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News Windows Blue arriving in summer, to be called Windows 8.1

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Meanmotion, 2 Apr 2013.

  1. Meanmotion

    Meanmotion bleh Moderator

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  2. Noob?

    Noob? New Member

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    As long as it improves further on Windows 8 and is free, I'm all for it. :D
     
  3. Madness_3d

    Madness_3d Bit-Tech/Asus OC Winner

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    Last I heard they said it was going to be paid for, because they're moving to yearly releaaes like apple do. Big no from me, can't stand Win 8
     
  4. fdbh96

    fdbh96 New Member

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    The thing about apples is that its £20 for basically every pc in a family. If microsoft did it they would probably charge £20 but for each computer.
     
  5. Nexxo

    Nexxo Bargaining chip

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    It's expected to be a free upgrade for Windows 8 users.
     
  6. GoodBytes

    GoodBytes How many wifi's does it have?

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    People already paid full price of Windows 8, either themselves or via OEM made computer. So the update will be free.

    If Windows 8 was <100$ only, like normal price, than yes it would make sense to charge 20-30$ for early update.
     
  7. SexyHyde

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    Is it free to upgrade from Windows 7? or is it just a Windows 8 service pack ;)
     
  8. TheManicGibbon

    TheManicGibbon I have no idea what's going on

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    It will be a free upgrade for existing Windows 8 users - if you're on Windows 7 you'll still have to buy Windows 8...

    Windows Phone is also included in the faster updates Windows Blue programme.
     
  9. ZERO <ibis>

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    ReFS when?
     
  10. Guest-16

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    Service pack with Metro updates.

    Unless there's some core performance improvements, since I use Start8 to kill Metro entirely: Me = /care
     
  11. fluxtatic

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    Awesome! Wait... *does the exact same thing in Win 7 right this very second*

    Huh...whaddayaknow...
     
  12. flibblesan

    flibblesan Destroyer

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    Windows 8 allows you to run one full-screen Metro app and classic desktop side by side so 8.1 will build upon this by allowing you to run up to 4 full screen apps at the same time.. something Windows 7 cannot do.
     
  13. liratheal

    liratheal Sharing is Caring

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    So I guess they're committed to this metro thing then..

    Damn and blast!
     
  14. Blackshark

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    2-3 years, hopefully the former. Its working great for me with Server 12, however it is still missing a number of key features. MS are clear that it is being actively developed and it certainly seems to be the future core file system for MS products. Its a shame it isn't 2-3 years further on in development terms, it would have been a real selling point for both Server 12 and Windows 8.
     
  15. Corky42

    Corky42 What did walle eat for breakfast?

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    Maybe im missing something about ReFS, but why would you want to use a file system that doesn't support named streams, object IDs, short names, compression, file-level encryption via EFS, user data transactions, hard links, extended attributes and quotas.
    And to top it of you cant even boot from it so you would have to have a NTFS boot drive :confused:
    http://www.bit-tech.net/news/bits/2012/01/17/microsoft-refs-file-system/
     
  16. rollo

    rollo Well-Known Member

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    windows 8 only cost me like £25 so im not sure what the costs above are getting at.

    If MS wants to charge £20 for windows 8.1 that would be fine by me. Not sure what the big problem is with that.
     
  17. aramil

    aramil One does not simply upgrade Forums

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    Not supporting Hard Links is a key reason why you wouldn’t use ReFS for a system disk; files in the system32 folder are really hard linked back into the WinSxS folder structure.

    So unlikely to be included in none server versions atm.
     
  18. ModSquid

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    Four full-screen apps? So not full-screen then

    And unless I'm missing something here, you can do this all the way back to Windows 0.1, you just manually resize them.

    Assuming you need all four on-screen at once and have no use for your Alt-Tab fingers.
     
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    I think its referred to as full screen because its 'responsive' and automatically resizes them, and in some cases completely changes the functionality. For example, when the desktop is snapped to a 1/3 position is basically just shows previews of running applications in the desktop.
     
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    I gave Windows 8 another shot yesterday. Last time I tried it was the beta version, and I'd have to say I'm impressed with how much it improved over the beta. Honestly, I don't think the Metro/Modern interface is that bad. The problem is the execution of it - it just feels like a really fancy program launcher with limiting options. Add the few things that 8.1 will have and I personally think Modern could easily replace the classic desktop. Having the Modern interface along with the classic desktop is un-intuitive and pointless in a functionality standpoint, but obviously with the way Win8 was designed, you need both.
     
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