Re: Windows 7 rides again
Sort of-- but there's still no true Start menu in 8.1, just the list view you get by right clicking the Start button. Some Windows apps can add Start menu functionality, but the absense of a native version seems to be a sticking point with a light of people.
I agree, though, that once you've configured Windows 8.1 to your liking (boot-to-desktop, hot corners, etc), it can provide a better experience than Windows 7. But as I've written a few times lately, I think most of Windows 8.1's primary differentiators appeal mostly to niche groups. Those outside of these niches don't seem to find the increases in security and stability to be worth the customization and familiarization demands.