But MS have addressed things that I have no, or less than no interest in (cloud, that stupid integrated search etc) but appear to have brought nothing to the table for desktop users. The only thing that appeals to me is the new 'small' tiles, but apparently they can't be used on 'real' programs, only 'apps'.
And no, that half-a$$ed 'start button' doesn't qualify, I consider it to be patronizing, and insulting. Classic Shell better still work on 8.1, and Sky-Drive etc better be able to be disabled and ignored, with no loss of functionality.
BTW, has Ballmer's watch stopped, or something? I make it 4am on the west coast of America at the moment, and still no sign of 8.1. And it's almost the 27th here now (SE Australia).
Available on the 26th should mean 'available at 12.01am on the 26th', not 'available when we get around to it'.
If they do offer up full install media (ISO files), that will help a lot of people out that want to do a clean install instead of a factory recovery, and currently don't have install media. Assuming it will read the embedded keys like current disks do. The next few days should be interesting to say the least.
I'm too lazy to download this ISO with 8.1 in it for 3 reasons:
1. My Internet connection is FAR too slow for this and it might take more than half a day to download.
2. Windows 8.1 is pointless on my desktop if all of the new features on 8.1 are on the Metro side. (the Start button leading to the Metro screen is mockery) I had far more thrill downloading the Release Preview long ago because at least, there was a hack to bring back the old Start button and Start menu so I had dual booted that with my Windows 7 at that time and was worth the fun.
3. I am simply gonna wait for the uptake of user feedback once users (with faster connections) get a taste of it. Maybe that can change my mind a bit that I highly doubt right now since we've long been notified of what new there is to expect.
I'm going to give the preview a look see, I'll just update though the app store this time around. I'll snag an ISO when the final version comes out and do a clean install then. I could image my system but I don't mind doing a clean install every now and then. If the start screen becomes easier to organize it will make it all that much easier. I'm not running 8 on my desktop PC's and don't have any plans to do so. I have 8 on my laptop and I'll keep using it on that. If I had a Windows 8 tablet I'd likely put 7 on my laptop too.