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9.1
7 reviews
7.0
Computerworld Apr 10, 2014

While the update does well in bringing those two interfaces closer together, I found that it doesn't go quite all the way in making the operating system feel like a unified whole.

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Engadget Jun 26, 2013

The Start button is back in Windows 8.1, insofar as there's now a Start icon fixed to the lower-left corner of the screen. (You can't disable it.) Click on it, though, and you'll still get the modern Start Screen, not the old-school fly-out menus.

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PC World Apr 2, 2014

What’s new? For starters, the Update can sense when no touchscreen is present and boot to the desktop by default. You’ll also find Windows 8 Metro apps that can be pinned to the desktop, as well as little touches, such as title bars that surround Metro apps, making the apps easily dismissable.

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Gizmodo Apr 2, 2014

When you boot up an updated Windows 8.1 machine, you're not going to be assaulted by the new changes. In fact, depending on what kind of device you're using you might not see any changes by default.

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Mashable Apr 2, 2014

Windows 8.1 introduced the option to boot to desktop, but you had to hunt it down in a settings menu to engage it. Now your PC will boot to the desktop automatically. You can always change it back, of course.

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SlashGear Jun 27, 2013

The new start screen had been one of the most contentious parts of Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 brings various tweaks to how it can be organized and managed. Most useful is the fettled way of managing tiles, either singly or in groups; rather than simply dragging around.

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Pocket-Lint Apr 8, 2014

This, our initial impressions tell us, marks a significant step by Microsoft to re-establish boundaries between devices. Perhaps it was so keen to make a unified experience it forgot that different machines require different methods and functions.

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Digital Trends Apr 8, 2014

The changes made by Windows 8.1 Update 1 are mostly positive. The only potential issue we can see stems from Store apps appearing in Search, which may annoy some.

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9.0
lotsofcode lotsofcode

Windows 8/8.1 Is the most misunderstood operating system of all time. On my Dell Venue 8 Pro, Windows 8.1 is a joy! Windows 7 on that would be a dog, and it would be like trying to play operation to get the right button. On a desktop, it's hard, but if mastered can be adequate until you can get...

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9.0
rade363 rade363

The system appears to be not so stable as Windows 8 was, however I hardly faced any irritating moments in my experience. Love the design, can't look at Windows 7 any more.

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9.0
jrobertomar jrobertomar

I know that it may seem like a unpopular opinion, but I've had an Android phone, also i have an iPad and I can say tha Windows Phone 8.1 is a really good os for a device, it is cleaner and neat the way you can access and configure your icons (tiles)

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