Windows 8.1 build 9477 reportedly in the hand of OEMs ahead of RTM

The Chinese are good for quite a few things, such as cheap durable goods and having no qualms about ripping off brand names of popular US brands. Additionally, they are also quite good about leaking upcoming gadgets and letting us know when Microsoft releases updated builds of Windows to its OEM partners.

Win8China is reporting that build 9477 has been sent off to the OEMs for testing and that the platform has reportedly entered the escrow stage, which means that features are now locked down. Provided the above is true, Microsoft is in full-swing to hit its deadline of reaching RTM in August.

As we have already seen, Windows 8.1 will bring a boatload of new features to the Windows 8 platform and has been referred to by Steve Ballmer as a ‘refined blend’ of the Windows 8 formula. One of the biggest changes the update will bring is the return of the famous Start button; in addition, there are many improvements to the new Modern UI as well.

Microsoft is hoping that Windows 8.1 will help to improve the consumer perception of Windows 8 as it has often been reported that the lack of a Start button and the new Modern UI have been jarring to new users.

It’s clear that Windows 8.1 is the result of Microsoft listening to consumer feedback and - seeing the significant changes that the update brings to the platform - if you don’t like something about the update, it’s best that you let Microsoft know.

Source: Win8China

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It'll take at least two more revisions to Windows 8 to change the publics view on it. I work in a very young technical city. When you can hear people trashing Windows 8 on your lunch break at a sandwich deli, that ain't good.

JHBrown said,
It'll take at least two more revisions to Windows 8 to change the publics view on it. I work in a very young technical city. When you can hear people trashing Windows 8 on your lunch break at a sandwich deli, that ain't good.

I think the main issue is that most people are running Windows 8 on non-touch devices. Microsoft made the mistake to push Windows 8 on products that it wasnt ready for yet. They either should have from the start:

A. have a UI-mode for non-touch devices that puts the hidden UI elements onscreen. In other words make the new interface easy to use for those with mouse+keyboard.

B. Better integrate the desktop in the new experience. It remains an isolated part that even has some aero effects on it. They should have redone the desktop with a more modern look. As well as from the start make it an option to launch to desktop, Allowing users to keep the core experience they are used to while adopting the new bits.

Better would be if Microsoft had done these things at the same time. Instead they did neither.. Forcing a new UI on users without giving them time to get used to it. Even worse that new UI is a step back for non-touch users. So users have no desire to adapt to it. And no option to start in the familiar environment until they have done so. Windows 8.1 pnly partly fixes the issues so I think many people will continue to have problems with it.

I haven't really seen that requested all that much to be honest. Maybe I'm not paying attention or maybe it isn't as requested as you think it is.

Do... do you have access to Microsoft's emails? Or their market research data? .... I'd like to have that information, I think it'd be interesting and more or less required before you start talking about "most requested" As for where the notification center is, you're looking at it in the start screen, or where it should be. That's the POINT of live tiles, to give you the information you need at a glance. And for the most part, it works wonderfully.

Grinch said,
I haven't really seen that requested all that much to be honest. Maybe I'm not paying attention or maybe it isn't as requested as you think it is.
Me neither, I haven't seen this request.

Spencer R said,
Do... do you have access to Microsoft's emails? Or their market research data? .... I'd like to have that information, I think it'd be interesting and more or less required before you start talking about "most requested" As for where the notification center is, you're looking at it in the start screen, or where it should be. That's the POINT of live tiles, to give you the information you need at a glance. And for the most part, it works wonderfully.

So if i'll have 500 apps on my start screen i 'll need to have a glance on 500 tiles????
I don't think so, thats what a notification center id for , to display it in one convinient menu.

Besides it i like windows 8.1

Grinch said,
So because you want it, it's automatically the most requested feature for 8.1?

Whatever, i think that this feature is basic and greatly needed.

Well, the vast majority of people don't have 500 apps, and those that do arent going to like the state of their notification center even if it existed. For the 5-40 apps i use on a day to day basis the start screen is all i need.

I don't disagree it wouldn't be nice to save toast history, or view new live tile info somewhere, but I really do think Microsoft is trying to avoid a situation similar to classic desktop, where there was 9 different locations to launch a application from.
You are provided updates on the app in the live tile.
Notices are provided as Toasts, which can be set to show indefinitely until you notice.
If applications relied on toasts and some way to view their history, they would be less compelled to present useful and dynamic info on live tiles, especially because it requires effort most other platforms don't to do.

This isn't Windows Phone, and Windows has never had anything close to this. How did you cope when balloons appeared and disappeared with the notification area on the desktop?

The Start Screen works very similarly to how the notification area works on the desktop, though I'd argue it's somewhat better. At least the app tiles now serve a useful purpose other than simply launching your app; on the desktop, you need to have heaps of notification area icons, that are typically hidden and ignored anyway.

I can't wait for this update to come out. Can't wait to see the new features, as well as get the added benefit of more optimized changes under the hood.

That being said, I think it's ludicrous that when it hits RTM, it still may take months to be released to the public. RTM means its production ready, which should mean MS should make it available to download. Now, I understand they want to prioritize the RTM release to OEMs. Fine, don't push it through Windows Update right away then. But at least make it downloadable on some obscure Windows page (lol) that us enthusiasts can grab!

Actually you can do that thru group edit, the catch is you need to enter the AppID before install, and that makes it more trouble than just pinning the apps from all-apps.

FaiKee said,
Actually you can do that thru group edit, the catch is you need to enter the AppID before install, and that makes it more trouble than just pinning the apps from all-apps.

So it doesn't really count.

That screenshot shows how sucky is the Email App, it should at least say "No new emails" or "Checking emails" when its busy, connecting to email server etc., but for christ sake I hate when I just look at my start screen and I have no idea if there are either no new emails or the app is just stucked again and I need to open it and click "sync".

lmaobox said,
That screenshot shows how sucky is the Email App, it should at least say "No new emails" or "Checking emails" when its busy, connecting to email server etc., but for christ sake I hate when I just look at my start screen and I have no idea if there are either no new emails or the app is just stucked again and I need to open it and click "sync".

Something's messed up on your setup (do you have it set to sync every 15 minutes?)
When my mail tile looks like that, it means I have no new messages. Period.

As siah1214 said, if your Communications Service is hanging there's something wrong on your end. Mine hasn't done that since the pre-RTM 8.0 previews. No badge = no emails.

lmaobox said,
That screenshot shows how sucky is the Email App, it should at least say "No new emails" or "Checking emails" when its busy, connecting to email server etc., but for christ sake I hate when I just look at my start screen and I have no idea if there are either no new emails or the app is just stucked again and I need to open it and click "sync".

Yep same again here. If it doesn't say you have an email, then you have no emails! Easy

Something's really wrong on your end. I've never missed an email and I receive them instantly as they're sent. A blank tile means no new email and I've read all my mails.

C#Rocks said,
Does your real life letter box scream "no mail" when it is empty ?

Does your real life letter box looks empty when there are actually plenty of mails, you just forgot to click "sync" ?

kayzee said,

Yep same again here. If it doesn't say you have an email, then you have no emails! Easy

Actually no, sometimes I just open my gmail.com to find out I have new emails while Mail apps reports nothing.

lmaobox said,

Actually no, sometimes I just open my gmail.com to find out I have new emails while Mail apps reports nothing.


Gmail doesn't update instantly, it syncs every 15 minutes.

It will probably be a few weeks until stable gpu drivers and a stable start menu replacement are fully ready once it has gone rtm.

Studio384 said,
For the fist one: most of the gpu drivers work just fine in Windows 8.1. For the second: why ould you need that?

I'm running Windows 8.1, and can say with certaintly that the beta is not production ready. I've had text on websites overlap on multiple occasions. The RTM may be, however I haven't tried that yet, as it's not released.

Second one. Correct, the start menu is hardly any concern. It is stable.

torrentthief said,
It will probably be a few weeks until stable gpu drivers and a stable start menu replacement are fully ready once it has gone rtm.

The Start menu HAS been replaced, by the Start screen.

When I click a link that says "Windows 8.1 will bring a boatload of new features", I normally expect to see what those features are...

DarkerSeb said,
When I click a link that says "Windows 8.1 will bring a boatload of new features", I normally expect to see what those features are...

Then click the link.

DarkerSeb said,
When I click a link that says "Windows 8.1 will bring a boatload of new features", I normally expect to see what those features are...

Just propaganda

WinMunkee said,

Then click the link.

I did, did you?

It goes to a previous Neowin post about download links, not on boatload of new features like the anchor text implies.

DarkerSeb said,

I did, did you?

It goes to a previous Neowin post about download links, not on boatload of new features like the anchor text implies.

Google it.