For those of you who are still complaining about Windows 8/(8.1 whatever), there may be something coming that should lower your blood pressure a little bit. It’s still mostly rumor and leaked images at this point (there are no shadows, so it’s hard to tell if it’s shopped or not), but with the rumored release date quickly approaching I guess we'll find out.
The rumors and leaked images suggest something called Windows 8.1 Update 2 is on the horizon. This update allegedly returns the start button to the glory of the Windows 7 days which seems to be the big sticking point for Windows 8/8… ya know what? Hang on, I need to get something off my chest here.
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I’m sick of making this distinction between Windows 8 and 8.1. It’s THE SAME THING! 8.1 added a pointless start button to appease the Windows 7 crowd, but all it did was launch the metro menu thing(same thing as the Windows key on the keyboard), changed the search results (which I liked the old way better) and a couple of back-end things that no one probably notices or cares about. 8 and 8.1 are the same thing. ok? OK? People who make a big deal about clarifying “Are you running 8 or 8.1?” aren’t running either, and are just trying to sound knowledgeable or they are trying to make it sound like there are all these crazy versions out there and they knew better than to get mixed up in the first Windows 8 release, and they are waiting to see if 8.1 finally meets their strict personal requirements (requirements: Has a start button). These are the same people who say, “If I had a touch screen I’d use Windows 8…” or “I don’t have a touch screen so Windows 8 is pointless for me.” AAKKKK!!!! I’ve been running Windows 8/8.1 on every machine I use for well over a year now. I use it on my work laptop, I use it on my personal laptop, I use it on my 3 desktops at home. I don’t have a touch screen, never had a touch screen and I have no intention of buying a touch screen. Windows 8/8.1 works JUST fine without a touch screen. Ok? Got it? Let’s recap. There is no REAL difference between Windows 8 and 8.1 and you don’t need a touch screen to run Windows 8/8.1.
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Anyway, as I was saying. This new update is supposed to add a start button that provides the same functionality as the Windows 7 start button. It looks a little different, but the program groups and whatnot are all there for the clicking. So, all better now? Ok.
Stay tuned. Sounds like a release date for Windows 9 Beta will be announced this week also, likely 2015 sometime. Let the hating begin!
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My Original Windows 8 Article(May 2013):http://www.dagobah-system.com/node/2