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Microsoft's Windows 8.1: When will users get the final bit

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    Microsoft's Windows 8.1: When will users get the final bit


    Microsoft is closing in on its publicly stated target of the end of August for releasing to manufacturing Windows 8.1.

    But many of those waiting for the new release are less interested in the RTM date than the date when they'll be able to grab the final bits. And Microsoft officials still have said nothing about when that will be.

    Just this past weekend, a fairly recent build (9471) of the OS leaked to the Web. This is a pre-escrow build (as far as I know), but includes the new tutorial and navigation aids, which Microsoft officials said back in June would be coming to Windows 8.1 by RTM.

    (Escrow builds are typically builds that are near-final milestone builds on which development stops while final testing is done. One of my sources said August 5 is when Windows 8.1 actually entered escrow.)

    Microsoft execs said last month that the company would deliver Windows 8.1 RTM code to its OEMs by the end of August. I'm still hearing that Microsoft is on track to finalize Windows 8.1 the last week of August.

    Unlike the case with Windows 8, however, I'm hearing scuttlebutt that Microsoft is not planning to make available the final Windows 8.1 bits to its MSDN or TechNet subscribers shortly after the release RTMs. In the case of Windows 8, Microsoft RTM'd on August 1 and made the RTM bits available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers in mid-August, even though consumers couldn't get the final version until late October 2012
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    I am hoping that since this is a "free" update that MS won't make those that bought Windows 8 wait until October. My Windows 8 system is almost in need of a clean install and I hope to have 8.1 when I do that.
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    I have tried Windows 8.1 preview on a Surface tab in a Microsoft store once. I will say that it is a step up in customizing the start screen, but people of course will still dislike the fact that it is so different from Windows 7 and earlier.
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    Thanks Shawn. . .
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    Hi there
    Unless there are some MAJOR fixes to IE11 or they incorporate the ability to run IE10 in the release it's NOT going to fly off the shelves.

    For those who haven't tried W8.1 yet IE11 is the version of the browser included with the OS. No IE10 or earlier versions are installable.

    Why didn't Ms concentrate on getting the OS right FIRST and then mess around with things like IE11 that they could surely do as a separate exercise.

    It's no good saying IE11 will run in "Compatibility" mode -- as it surely won't run without problems -- there are several (but liveable) issues STILL with IE10 -- and for some large applications we use at work we still have to use IE9 (no we can't switch to Chrome / Firefox etc -- the IE browser is part of the web services that the backend office software uses and while the software company are trying to develop fixes for IE10 rolling out new releases etc of things like SAP is NOT a trivial exercise --sometimes upgrading one of these releases can take several years -- the reasons are extremely complex and well beyond the scope of this post --that's why some of those consultants can get paid as much as 1100 EUR A DAY !!. Nice work if you can get it. !!

    Cheers
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    Unfortunately, MS thinks that they put you in the drivers seat with Win 8. and 8.1.

    They let you drive but they hold the steering wheel. In other words they won't apply what users have been complaining about for the past 2 years. There is a big difference between a desktop O/S and a Pad or Phone.

    I don't want a desktop O/S that works like a phone. BTW, why is it still called Windows? Oh, and Jimbo45 hit the nail on the head. You can't even drive IE like you want now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zardoc View Post
    Unfortunately, MS thinks that they put you in the drivers seat with Win 8. and 8.1.

    They let you drive but they hold the steering wheel. In other words they won't apply what users have been complaining about for the past 2 years. There is a big difference between a desktop O/S and a Pad or Phone.

    I don't want a desktop O/S that works like a phone. BTW, why is it still called Windows? Oh, and Jimbo45 hit the nail on the head. You can't even drive IE like you want now!

    Party poopers
    Hi there
    It is probable from your post that you haven't actually TRIED W8.1 yet -- sorry if I'm wrong - but there are a lot of improvements in W8.1 that make it much more suitable as a desktop OS than W8 -- for instance Boot straight to desktop and the selection of the order of which of the two "Start screens" are displayed when you want to navigate to start. You can also disable the corner navigation making the whole desktop much more "Mouse and Keyboard" friendly - although I never had any problem with the corner navigation.

    There will be other improvements too -- please note W8.1 is DIFFERENT to W8 so a lot of the gripes just are Non Applicable or not relevant for W8.1

    My gripe as I've said is that IE11 still has problems but this is nothing to do with the GUI.

    Cheers

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    Of course it has problems, it's a beta. Sheesh. IE10 had problems too, as did IE9. You're just repeating the same old arguments.
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    IE-11 for 8.1 got a Flash update today to correct video playback problem where screen will flicker between bright and dark.
    New ver is 11.8.800.107

    Jim
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    IE-11 for 8.1 got a Flash update today to correct video playback problem where screen will flicker between bright and dark.
    New ver is 11.8.800.107

    Jim
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