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Windows 8.1 Update 1: 10 Key Changes

Windows 8.1 Update 1 makes the Modern UI and Start screen a little friendlier for the mouse-and-keyboard crowd. But it won't silence critics.
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In Windows 8.1, you can bypass the Start screen (and Modern UI altogether) by delving into the taskbar settings and configuring this option. Windows 8.1 Update 1 does this automatically on devices without touchscreens -- a very large market segment that includes most of today's enterprise desktop and laptop PCs. The change, while minor, may prove popular among Microsoft's corporate customers, many of whom don't want to spend the time and effort to retrain employees to use the Modern UI.

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In Windows 8.1, you can bypass the Start screen (and Modern UI altogether) by delving into the taskbar settings and configuring this option. Windows 8.1 Update 1 does this automatically on devices without touchscreens -- a very large market segment that includes most of today's enterprise desktop and laptop PCs. The change, while minor, may prove popular among Microsoft's corporate customers, many of whom don't want to spend the time and effort to retrain employees to use the Modern UI.

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UberGoober
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3/7/2014 | 1:43:49 PM
Yawn...
Contratulations, Win8.1 Update 1 now sucks less on a desktop.  Compared to every other modern desktop OS it still sucks A LOT, though. 

Its time to admit failure and bring back a UI that closely resembles Win7, at least as an option. Win7 was the highly polished (for Microsoft) end-result of a couple of decades of evolution.  It does what Windows users want to do in a pretty decent fashion that over half a billion people already know how to work.

If we can't admit failure, give us something like OS-X.  Or KDE.  Or Gnome.  Ad nauseum.  There are a dozen or more shells out there that are vastly better than Win8.
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3/7/2014 | 1:39:08 PM
Re: all ui and no internal changes?
I did not know that, but it shows how much Microsoft is losing sight of its greatest cash cow, the enterprise. When Windows 7 is no longer available, they'll really have businesses exercising their downgrade rights, while looking to move away from Windows ASAP.
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3/7/2014 | 12:37:39 PM
all ui and no internal changes?
no mention of internal changes such as the ability to actually uninstall a metro app? (right now, metro apps only uninstall for the current user, anyone else that logs in has all the apps installed again. You have to go into powershell to actuall uninstall something) which makes it almost unusable in a corporate environment.

 
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