Microsoft has released announced the upcoming release of Windows 8.1. In previous versions of Windows, we might have called this a service pack. Not only does it include fixes, there are new features and Microsoft claims the return of an old much-requested feature (the Start button). I’ll let you watch the video below to see the official video from Microsoft. For those reading via e-mail, you can click here to watch the video on YouTube. This update will be made available free of charge to owners of Windows 8 on June 26, 2013.
While Microsoft claims the Start button is returning, it is really more of a symbolic return and you’ll notice it was glossed over in the video. I keep hearing that the new interface will grow on you and I find just the opposite. It gets more annoying the more I see it. I don’t want all that “noise” on the main screen. For those of us that have installed a lot of software, the “All App” screen is horrible inadequate.
I hear from Microsoft and from users about all the features included to “help” me get things done. I also heard about helpful features in Windows 7. I gave them a chance and found them to be the exact opposite of helpful. Thankfully I had the option of turning them off. It is really disappointing that Microsoft is not truly listening to their business customers who simply want the option of booting to a desktop similar to previous versions of Windows.
Some readers have suggested I need to give it a chance. When I do put a new computer into service, I will install Windows 8. I do own a copy. Immediately after installing it on that new computer, I’ll install a utility like Start8 to give me what Microsoft refuses to do.