Microsoft launches Windows 8.1 preview web page

For the past week, Microsoft has been getting the word out about its upcoming Windows 8 upgrade, Windows 8.1, starting with news about the features that will be of interest for consumers. Today, the company revealed a number of new business and enterprise features that will be included with Windows 8.1.

Alongside today's news, Microsoft has also launched a new webpage devoted to Windows 8.1 information. The page is located on Microsoft's enterprise section of the Windows website so, as you might expect, it concentrates on the features that businesses will be interested in.

While the preview page itself is heavy on the graphics and photos and sparse on the details, there's a link at the bottom that leads to a "What's New in Windows 8.1" page. It contains a lot more information on the free upgrade, most of which Microsoft revealed earlier today in two blog posts. 

Microsoft is planning to release the free preview version of Windows 8.1, along with a preview build of Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry and a new update to Windows RT, on June 26, ahead of a final release later in 2013.

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windows 8.1 in a nutshell:
boot to desktop, start screen for keyboard & mouse and the eternal promises about security and interconnection, plus some BYOD features that most people will never use.

So, in sum, it is not a game changer, if you love w8 the w8.1 is ok but, if you hate w8 (or love w7) then avoid it.
IMHO, windows 8 is ok but it is far from perfect.

Brony said,
windows 8.1 in a nutshell:
boot to desktop, start screen for keyboard & mouse and the eternal promises about security and interconnection, plus some BYOD features that most people will never use.

So, in sum, it is not a game changer, if you love w8 the w8.1 is ok but, if you hate w8 (or love w7) then avoid it.
IMHO, windows 8 is ok but it is far from perfect.

why avoid it? it's an update.

Brony said,
windows 8.1 in a nutshell:
boot to desktop, start screen for keyboard & mouse and the eternal promises about security and interconnection, plus some BYOD features that most people will never use.

So, in sum, it is not a game changer, if you love w8 the w8.1 is ok but, if you hate w8 (or love w7) then avoid it.
IMHO, windows 8 is ok but it is far from perfect.

Let me correct that for you
1) multiple split modes so I can have n number of apps open (restricted just by my monitor resolution) vs 2 I am restricted to now
2)full fledge file system for new UI with integrated skydrive
3) search charm updated to search everything (universal , device , apps and the web)
4)Settings panel is now full fledged ( no need to go to desktop to change advanced settings)
5)ability to open different instances of the same app (something I really miss when using the new UI)
6)native support for miracast and wifi direct
7)Dual screen support for the new UI
8) kiosk mode (boot to desktop or any other app) & geolocation based app launches
9)start screen for keyboard & mouse
10)all the BYOD features no one care.

And these are just a few of the changes I have noted . If you go into the details there are tons and tons of upgrades not even including app upgrades that will come in with the 8.1 release. I guess u already knew all of this haan ?

As u can see I am excited about the update !!

Seriously, it amazes me to still see people waste energy complaining about something that they have the power to change. I don't know if it's out of sheer laziness or what that you haven't installed an alternative already, but that wouldn't explain the constant stream of hot air coming from these posts.

Edited by Dot Matrix, Jun 3 2013, 11:01pm :

Dot Matrix said,
Seriously, it amazes me to still see people waste energy complaining about something that they have the power to change. I don't know if it's out of sheer laziness or what that you haven't installed an alternative already, but that wouldn't explain the constant stream of hot air coming from these posts.

Because a unfinished product should have never shipped. You should not have to install a 3rd party program to put missing pieces back into the OS. Only a very small percent of early adopters mostly on neowin like windows 8 . This late in the game most of the world still has not upgraded to windows 8 for a reason . The fact that millions of OEM keys have shipped does not count for anything sitting in dell / hp / acres warehouses . Windows 8 is great under the hood but it fails miserably as a desktop os and the GUI is a mess and unfinished. We know you feel different about it and that is fine but touch screens have a place and desktops / laptops are not that place so on these pc's the OS is a mess and not just a menu or button will fix that

CaptainBeno said,

Because a unfinished product should have never shipped. You should not have to install a 3rd party program to put missing pieces back into the OS.

By your logic, Windows 7 (the OS that gets too much credit) was unfinished, since there are several third-party programs available which "put missing pieces back into the OS". Classic Shell is one that comes to mind.

There probably won't be a section devoted to the desktop at all.

From what's been revealed of Windows 8.1, Microsoft didn't even bother to do a trivial update of the icons, let alone improve any of the functionality on the desktop side. Oh, except for a "start button" that shunts you back into the Metro UI.

What a completely tone deaf company Microsoft has degenerated into.

Windows Nashville said,

From what's been revealed of Windows 8.1, Microsoft didn't even bother to do a trivial update of the icons, let alone improve any of the functionality on the desktop side. Oh, except for a "start button" that shunts you back into the Metro UI.

There are far more important things to do than updating the icons.

Ian William said,

There are far more important things to do than updating the icons.

Microsoft obviously has a very limited budget with which to implement improvements in their flagship product.

Windows Nashville said,

Microsoft obviously has a very limited budget with which to implement improvements in their flagship product.

Improvements are already being made.

Or they din't want to hurt the feeling of whiners like you ? People were freaked out because they took away the start button and aero. Some people think the Desktop is perfect, why mess it for them ?

Ian William said,
There are far more important things to do than updating the icons.

So what you're saying is Microsoft doesn't have the money to hire a proper graphics team that can take care of the icons. Okay then...

.Neo said,

So what you're saying is Microsoft doesn't have the money to hire a proper graphics team that can take care of the icons. Okay then...

Please don't put words in my mouth; they taste bad.

All I meant is that there are things of a higher priority than a "trivial update of the icons".

They also have a deadline to meet, don't they? Would you rather it work well, or look nice?

Improvements have been made to better support users who prefer a mouse and keyboard experience to access applications.

Nothing summarizes Windows 8 better than the wording used in the sentence.

Bet Microsoft is trucking in plenty of non-alcoholic beer for 8.1's launch party. Might as well throw back a pint while they're hard at work ****ing off the majority of supporters in the PC and console realms.

I hope someone sends over some pot brownies in hopes it causes the uptight, d-bags in charge to lighten the f*** up!

Edited by AR556, Jun 3 2013, 10:46pm :

hi i no u from somewhere
AR556shooter from cryocraft?
and theres nothing wrong with windows 8 it is what it was meant to be an, upgrade
all of u saying theres something wrong with it need to say what changes they you would like instead of the metro screen
Yours Truly, GreatRam

amazingram said,
hi i no u from somewhere
AR556shooter from cryocraft?
and theres nothing wrong with windows 8 it is what it was meant to be an, upgrade
all of u saying theres something wrong with it need to say what changes they you would like instead of the metro screen
Yours Truly, GreatRam

Nope. Diff ar556.