Someone nearby asked me to help her print a file from her laptop with Windows 8.1. Before I gave up, I found these problems with 8.1:
The user interface is VERY different from all the previous Windows versions I've worked. The low level commands I looked for were either very well hidden or not there at all.
There was no Help icon for starting a program to show how to do things not found through the other icons.
I could not find any program to display the contents of directories.
I could not find any way to tell it to connect to the Internet through a nearby wireless router.
When I told it to add a printer, it said it couldn't find any, even though it was about two feet away from an HP printer using a wireless cv onnection.
I've been working with various computers and operating systems since the 1970s. If that is not enough background to make a new version of Windows work, I recommend that you avoid that version until Microsoft offers a better interface to make it work, and you actually find that interface working on someone else's computer you try.
Thanks for many discussion points. I don't know the reason(s) behind Microsoft but for many big organisations / organizations this would cost them millions, millions of dollars if they switched to Windows 8 . Personnaly I don't think they will do this. Same as when moving from Office 2003 to Office 2007, the re-training cost was very high and still counting. Windows 8.1 is much better than Windows 8 BUT upgrading a machine from Windows 8 (pre-installed) to Windows 8.1 is a big adventure. After few hours a machine can die or many in/out components won't work.
Not just Microsoft, Apple's done the same thing for its 10.9. Just talking about PRINTERs alone, how many people are screaming for new drivers !
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