Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaks online, brings a handful of desktop friendly tweaks

By Jos ยท 14 replies
Feb 3, 2014
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  1. Screenshots published last week by Russian leaker Wzor suggest Microsoft is planning a few desktop friendly changes with an upcoming update to Windows 8.1. Well, that's all but confirmed now as an early build has made its way onto torrent...

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  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    Sounds like my Windows 8 phone features making it way to the desktop/laptop with this update.
  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    This isnt enough for businesses to adopt the OS. Windows 9 has to bring back the start menu or we will see Windows 7 sticking around for a while.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  4. We will see WIN 7 stay around because businesses have been and are moving from XP and are loathe to start another upgrade cycle. If you had a business decision to make about updating from XP
    and your choice is Win 7 (has been out awhile) or NEW Win 8 which would you choose.

    I can remember back when I worked in computers, one customer was very reluctant to move to XP as Windows 95 was well known and they were reluctant to go through the testing, training, etc.
    To them the migration issues, time, money were unknown and a "if it ain't broke" mentality prevailed.
  5. thelatestmodel

    thelatestmodel TS Booster Posts: 117   +44

    Any IT department that works like this is doomed. You have to keep future upgrades in mind and accept that you will never, ever be sitting pretty. There's always some new **** to do. Case in point, companies have a matter of months to get off of XP before it becomes a huge security risk. For many, time has already run out.
  6. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    A case of doomed if you don't and doomed if you do! I suspect that many organisations cannot afford a major IT update thanks to the recession and many may be using applications not tested with W8. Some of those applications may come from a major supplier such as Oracle that tend to be a couple of generations behind MS.

    A switch to W8 for a company would mean training the majority of the workforce which could cost several times the cost of the software. There would be the direct cost of the training and the opportunity cost of staff being away from their day job. And don't forget the initial loss of productivity!
  7. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Guru Posts: 683   +253

    Wow, way to be a drama queen. Do you have a degree in acting? Over and over like a broken record I keep hearing the world is going to end if anyone uses Windows XP past the support ending dates. Time has run out? TIME HAS RUN OUT? OMG, were all gonna DIE!!!!!

    LOL. Phffffttttt!!!!!

    You do know that several other companies have already publicly stated that they will continue supporting their products for Windows XP, right? Microsoft ain't the only game in town.
  8. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Evangelist Posts: 415   +186

    What can other companies do to secure security holes and exploits at the operatiing system level --- absolutely NOTHING. Any business still running XP past April 2014 might as well disable any badging & physical security systems.
  9. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    You need to check your facts. MS will continue to issue security risks for XP till July 2015. In addition anti virus companies will continue to support XP.

    I would suspect that most companies which need to update from XP will choose W7 even when W9 is released.
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,724   +3,697

    What an *****ic statement. Just because someone is wearing old cloths, doesn't mean they should completely undress. Just because they are still running XP, doesn't mean they will become an immediate target after April 2014. Why don't we leave this judgment for the IT department to decide. After all it is their job on the line, to know what is best for their company.

    There are companies that are completely cut off from the rest of the world. The only way to target them, would be to physically visit the location and hope you get access to a terminal. Under these condition, I don't think it really matters how many security holes are in the OS.
  11. Mike Steele

    Mike Steele TS Enthusiast Posts: 37   +6

    If they keep working on it, maybe I might reinstall windows 8.x as a novelty o/s
  12. Blah. Everything I did in Word 2 I do now in Word 2013 except things are now bloated and slower & are more the security risk!
  13. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,724   +3,697

    I don't know how I should interpret this.
    • First the thought of the users needs being met by software from 1995.
    • Second the thought of the user upgrading when a 486 system from 1990's seem to be sufficient.
    • Third mentioning current systems being slow, while suggesting that all their needs can be met by an extremely aged system.
    • Forth commenting about Word as if it is the only aspect of an OS, which is the topic not Word.
    Being around through the years and watching Windows (and Word for the merit of this comment) develop, I can only envision someone making this comment, if they rarely ever use a PC. And only use the PC to make occasional Word documents in a very basic format. Makes me wonder why they don't simply use WordPad or NotePad for that matter.
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  14. Guest17

    Guest17 TS Enthusiast Posts: 92   +37

    Incremental downgrade/upgrades are merely time lapse mechanisms Microsoft is employing to save face for its W8 blunder; as most people can attest, hubris is hard to swallow. Still, only Micro-shills and Micro-hacks will label these tweaks as noteworthy. The rest of us will continue cling to W7 like a well-worn pair of shoes and feel pleasantly comfortable doing so.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  15. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    @cliffordcooley - I'm generally a big fan of using older, less bloated software if you don't need all the features of the newer ones. To your point, if all he is using Word for today is the same he did in 95, then perhaps he's better off saving the money spent on Office and just using a free option either in the cloud or something like LibreOffice.
    cliffordcooley likes this.

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