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First major update to Microsoft's latest operating system will be released worldwide beginning October 18.

Windows 8.1, the first major update to Microsoft's latest operating system, will be released in October, Microsoft has announced.

The rollout will begin at 12:00 a.m. on October 18 in New Zealand, spreading to other markets as a free download thereafter.

Windows 8.1 "continues the vision" of Windows 8 and includes updates in areas like personalization, Internet Explorer 11, Bing-powered search, built-in apps, and cloud connectivity through Skydrive.

In addition, Microsoft's video calling service Skype will be included with Windows 8.1, replacing the Windows 8 Messaging application. Windows 8.1 will also feature a Start button, but not a Start menu. A Boot to Desktop option is also included, for those who wish to skip the Start screen altogether.

Windows 8 launched in October 2012 and has sold more than 100 million licenses to date. CNET found that the operating system "embraces the future wholeheartedly," but said the learning curve was "steep" and in-app navigation can be difficult.

Source: http://www.gamespot.com/news/windows-81-rolling-out-in-october-6413101



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Bout damn time.

What exactly does the start button do if there is no start menu?

HigHurtenflurst said:
What exactly does the start button do if there is no start menu?



Takes you to the list of apps(programs) on the tile screen (whatever they call that).

There's good 3rd party programs you can download to bring back a proper start button/menu though.  Most people will continue to use that instead of this half-ass return of a Start button.



 

Gamerace said:
HigHurtenflurst said:
What exactly does the start button do if there is no start menu?

Takes you to the list of apps(programs) on the tile screen (whatever they call that).

There's good 3rd party programs you can download to bring back a proper start button/menu though.  Most people will continue to use that instead of this half-ass return of a Start button.

My Windows 8 experience is limited to a few minutes in PC World, but doesn't moving the mouse down to the bottom left of the screen do that anyway?



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At this point I'm sticking with win7 and rolling into Chromebooks. Will buy my first one this weekend actually.

It will be primarily my 10yr olds for school and I will share with him as needed. Depending how that goes a I continue to build my own business, I may never buy another windows product.

However, at least they are fixing the biggest UI grip anyone had with win8 and making it a lot more friendly to people "upgrading" from win7.

Yeah, so I bought windows 8's upgrade from Windows 7 and got the key for it, and then a couple of weeks ago I switched my Motherboard and now I can't activate my Windows 8 because "this key doesn't work please check the spelling and try again" ,but my Windows 8 is installed on this hard drive, the solution is to call Microsoft support, seriously? I have to call them every time I install a new computer hard drive?

PullusPardus said:
Yeah, so I bought windows 8's upgrade from Windows 7 and got the key for it, and then a couple of weeks ago I switched my Motherboard and now I can't activate my Windows 8 because "this key doesn't work please check the spelling and try again" ,but my Windows 8 is installed on this hard drive, the solution is to call Microsoft support, seriously? I have to call them every time I install a new computer hard drive?


That's based on timing. If your reinstall is too soon, you have to call.

Its not an issue tho. When you call MS they know nothing of your actual system or ownership of the MS key. All they know is how often that key has been registered. As long as its not some obscene amount in the 10's of thousands or more, it won't matter.

Just say (in your case the truth) that its on the same machine, just reinstall/refresh. In fact sometimes when you call and select that option, the auto phone system just gives you the key to continue registration.



Glad it's a free download.

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HigHurtenflurst said:
Gamerace said:
HigHurtenflurst said:
What exactly does the start button do if there is no start menu?

Takes you to the list of apps(programs) on the tile screen (whatever they call that).

There's good 3rd party programs you can download to bring back a proper start button/menu though.  Most people will continue to use that instead of this half-ass return of a Start button.

My Windows 8 experience is limited to a few minutes in PC World, but doesn't moving the mouse down to the bottom left of the screen do that anyway?

Not quite.  That's the home screen.  This would be the search screen (activated by swiping in from the right side and selecting Search) which lists all 'apps' or programs on the PC instead of the live tablet things on the home screen.