I ran the 8.1 Pro evaluation upgrade on Saturday and so far so good. Everything seems to be working well and I like some of the new features. Will probably do the final update when it comes out in October.
With all of the work being poured into Windows in the form of Windows 8.1 it makes me really wonder what Windows 9 is going to be like ... unless there's going to be an 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, and so on.
I will say goodbye to 8 and 8.1 because lacking the standard Start Button/Start Menu/All Programs means that a "quick click" on the Pearl/Start Button and typing a few characters into the search field for files and folders was fast, very fast. Also the ability to right click any program or file from the Start Menu/search or the All Programs menu to "send shortcut to desktop" is very fast.
People from desktop illustrators to network administrators are use to quickly adding and removing shortcuts from the desktop when working on projects. There is no fast way to access "everything" in 8 or 8.1.
On the otherside of the coin, 8 and 8.1 are okay for for hand-held devices, but not for desktop and laptop personal computers.
I have found a strange thing between Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 and Excel. I use Excel a lot and still use Excel 2000 because I prefer the simple way I can set up macros and add a button to a toolbar to run each of these macros. In Windows 8 my new much extended toolbars work just as they do in Windows 7. So far I have been unable to get Windows 8.1 to remember my revised toolbar and everytime I load Excel or load a spreadsheet all I get is the basic toolbars.
It's possible this may be sorted in the final release, if not it means I will be staying with Windows 7 for that reason alone.
I probably should have realized when I posted my comment that, obviously, even if they go in .1 increments, they'll reach Windows 9 eventually. I guess what I meant was that if their plan is to evolve this slowly, it might be a while until we see Windows 9.
And I personally don't know at all if they are going to completely divorce the tablet aspect of the OS from the desktop part. Who knows what MS is up to nowadays.