More images and videos of the forthcoming Windows 8.1 reveal themselves
posted by Maxwell R. / Jun 16, 2013, 4:43 PM
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
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Still no Start Menu... Good thing I got StartIsBack!
posted on Jun 16, 2013, 4:59 PM 0
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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?!
posted on Jun 16, 2013, 5:16 PM 0
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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.
posted on Jun 16, 2013, 5:59 PM 10
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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.
posted on Jun 17, 2013, 3:30 AM 0
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Good thing I never put Windows 8 on my PC.
posted on Jun 16, 2013, 6:03 PM 0
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posted on Jun 16, 2013, 5:12 PM 1
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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.
posted on Jun 16, 2013, 7:48 PM 4
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There's a lot of talk about Windows 8.1, but what about Windows Phone 8.1???
posted on Jun 16, 2013, 8:57 PM 3
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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
posted on Jun 17, 2013, 5:12 PM 0
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