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8 Reasons To Hate Windows 8.1

Sure, it's an improvement over Windows 8. But for many PC users, Windows 8.1 is a clumsy hybrid that's a pain to navigate.
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Just how unloved is Windows 8's new interface? Consider this: One of Windows 8.1's hot new features is the ability to bypass the Live Tile user interface and boot directly to the traditional Windows desktop. It's a tacit admission by Microsoft that its ambitious goal of creating a unified interface for mobile and desktop devices hasn't exactly gotten a warm embrace from longtime Windows users.

That can't be good. Much has been written about the jarring distinction between Windows 8 and its predecessors, all of which had the same look and feel (with a few tweaks) dating back to Windows 95. Of course, change isn't necessarily a bad thing; it's often for the best, in fact, even when people resist it, which they usually do.

Windows 8 featured a new UI optimized for multitouch tablets, which Microsoft slapped on top of a crippled Windows desktop sans the Start button/menu. This one-UI-fits-all-devices approach backfired, resulting in confused end users, as well as wary enterprise uses unwilling to upgrade from earlier versions.

PC shipments began to plummet at around the same time that Windows 8 arrived. It's not fair to pin moribund PC sales entirely on Windows 8 -- for many global consumers, a tablet or smartphone is the better, cheaper choice -- but the hybrid OS was certainly a contributing factor.

A year after Windows 8's debut, Windows 8.1 is here. Is it better than its predecessor? Yes, but in small ways. The overall presentation is essentially unchanged, albeit with some needed improvements. You'll find a visual tour here.

If you're a Windows 8 hater, Windows 8.1 probably won't change your opinion of the OS. (It's worth noting that in addition to the Live Tile UI, Windows 8.x offers other enhancements, most notably faster startup times.) New features such as the return of the Start button and boot-to-desktop are welcome additions, but they might make Windows 7 users wonder: Why upgrade at all?

This doesn't mean that Windows 8.1 will fail. If touchscreen laptops and hybrid devices like Microsoft's own Surface Pro 2 prove popular with businesses and consumers, the operating system's touch-oriented UI and mobile-style apps might prove a winner in the long run. But for legacy desktops and laptops, Windows 8.x remains a hard sell.    

Here are eight reasons to hate -- or at the very least, dislike -- Windows 8.1. If you think the latest version of Windows is getting a bum rap here, let us know in the comments below.

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Manny924
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Manny924,
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11/26/2013 | 9:57:46 AM
Re: Windows new OS, the best it's ever been
Microsofts' exuberance over it's discovery of the Tile may have been taken too far when it went to the desktop. In my opinion, they failed the desktop launch when they didn't have the option for the standard desktop at bootup -  (I agree, W7 is a great OS). Even if they made it smart enough to know when it was installed on a touch device or not - at least it would have appeard they thought it through - but atlas they missed it.

In my opinion, the bias in the articles I read (I went back and checked my OneNote where I keep the IW articles) the Apple articles were always upbeat and any reference to a "con" feature is coated with candy, same goes for Droid.

Articles about Windows seem to favor a harsher tone and negative slant. IMO

Microsoft products (I have a Windows phone, the surface and a W7 desktop soon to have a W8 touch notebook) no matter where I am or what I'm doing (so long as I can get to wifi or 4g) I am seamlessly in touch with ALL of my data.

I can be at a client, log into my SkyDrive account, and I can access my workstation back at my office. I can access any files I may need while working at a client site. My calendar and email can be read from anywhere and is always up to date.

For all of the negative press - those who write these articles - have you ever used the technology you comment on, or are you reading about it from your iPad?

My apologies if I am being a curmudgeon - venting after all these months of reading and listening to the critics all the while wondering what the heck they're talking about!

Thanks for hearing me out.

Cheers to all, enjoy your Thanksgiving!
PaulS681
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11/25/2013 | 8:08:11 PM
Re: Windows new OS, the best it's ever been
@Manny... I wouldn't say Apple has done no wrong. But MS is misjudginging and ignoring the majority of it's users. Windows 7 is a great OS. Why was it changed so much when it didn't need to be?
PaulS681
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PaulS681,
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11/25/2013 | 7:59:44 PM
Why?
Why did MS feel compelled to make so many changes to a OS ? Taking away the start button was just stupid in my opinion. Also forcing everyone to boot to the start screen was as well. The have fixed those in 8.1 sort of. They shouldnt have had to fix them because they never should have changed them. You need to change and make things better but MS did that without even considering what the long term users of windows liked and disliked.
BigBlueMeanie
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11/25/2013 | 1:58:59 PM
Re: Mobile and Desktop Hybrids
I absolutely agree - and would suggest 99.5% of my clients feel the same way. 
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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11/24/2013 | 4:54:49 PM
Re: The real business reason to hate win 8
Even Apple knows better than to try to condense all devices into one OS as Microsoft has tried doing with Windows 8.1. 

With Mac OS X and iOS clearly separated, I think that's really the smartest thing. Microsoft tried something new, and it's ultimately going to cost them a lot of money. 
AyushA086
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AyushA086,
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11/24/2013 | 3:50:57 AM
8.1 sucks!!!
The 8 reasons told by the bloggers are accurate which even i ve felt the same way .I have a Dell Inspiron 5521 (15R). My battery backup after updating from windows 8 to 8.1 reduced down from 4.5hrs to 2hrs.So windows 8.1 also reduces the battery backup of ur pc.Also the mouse pointer hangs alot in windows 8.But in win 8.1 the no of hangs increased lots more than win 8 
shamika
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shamika,
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11/24/2013 | 12:01:36 AM
Re: The real business reason to hate win 8
It seems Windows 8.1 Preview Release is Beta software where it can cause issues and will not work at all which will spend more time cleaning up the software than utilizing it.
Russellii
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Russellii,
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11/23/2013 | 7:12:36 PM
The real business reason to hate win 8
You cant log in and sync using office 360 email address.

RT units can't join the domain
Manny924
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Manny924,
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11/23/2013 | 9:37:30 AM
Windows new OS, the best it's ever been
Oh, Microsoft being bashed again, what a surprise.

This blathering on, criticizing Microsoft is getting old. Apple can do no wrong and Microsoft can do no right.

Time to unsubscribe.
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11/23/2013 | 9:26:31 AM
Re: Mobile and Desktop Hybrids
I absolutely agree with that...I have been using 8.1 ever since it launched, and Iam not impressed with 8 overall on my non-touch desktop!!

It doesn't delight me one bit....I hardly ever use the windows 8 start screen UI and the apps over there...All I ever do on my laptop is head straight to the desktop to mostly "type some documents" or send emails, or occasionally watch movies, or surf the web in general!! 

I think desktop OS should be optimized with that in mind, rather than cram in a hybrid OS, which really does not work well on any device!
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