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Microsoft Releases First Windows 8.1 Fixes
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Mark532010
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Mark532010,
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7/9/2013 | 6:17:26 PM
re: Microsoft Releases First Windows 8.1 Fixes
The condemnation comes because this is a major loss in functionality of a key app. Especially taken in context with the similar loss of functionality of the music app shows that this is not evolving due to consumer demand, it is just Microsoft making it more and more difficult to use anything but their solution - and that is newsworthy.
Tronist
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7/9/2013 | 12:02:07 PM
re: Microsoft Releases First Windows 8.1 Fixes
The best fix for Windows 8.1 is Windows 7.
TubaOrNotTuba
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TubaOrNotTuba,
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7/8/2013 | 11:34:09 PM
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It's a junk app anyway. Picasa is a far superior program. I have almost 1TB of digital photos and there's no way I'm paying to store them in Skydrive or on any other Internet company's servers. As such, it'll get uninstalled just as fast as all the other preinstalled junk in Metro.
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TubaOrNotTuba,
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7/8/2013 | 11:08:47 PM
re: Microsoft Releases First Windows 8.1 Fixes
Why is this news? 8.1 is in beta and I would expect to see updates for it, in fact I would expect to see a LOT of updates for it before ships. Updates for a beta product are not news at all.
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Mark532010,
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7/8/2013 | 7:33:19 PM
re: Microsoft Releases First Windows 8.1 Fixes
The photo app change is not a surprise and I would expect similar changes to the other metro/modern apps from Microsoft. They are removing most functionality that is not skydrive-centric. No more libraries - i.e. no support for folders other than where MS tells you to store things, no more nas devices, no more remote computer folders, no more 3rd-party website support....its all skydrive all the time, for anything else - well, you just need to get someone to write an app for that!
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MattressTagInspector,
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7/8/2013 | 6:38:47 PM
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It boggles the mind that even after all the uproar, the start menu will not return as an option in 8.1. Where do the power users with multiple (non-touch) monitors fit within Steve's "devices and services vision"?

Maybe "power users" are not a huge segment of the market, but they are the source of advice, support, and perceptions for the many other Windows users.
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stoneyh,
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7/8/2013 | 6:09:11 PM
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Its a preview. Does that not by definition mean there would be ongoing change/updates/patches? Seems MS's inability to when stems as much from "analysts" that can't make up their minds. If MS stands pat "they don't care about their users" and if MS makes changes to please end users "they lack direction".
Windows 8 is a disruptive product and Windows 8.1 seems like an attempt by MS to evolve the product with some respect for consumer demand. I don't really see how that is something to condemn.
midmachine
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7/8/2013 | 4:51:11 PM
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This is good, not a problem. Appears that the quick turnaround target is taking hold. All in all good fixes and updates, although I wouldn't have included the definition update under bug fixes, that's a normal type of update. Regarding the photo app; I think it makes sense since there will be a Facebook app that that wasn't part of the new photo app. Also, it likely reflects concessions that MS had to make to Facebook in order for them to develop/support an app for Win 8? Possible?


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