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Microsoft Really Wants to Make Windows 8.1 Much Better...

Microsoft will launch the Windows 8.1 OS update on October 18, with the company to offer it as a free download through the Store for all Windows 8 adopters.

While many have criticized Redmond for some of the improvements included in 8.1, the company seems to be really keen on making it much better than the core operating system, probably in an attempt to boost sales of a product whose image was severely affected in the last 12 months.

Today, we’ve learned that the tech giant is planning to launch a major update for Windows 8.1 in early 2014 that would coincide with the launch of Windows Phone 8.1.
Microsoft Really Wants to Make Windows 8.1 Much Better than Windows 8
 

SIW2

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I have no doubt they would it to sell more than 8.0 did. That would be better for MS .
 

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Phone Man

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MS said their new policy was for annual updates to windows as opposed to waiting for a new release every 3 years and this would be the 2nd revision of 8. My guess that Windows 9 may follow in 2015. Interesting article from Paul Thurrott on where Windows is going.

Windows Desktop Death | Windows 8 content from Windows IT Pro

As Metro apps get more function they will compete against Desktop apps. Then the desktop would run in a virtual environment. This may take years but it may be the future.

Jim :cool:
 

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alphanumeric

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Another free upgrade for the 8 faithful? Hopefully it actually adds something useful other than just being a service pack full of accumulated updates.
 

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Dwarf

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They can start by fixing the bug in Hyper V, whereby I find the following:
For some reason, when I enable Hyper V, I find that the system bus speed has decreased from 100MHz to ~97MHz. This is annoying, and surely MS should find a solution for this issue, not least because system bus speed can affect all other peripherals in the system.
Neither VMware nor VirtualBox suffer from this problem.
 

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