re: Windows 8.1 Timing All Wrong
Wait just a second. The OEMs and component manufacturers either are living in a cave or they know that MS releases products in October too. Make NO mistake, Intel, AMD, ARM, Dell, HP, etc... ALL are here today because of Microsoft. How is it all of the sudden Microsoft's fault that the OEMs decided to jump the gun? Microsoft has RTM'd products on a predictable schedule for over a decade. Why are you slamming them for sticking to their schedule? If they rushed 8.1 to keep up with new hardware you'd just as quickly slam them if something didn't work wright.
Let's see. Do vendors who make fuel pumps, air bag control systems, traction control systems, etc... release their wares to the public before Ford, GM, Toyota, BMW, etc... all come out with their latest models? While I get that this isn't an apples-to-apples comparison, my point is the hardware folks understand, or should understand, when MS is going to release the products that actually justify new hardware, so why are they releasing things months early?
Now, for all the Linux fans out there, and there seem to be many here despite the dismal % of actually installs in the real world, NO, Linux does not, has never, and will not in the foreseeable future drive hardware sales and no Linux is not an alternative for 99.999% of desktop users. No, Linux doesn't make Intel, AMD, ARM, HP, Dell, etc... any $. In fact, I would venture to say that every hardware vendor would just as soon see Linux go away so they didn't have to support the bazillion different flavors out there. Go ahead and flame away, but the truth hurts. Linux is not an alternative so don't push it as one.
In the end, Microsoft is doing what they've done for over a decade. Hardware vendors are biting the hand that feeds them and writers like Mr. Feibus don't seem to get it. They've blasted Windows 8 and yet I doubt many have actually used it for long enough to justify the lambasting they've done. I've championed it many times in these forums, but if you don't like Metro, I don't on desktops (it's acceptable on my 8 Pro tablet), just install Classic Shell (there are others but none like CS) and stop whining. 8.1 doesn't give you the Start button you're looking for and very few other 8.1 changes are actually make-or-break updates. 8.0 is just fine if you take 5 minutes to learn your way around. Is it perfect? Absolutely not, but then again someone has found a reason to complain about every product that every vendor has ever produced.
As they say, you can please some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time but you can't please all of the people all of the time. The problem is it doesn't seem possible to please any of the reporters/writers just about any time and when the deride a product the brainwashed public just follow along. They killed Vista and yet with the right hardware Vista works just fine. Maybe they bit the hand that feeds them for too long because they didn't slam Win7 too much and yet there are plenty that I heard customers didn't like. Then comes 8 with a GUI that works if you spend 5 minutes to learn and tweak and it was just too much for the old writers used to Windows 95's GUI.
In the end, again, is Windows 8.0 perfect, no, does it work well, absolutely, IF, and that's a BIG IF, you have an open mind and spend the 5 minutes it takes to learn and configure it for daily use.
Let the flames begin...