More images and videos of the forthcoming Windows 8.1 reveal themselves
The Windows Store is now opened for leaked builds of Windows 8.1, and it has been completely redesigned, though the “your apps” page looks the same. There is new functionality in that apps will update automatically if you want.
Another application that has been completely redesigned is the weather app and frankly, it is simply impressive. The functionality is deep and interaction looks great. You can even access historical weather patterns and find content on weather dependent activities in an area (like to plan a skiing trip).
Xbox Music has had some significant updates to it as well, but the look is familiar. Alarms we have seen before, but it is still neat to look at. The Windows Store will also work well in portrait mode if you have a tablet. We have gathered the images and a few videos below.
Windows 8.1 will be available as a preview version beginning June 26th. Do you think Windows 8.1 is shaping up well?
sources: BAV0 games (Twitter) via The Verge
More of Windows 8.1
1. Built in - Modern Design Remains
2. Windows Store - Vertical
3. Xbox Music
7. The new Windows Store
8. Summary of updated apps
9. Updated Weather App
1. Hammerfest (Posts: 369; Member since: 12 May 2012)
Still no Start Menu... Good thing I got StartIsBack!
3. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1355; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
Notice they don't mention that, the single biggest gripe people have with the new layout. I went back to my Win8 laptop from my Vista machine for a bit last night. It was a PITA, no other way to say it. Everything seemed to take 2-3 times as long as on my older laptop. And for some reason my touchpad was constantly freezing. Whenever I'd press the left button, the trackpad would be non responsive for around 20 seconds. Doubt that's hardware. Why didn't I get a Windows7 machine when I had the chance?!
5. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4004; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I'm running Windows 8 on my desktop, it's always been fast and fluid for me. There was a little bit of a learning curve and it took me a while to do things at first, but after about a week I was just flying through it.
22. saiki4116 (Posts: 350; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)
On a desktop, it's definitely good, because there is performance improvement over win 7..The problem is using win 8 on laptops because of pathetic Touch pad's.
9. Maxwell.R (Posts: 169; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)
A start "button" will return to the desktop, but it is not looking like the "menu" will return, the "Start Screen" is the deal. Apparently Microsoft is set on that.
13. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
that has got to be the hardware as win 8 is extremely fluid.
14. haseebzahid (Posts: 1826; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
fact is people hate to learn new things they like to stick to old stuff little longer
18. daniel_bargs (Posts: 323; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)
So now it is Windows 8, would you keep on hating or just jump in because you dont have a choice? Windows 8 run on Celeron just fine!
20. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1355; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
Listen, to everyone saying it can't possibly be the software, how does hardware explain a 20 second freeze out on the trackpad? It may get better with updates but I should've stuck with my rule, never get a new OS for a few months after launch. I did the same with my Vista machine, and it's only in the last year & a half that it's running right. I'm glad everyone else is happy, but just because you like something & it works ok for you, it doesn't mean that'll be that way for everyone else. So no need to start telling me what I need to do to fix the issue. Some college friends who were computer majors are on it.
6. alterecho (Posts: 1080; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
Good thing I never put Windows 8 on my PC.
19. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)
lol, keep telling yourself that. you do realize that the the UI is not the only thing thats changed?
11. AnTuTu (limited) (Posts: 804; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)
An awesome OS is just getting better.
15. haseebzahid (Posts: 1826; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
linux is garbage although its free an free doesnot mean its awsom lack of everything and way to slow pease dont make me write the whole list of things that is crap about linux
21. Potato. (banned) (Posts: 607; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
Yeah.. and you know what? Even Mac OS beats Linux. So does Windows.
We all know you hate Nokia and Microsoft, so I prefer you to don't go full retard.
4. aco96 (Posts: 192; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)
I love Windows 8 Pro. My laptop is very fast and never bugs or hangs. Touch pad gestures are awesome, because they make using this os a pleasure.
8. weevil81 (Posts: 11; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)
Coming from Vista, I was pretty skeptical about Win8 and the lukewarm reviews heightened that! But I wanted something modern on modern hardware so I welcomed the challenge. Alas I went with Win8 and suffice to say I find it very easy to use, my productivity isn't affected and the experience has been very good! I have all the programs I need; I keep my start screen trimmed with all the shortcuts I need and routine ones on my taskbar. Within a day I was moving around very easily on the OS.
12. lorenzattractor (Posts: 64; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
There's a lot of talk about Windows 8.1, but what about Windows Phone 8.1???
16. haseebzahid (Posts: 1826; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
good point win8 is fine but wp8 needs atention
17. krimHD (Posts: 106; Member since: 23 May 2012)
was going to say that, what about windows phone 8.1? that is what we really need..windows pro will surely do well.its wp8 we're more concern about.
23. FerneyZan (Posts: 35; Member since: 21 Jul 2010)
No idea what everyone is fuzzing about.. I have 2 Win 7 PCs and two Win 8s as well, and they all work fine. The one thing I do like about Win8 is that is crazy fast.. So far,, I have not experience a single freeze or anything..
Now, if you tend to spend a lot of time on the internet where you shouldn't, they blame ur lack of performance on viruses.. No matter what anti-virus program you have installed, your PC will always suffer if you keep wondering around porn and game sites and other places.. Just Saying.. :P