Thursday, August 15, 2013
Don't Rush To Install Windows 8.1
Microsoft is the master of selling premature software. Remember Vista? Still regretting installing ME? When Microsoft's revenues go soft, they release a new version of Windows. Usually the first release is buggier than an ant larvae sandwich, and has more holes than a sponge.
Microsoft marketed 8.0 as revolutionary. Just as it had marketed every preceding generation of Windows product. Most of us bought into the hype -- as we always do -- because we are ever optimistic that dreams will come true. . . When people actually started using 8.0, it proved be to be no big deal. It did prove to be buggy and unstable. Windows 8.1 is simply the patch for all of the problems that have so far been identified in 8.0. 8.1 is the version that should have been released first. Instead, as is Microsoft practice, 8.0 hit the street and Microsoft then let the paying customer do the beta testing. Enough problems have been identified to release 8.1, but it too will be buggy, and crashy. It will be better than 8.0, but far from perfect. Let the person to your left and the person to your right do the beta testing of 8.1 for a few months. The service pack for 8.1 will then be released, and at that point you should be able to install a relatively stable product.
The only thing you have to watch out for is the possibility of Microsoft puling a switch-a-roo, and starting to charge for the 8.1x upgrade. That I cannot help you with.
If you are running Windows 7, stay with it. Let at least a couple of month pass so that Microsoft can de-bug 8.1 before you consider paying for the upgrade. Better yet, wait for the next generation Windows product. Again, in my opinion, Microsoft has an alternating momentum pattern. Think back: Windows 95, not so good. Windows 98, a big improvement. Windows ME, garbage. Windows XP, good stuff. Vista, garbage. Windows 7, not bad. Windows 8, let's wait for the next big release. See the alternating pattern?
Windows is going to force 7.0 users to upgrade when it eventually stops supporting 7.0. That is when I will upgrade. I see nothing in 8.0, or 8.1 that I really need.
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