re: Windows 8.1 Released To Manufacturers
Unfortunately for Microsoft, they are the victims of bad "word-of-mouth" advertising. Nearly everyone I talk about Windows 8 says one of the two same things - "It sucks." or "I heard it sucks.". I retort that it is just different and that it is best suited for touch enabled devices. This is where MS had gone wrong. There should have been a UI choice so that if you were running a desktop it would look like a desktop and if you were running it on a touch device it would use the Modern UI. This could have been automatic or user selected. In either case, MS is doing that now with 8.1 but the proverbial horse has already been let out of the barn. Personally, I don't mind the interface and I can navigate around it, but I also work in the tech field. However, when I order new equipment, I am still trying to get devices that come with Windows 7 - just so I don't have to deal with my end-users. "Too little, too late" seems to be Microsoft's swan song of late.