a cosmetic and usability patch so August sounds quite feasible.

    With that in mind, the sooner the better for them since Windows 8 is bleeding and some of the improvements they have showed thus far appear to do well in addressing some (but not all) concerns about Metro and the desktop coexistence. Looking at the showcase video, the wallpaper thing when you switch from the desktop to Metro (and viceversa) makes the transition much more fluid. I believe they are also improving Metro Start for mouse operation, and finally are fixing search. So definitely looking forward to it (until then I'll keep using Start8).
     
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  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Makes sense.
     
  4. It will still be a piece of garbage and what I thought was a horrible UI looks even worse now!
     
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,156   +1,431

    Just 1 month between the first public preview and the final release - sounds quite improbable. It would be way out of Microsoft's approach to QA. That's why I doubt it...
     
  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,156   +1,431

    Windows 8.1 offers no good alternative to Start8 to consider removing it, you will be just as handicapped without it.
     
  7. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 962   +205

    Obviously that depends on what exactly you're getting out of Start8. Not everyone uses it for the start menu.
     
  8. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,156   +1,431

    Start8 is a Start Menu product, that's its purpose.
     
  9. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,156   +1,431

    Immediate access to the complete software catalogue is what needed in order to remain a power user, as opposed to becoming an OS surfer and waste time...
     
  10. tw0rld

    tw0rld TS Maniac Posts: 572   +6

    Let me hear the start menu babies cry!

    I want the start menuuuuuuu............waaaaaaaaaaaaaah!
    Do your job and stop crying.
     
  11. tw0rld

    tw0rld TS Maniac Posts: 572   +6

    The start menu does not give you immediate access to anything not available in windows 8. if you want immediate access as a power user, user the run box. Everthing you use as a power user you can access faster from there. eg win key + r then appwiz.cpl. That is a lot faster than anything you can do with the start menu.
     
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  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,559   +2,900

    Win 8 Brown Noser! WOW, I love this game. Lets throw a couple more names back and forth.
     
  13. tw0rld

    tw0rld TS Maniac Posts: 572   +6

    More out of frustration than anything. I hate reading complaint from people because they don't get what they want. Win 8 is not perfect, but most complainers never even tried it. Operative word is "most".
     
  14. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,559   +2,900

    Which includes myself. :)
     
  15. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,156   +1,431

    Yeah, right, listen to your drill sergeant now, he will tell you all you need to know about Windows 8, starting with the hot-key for push-ups.

    What a joker...
     
  16. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 962   +205


    That's one of its purposes. Some people might not have any issue with the start screen, but just want boot to desktop.
     
  17. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,156   +1,431

    Probably bought by the same people who then use their laptop for illuminating the room in the evening, just damn efficient :)
     
  18. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 962   +205


    I don't see how that's the same thing, at all. They're installing a product and not using all of its features. Don't people do that all the time?
     
  19. tw0rld

    tw0rld TS Maniac Posts: 572   +6

    Says the baby! Bet you are still running win 95!
     
  20. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,559   +2,900

    Contrasting statements. The farther one goes back in time the older they must be. Calling one a baby in this instance, is using the wrong end of the time scale.
     
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  21. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,156   +1,431

    Evidently, arguing to tw0rld is like peeing in his pants, everyone sees it but only he feels the warmth...
     
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  22. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,393   +108

    They should call it Windows 9 since Windows 8 not doing so well. Wonder if they got rid of adware bloatware in tile apps.
     
  23. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,324   +711

    Still no start menu? Still no way to disable the ribbon and other terrible "features"? Still no interest from the vast majority of users. If the morons running Microsoft want to kill the company, I say let em'. Somebody will happily take their place - maybe somebody who won't try turning the PC into a phone.
     
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  24. January 8th 2014? Got it! (y)
     
  25. Classic Shell offers a start button with the options to set the boot up to go directly to the desktop.
     

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