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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/16/microsoft-windows-8-1_n_4109966.html
AP  |  By By RYAN NAKASHIMA
Posted: 10/16/2013 3:09 pm EDT  |  Updated: 10/17/2013 5:20 am EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft is releasing its long-awaited Windows 8.1 upgrade as a free download starting Thursday. It addresses some of the gripes people have had with Windows 8, the dramatically different operating system that attempts to bridge the divide between tablets and PCs.

Windows 8.1 still features the dual worlds that Windows 8 created when it came out last October. On one hand, it features a touch-enabled tile interface resembling what's found in tablet computers. On the other, there's the old desktop mode where the keyboard and mouse still reign. The update adds some new finger- and gesture-friendly shortcuts for touch-based apps, while restoring some respect for the desktop mode that a billion PC users have become accustomed to.

The release comes as sales of traditional desktop and laptop computers continue to decline because consumers are spending money instead on the latest smartphones and tablets. It also comes at a time of transition for Microsoft as the Redmond, Wash., company focuses on devices and services, not just software. Earlier this month, Microsoft struck a deal to acquire Nokia's phone business and patent rights for more than $7 billion. Microsoft is also searching for a new CEO to replace Steven A. Ballmer, who announced last month that he plans to retire within the next year.

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Re: Microsoft Attempts To Redeem Windows 8 With Windows 8.1 Release
« Reply #1 on: Wed Oct 23, 2013 - 07:44:48 »
It seems as though there isn’t much interest in Windows 8.1.

My son said it fixed a problem he was having with the wireless connection on his Lenovo laptop.

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Re: Microsoft Attempts To Redeem Windows 8 With Windows 8.1 Release
« Reply #2 on: Fri Oct 25, 2013 - 05:31:19 »
MicroSith is caught between conflicting market forces.  On one hand there is the consumer market which is going increasingly toward tablets and smart phones and on the other hand are those of us who actually do computation intensive work.

IT is the latter that MS Dos and Windows took away from IBM, Control Data, Univac, etc which each ran some version of Unix.

Now with W8 MS is trying to wrap both worlds into a single operating system.  I see no benefit in that approach.  IF I am running AutoCad or ArcMap or Finalle or ProTools, I am not doing it on a cell phone.  By the same token I will not be running Angry Birds on the computer running those programs. Why not have separate operating systems for such vastly different uses?

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Re: Microsoft Attempts To Redeem Windows 8 With Windows 8.1 Release
« Reply #3 on: Sat Oct 26, 2013 - 16:53:00 »
Isn't technology amazing...I like to go be Another name sometimes...I like to be called AlienTech because this technology amazes me...People are so worried that Microsoft is making money off their stuff...of course they should...men that use more than 10 percent of their brain can accomplish anything...technology is not to be feared...it is to be embraced...if Alien's gave us newer and wilder technology we can embrace it...God made the entire universe, so he made aliens and he made AlienTech...check out the wild new Alienware that Dell has to offer...Now, that is a powerful gaming system...children are so far ahead of us and they aren't scared of technology...they pick it right up and go with it...Why, because children are the innocent and they are not hampered by stuff that adults are...just make sure your kids get outside and don't spend all their free time on the computer or smartphone...let them get outside and kick up the leaves and lay around on the grass...adults can do that as well; get in touch with your inner child  ::amen!:: ::clappingoverhead:: ::preachit:: Man can do more amazing things every day...the only restriction is that you make your money from ambition and not from being devious...The Lord is the most devious of all so he knows the difference between ambition and devious intentions  ::idea::

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Re: Microsoft Attempts To Redeem Windows 8 With Windows 8.1 Release
« Reply #4 on: Sat Oct 26, 2013 - 17:15:40 »
Just understand I'm not here to promote Dell exclusively...all our technology today is amazing !!!  You are free men/women...You are free to choose any computer you want...just, don't be scared of it...God needed a way to get His message out...what a perfect invention the worldwideweb...spread the word...wireless networking is just one of God's many gifts to us...sure a man may have made it...but where do you think the inspiration came from?  ::idea::

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Re: Microsoft Attempts To Redeem Windows 8 With Windows 8.1 Release
« Reply #5 on: Mon Oct 28, 2013 - 12:04:00 »
TS, I have to disagree.

God set up a system - it is called "Parents" - and it is intended to take children and turn them into adults.

So with the computer and tech rage, we parents are to guide our children AWAY from gaming and social sites into doing serious engineering, physics, cartography, economic forecasts, etc.

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Re: Microsoft Attempts To Redeem Windows 8 With Windows 8.1 Release
« Reply #6 on: Tue Nov 05, 2013 - 19:20:28 »
MicroSith is caught between conflicting market forces.  On one hand there is the consumer market which is going increasingly toward tablets and smart phones and on the other hand are those of us who actually do computation intensive work.

IT is the latter that MS Dos and Windows took away from IBM, Control Data, Univac, etc which each ran some version of Unix.

Now with W8 MS is trying to wrap both worlds into a single operating system.  I see no benefit in that approach.  IF I am running AutoCad or ArcMap or Finalle or ProTools, I am not doing it on a cell phone.  By the same token I will not be running Angry Birds on the computer running those programs. Why not have separate operating systems for such vastly different uses?

Are you familiar with what Ubuntu was trying to do?  One operating system, running on a cell phone like device, that could be docked when at home in a desktop type environment?

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Re: Microsoft Attempts To Redeem Windows 8 With Windows 8.1 Release
« Reply #7 on: Wed Nov 06, 2013 - 05:18:33 »
I am. 

I had ubuntu on my laptop for a while.  Then they started putting out the "Unity" desktop instead of Gnome.  One friend described it aptly as the "Fisher-Price interface." I now have Mint linux which is built on the ubuntu/Debian base but retains a proper interface for a desk or laptop.

Again - what works well for a single 3" screen is not necessarily best for a dual 22" widescreen system.

As to docking a cell phone up to a KVM; again if you want to do REAL work on a computer you will not choose the stripped down processing power of a phone.
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Re: Microsoft Attempts To Redeem Windows 8 With Windows 8.1 Release
« Reply #8 on: Sat Nov 23, 2013 - 10:42:23 »
I am. 

I had ubuntu on my laptop for a while.  Then they started putting out the "Unity" desktop instead of Gnome.  One friend described it aptly as the "Fisher-Price interface." I now have Mint linux which is built on the ubuntu/Debian base but retains a proper interface for a desk or laptop.

Again - what works well for a single 3" screen is not necessarily best for a dual 22" widescreen system.

As to docking a cell phone up to a KVM; again if you want to do REAL work on a computer you will not choose the stripped down processing power of a phone.

I tried Ubuntu - version 9 which I think was the older desktop. I liked it but the problem is getting the software. It's not so much the main applications but all the little utilities that exist in the Windows world. They just aren't there. Also if they weren't in the Ubuntu repositary then you needed to be a techie to install the ones that were around.

I gave up on it.

I now have a new PC with Windows 7 (I backed off Windows 8 because of the reviews). It's OK but I don't see it as any great advance over XP for what I do.

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Re: Microsoft Attempts To Redeem Windows 8 With Windows 8.1 Release
« Reply #9 on: Wed Dec 04, 2013 - 14:54:00 »
Now with W8 MS is trying to wrap both worlds into a single operating system.  I see no benefit in that approach.  IF I am running AutoCad or ArcMap or Finalle or ProTools, I am not doing it on a cell phone.  By the same token I will not be running Angry Birds on the computer running those programs. Why not have separate operating systems for such vastly different uses?
The evil empire had past success with running multiple operating systems in a single package (Windows running over top of DOS), so it seems that they should be able to create a pocket universe of touch-screen-y goodness within the *cough* robust applications platform that is Windows.

Their mistake was that they tried to make the touch-screen part of it the main part.  It needs to be a subordinate thing.

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FWIW, my current 'puter is a Lenovo table PC with W8.
« Last Edit: Wed Dec 04, 2013 - 14:56:27 by Wycliffes_Shillelagh »