Summary: I've had mixed feelings about Windows 8, and then Windows 8.1, since acquiring my current laptop. My experience with it has not been as terrible as it has been for many other users, a fact which I attribute entirely to the fact that my computer happens to have a nicely responsive touchscreen and tablet configuration.
Pros: Greater customization of tile screen, Nice-looking, Has start button
Cons: Start button doesn't actually yield start menu, Occasional bugs when downloading stuff from app store, Hybrid OS isn't very elegant, If I didn't have a touch screen I'd hate this
Summary: Not as great as advertised. Designed for touch screens. My biggest complaint is that there is no thumbnail feature for your pictures, WHAT A PAIN. If you don name all of your pictures you will spend alot of time looking for the one you want. BRING BACK THUMBNAILS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Summary: Worthless web page. What does this software do? Why would I want it? You want me to give you $100 for this. Even the links provided to Microsoft don't give any information. You probably don't sell many of these do you. Wonder why?
Summary: The pattern that I've noticed dates back to Windows 3.1. The first version was good for the first 3 years then came Windows 95 (bad, very buggy), then Windows 98 (good), then Windows ME (horrible), then Windows XP (good was around for a long time). Then came Windows Vista (nightmare and memory hog) and I immediately upgraded my laptop to Windows 7 (so far so good).
Pros: The new look and the tiles. The start menu's return which is similar to all other previous versions of Windows.
Cons: The noticable pattern of Windows that is each and every other operating system is good until a new one is released. See example in the summary.
Summary: Overall, somewhat of an improvement, but it needs a lot of work. I can't wait until the real thing comes out in October. So done with 8.1 Preview!
Pros: Start menu was partially back, Several great customization features
Cons: When it came to downloading software from the internet, it had a lot of glitches (download would finish, but installation would never start), Difficult to navigate at times, Ended up having reboot my computer to Factory settings for the downloads
Better than Windows 8, but it failed to win me over
11 July 2013
Summary: -Apps that haven't been made optimized for 8.1 won't look right in the split view
Pros: -Boot to desktop is finally possible, -Better multitasking of Metro apps, -Better start screen customization, -Use wallpaper on start screen without any extra programs, -Start button is back?
Cons: -Microsoft is still too focused on the Metro interface. Desktop is relitively unchanged, -Still no start menu like in previous versions, -Still don't like start screen and live tiles, -Search seems slower than it is in Windows 8, -See below for more...
Windows 8.1 is still a cumbersome version Windows 7
26 June 2013
Summary: Windows 8.1 is still a cumbersome (and diluted) version of Windows 7 for serious computer users. Serious computer users are the reason why the PC was invented in the first place. Windows 8 fed to the kiddish users created by Apple's cornucopia of stupidity: iPod, iPhone, iPad. Microsoft wanted a share of the pie and that was the reason Windows 8 was released.
Pros: I see NO pros in Windows 8.1. In fact, it worsens the situation since many serious PC users have already installed utilities like Start Menu 8. Start Menu 8, Start8, and other utilities, bring back Windows 7 virtually in totality!
Cons: Windows 8.1 is still a cumbersome version of Windows 7 for serious computer users. Serious computer users are the reason why the PC was invented in the first place. Windows 8 fed to the kiddish users created by Apple stupidity: iPod, iPhone, iPad.
Excerpt: It takes some getting use to. I don't like the fact that you are forced to set up login passwords and password entry upon wake up. However, you can get around this realtively easily. I was very irratated that I had to pay extra for media center, which comes free in windows 7. The good news it does load faster. However, how much is due to Windows 8 and how much is due to using my Samsung SDD card on the SATA 3 bus, I'm not sure.