#1 By: howtogeek, June 5th, 2013 13:21
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/165042/official-first-look-at-the-new-features-in-the-windows-8.1-preview/
Screenshots of the Windows 8.1 Preview have been circulating on the internet for a bit now, but we have had to wait until this week to see any official video footage of the new system in action. Watch as Jensen Harris from the Windows Team shows some highlights of what we can expect in the Windows 8.1 Preview due to be released on June 26th.
#2 By: Xhi, June 5th, 2013 16:03
Hmmm, No mention of everybody's bug-a-boo the Start button.
#3 By: ?, June 5th, 2013 19:55
is that all? just some mediocre visual effects?
#4 By: Akemi Iwaya, June 6th, 2013 07:56
There is going to be a good bit more to the update than shown in the video... ^_^
#5 By: Gary Wahl, June 6th, 2013 10:24
Just watched the Windows 8.1 preview. I guess it's OK if you have a touchscreen. I bought Windows 8 for a Media PC I have attached to my 61" TV. What a waste. I would really like to go back to Windows 7. Without a touchscreen Windows 8 is a huge waste
#6 By: Richard Slipper, June 6th, 2013 12:14
This is all about change. The way data and information are going to be handled in the future is going to be different.
The start button in old windows simply provides a list of apps or programs some of which are fixed and others which can be added or deleted. Most people probably don't do the latter. The 'start' screen in 8.1 appears to me to be just a graphical version of that - and yes it is designed for touch but that is where the next change is coming. In fact the start screen in Win8 is the same it just doesn't have the word 'start' on it.
If data is being stored 'in the cloud' we don't need big PC's with hard drives and so forth. We shall have smaller user interfaces on which our data is displayed. The Surface is a forerunner of these. The Lenovo Yoga things are similar just going at it in a different way. when you need touch you use it as a tablet, when you need a keyboard there it is.
If I need a bigger screen then I will mirror things on/or use the TV.
I use computer devices for a number of things - music, images, work and social. I don't play games - they're not my thing.
I can really see me ending up with a surface or some other convertible tablet - screen about A4 size - and a windows phone. If I am a typical user then I think MS have it right. (No connection)
Change is often hard to take - but it inevitably happens.
#7 By: John Geldreich, June 6th, 2013 12:44
That's true, but the change I've made is to Linux. If we're going to embrace change, let's get serious!
#8 By: Marlena_Petrov, June 6th, 2013 12:51
It's still UGLY!! Interface designed by 5 year olds? Come on MS, get real. And yes, I used the pre release version for a good while...clunky, unwieldy, and too many clicks to do the simplest tasks. Its a tablet/phone OS...I have a tablet, with Android OS. I have no reason to use Win8, and it seems neither do a lot of people, businesses and institutions. The main problem with the clouds is,besides being slower than molasses in Siberia in the winter,.if you have no net connection, you have no data.
#9 By: Richard Slipper, June 6th, 2013 13:31
@MdKnightR I also run Linux, in fact I'm sending this from a Dell l/t (which had Vista on) using Linux Mint 11. Trouble with Linux is it's not really suitable for most users - at the moment.
The real problem as I see it is that many hours are spent discussing operating systems. What a waste of time. If we discuss anything it should be apps. The OS should be invisible. I really don't want to fiddle around with all those settings and what not. I just want to turn on my device and get immediate access to my data and then to use it. I don't care how it is stored etc etc.
But we are trapped by the big co's who want to own us and imprison us and our property in their corporate web. There should be legislation to enforce compatibility between systems.
#10 By: roystreet, June 6th, 2013 13:38
Did anyone happen to notice around a 2:12 min or so into the video, he goes to the desktop for a quick second...Then on the lower left side, there is a start button?
It's when he's talking about having the same background image on the desktop as well as the start menu.
#11 By: W. Schroeder, June 6th, 2013 13:40
This is what M$ wants you to believe. But that's a lot of smoke. Most people will not deal with the cloud on a regular basis. Already the speed of the Internet connections is prohibitive if you have any amount of data - e.g. a daily OS image of 30GBs or even a video of 500MBs.
They always show the examples with a few cute .jpg pictures which are very small and not typical for real world data processing.
#12 By: W. Schroeder, June 6th, 2013 13:44
This is a fake start buttun. All it does is to get you to the same messy tile disaster as your start button on your keyboard.
#13 By: Robert Hobbs, June 6th, 2013 13:52
Looks like a great OS for laptops and perhaps home users but less that worthless for business. I use three monitors in a tax and accounting office. I have in excess of 50 unique tax and accounting programs installed on my system and I use all three monitors. I have a large number of shortcuts installed on the desktop and I use the task bar extensively. I can not see how Windows 8 is going to do anything "good" for me. It looks to me that it is just plain bad news all over when it comes to business use. and 8.1 isn't going to help much.
#14 By: Naman Sood, June 6th, 2013 14:32
Eh, I was just planning to pin all my apps as the tiny little tile, and since the search is now unified, bye-bye StartIsBack!
PS: 2:12 shows the start button!
#15 By: roystreet, June 6th, 2013 14:33
@whs, Have you already tried out 8.1? I use Start8, do you know if the new start button they show there will conflict with Start8? Have you tried using a 3rd party product with 8.1 or whatever newer build you are using? I was guessing that it would be like the keyboard start button too, but now you've confirmed it! I don't mind though, because I like using the new start menu (screen) better myself
I know, I know...There are people who don't like it, but you don't have to use it --- There are plenty of free or low cost alternatives to the old start menu. I don't know about you, but I've used or bought 3rd party software to modify previous versions of Windows...Whether it's for other themes or docks, etc. This concept is nothing new, you aren't forced to use their new methodology. There is software that will almost completely 'disable' the modern UI to the point you never see it. I like taking advantage of both worlds you could say. I wouldn't personally get the RT build because I want to be able to use all the software available, even Modern apps
PS: Even though I have Start8 installed, but use it very little.
#16 By: W. Schroeder, June 6th, 2013 17:20
I have Windows 8 Pro installed but use it maybe once per month. There is nothing compelling in Windows 8 that gives me an incentive to use it. And as it looks, 8.1 is not going to change that.
#17 By: Xhi, June 6th, 2013 18:31
Yes, but it is the same as you now get by moving the mouse to the lower left corner of the screen. It simply takes you to the Metro Start screen. BFD!!! I don't think that is what most folks meant when they said they wanted a start button.
#18 By: Vonnie Hudson, June 14th, 2013 10:43
Hi Rob, I appreciate your opinion but I'm going to have to disagree when you say Windows 8.1 is ready for business. On the contrary, there's a wealth of evidence that shows Windows 8.1 is very ready for business use. And as much as I hate Microsoft, I have to admit it has made huge strides in the area of business usability.
#19 By: Naman Sood, June 15th, 2013 14:18
You really think MS will put something in a major release, and then remove it completely in the next minor one?
#20 By: W. Schroeder, June 15th, 2013 16:02
If they want my business (and the business of a lot of other people), that's what they have to do. We'll not live with a tablet OS on a desktop with no touch facility.
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