Windows 8.1 unlikely to solve the OS’ problems

August 24, 2013
Don’t like Windows 8? Well, you might not like Windows 8.1 — Microsoft’s effort to tweak the operating system — either. That’s because, as New York Times tech writer David Pogue writes, the new version of Windows 8 doesn’t resolve the biggest weaknesses in the operating system.


Start still missing

In his preview of Windows 8.1 — Microsoft’s effort to enhance its struggling Windows 8 operating system — Pogue says that Microsoft has failed to address the system’s biggest problems. First, Windows 8.1 will not restore the Start menu. This is certainly odd considering how many users have complained loudly about it.


Desktop, Tile issues

Secondly, Windows 8.1 doesn’t split the TileWorld and desktop environments that have so confounded users. As Pogue writes, the TileWorld works well for touch screens. The desktop is made for mouse and keyboard. In Windows 8, you do not have the choice to utilize one of these worlds and not the other.


Skip it?

Pogue’s advice? If you’re not a fan of Windows 8, the upgrade won’t do much to change your mind. Stay with the superior Windows 7.

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