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 solve the biggest weaknesses in the operating system.
No Start menu
First, Windows 8.1 doesn’t restore the Start menu. Users who desire it will still have to install a third-party app that restores it.
Desktop, Tile issues
Secondly, Windows 8.1 still doesn’t know if it’s a touch-screen or mouse-and-keyboard system. The system’s TileWorld section works the best for touchscreens. But its Desktop section is clearly designed to be navigated with a mouse and keyboard. By splitting itself in two like this, Windows 8.1 doesn’t make anyone happy.
This means, as outlined by Pogue, that Windows 8.1 will most likely not save the Windows 8 operating system. The system so far is a dismal failure, with low sales. The update, if Pogue’s column is believed, won’t change this.
Posted on: 08.28.13