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Goodbye Windows 8, hello Windows 8.1

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    Goodbye Windows 8, hello Windows 8.1


    Consider the following: Internet Explorer 11 is available as a preview for Windows 7 or as part of the Windows 8.1 preview, but not for Windows 8. Similarly, PowerShell 4 will run on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, but not Windows 8 even though it will be available for Windows Server 2012, which is the same core code as Windows 8.

    So does this mean Microsoft giving up on Windows 8? Um, no.
    Windows 8.1 is Windows 8, as far as Microsoft is concerned. It's an update to Windows 8 that will be available in the Windows Store, free of charge. It has new APIs that aren't in Windows 8 that Internet Explorer can use.
    Read this


    Windows 8.1 unveiled: will it change your mind about Windows 8?

    The Start button is back. But that's just one of a very long list of changes you'll find in Windows 8.1, which will be available as a preview in a few weeks and will be released before the end of the year. Don't let the name or the price tag (free) fool you: this is a major update. Here's what's inside.



    Microsoft will port some but not all of those back to Windows 7 for IE 11; as we understand it, the HTML5 Media Source Extensions and Encrypted Media Extensions support that lets you stream Netflix in IE 11 without needing a plugin won't make it to Windows 7.
    Goodbye Windows 8, hello Windows 8.1 | ZDNet

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    Why do these reviewers keep saying "the start button is back" when it isn't?
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    Quote Originally Posted by acr731 View Post
    Why do these reviewers keep saying "the start button is back" when it isn't?
    It's obvious that a (sort of) start button is available, in lower left corner... but we know that it's not THE start button most expected.
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Consider the following: Internet Explorer 11 is available as a preview for Windows 7 or as part of the Windows 8.1 preview, but not for Windows 8. Similarly, PowerShell 4 will run on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, but not Windows 8 — even though it will be available for Windows Server 2012, which is the same core code as Windows 8.
    It's clear, they want everyone to upgrade (or something else) since 8.0 will lack some support, a strategic move...
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/ Windows 8.1 64 bit


    I've not missed the Start button so it doesn't make any difference to me.
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    4 Windows 7 Pro Sp1- 4 Win 8 Pro, 1- xp pro sp3


    I like the start button on pc, but I do not need it on my tablet, so I will use classic shell instead
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    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode


    Quote Originally Posted by acr731 View Post
    Why do these reviewers keep saying "the start button is back" when it isn't?
    Because they believe we're stupid enough to believe whatever they tell us...
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    There's nothing much between IE10 and IE11, let MS keep their precious IE11
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Theoretically the 'Start Button' is back but that's not to be confused as saying the 'Start Menu' is back.
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    I'll install Win 8.1, but I'll continue to use Classic Shell... I like the improved underpinnings of Win8, just not the "improved" interface...
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