Last week we wondered if you’ve already upgraded your system to Windows 8.1. While the poll itself had a winning answer with an overwhelming result, I recommend reading last week’s comments for some useful and entertaining advice.
1,008 people voted in this poll, out of which 4% don’t use Windows at all; 35% have not yet upgraded to Windows 8.1; and 61% have upgraded to the (shall I say hated?) Windows 8.1. Perhaps 8.1 is not that hated and horrible after all?
Comment Of The Week
As I’ve mentioned above, last week’s comment are a goldmine, and if you’re debating whether to upgrade or not, take the time to read them. It was a hard choice, but the winner of last week’s best comment is M. Scott Adams, who took the time to tell us his thoughts about Windows 8.1 and the Modern interface in general, and also mentioned where this interface actually shines. For this comment, M Scott Adams wins a free MakeUseOf t-shirt:
I first made the upgrade when 8.1 was still in beta, and then immediately after its stable release.
First, a note for anyone thinking about making the switch: I received a notice before upgrading that doing so would delete all of my ‘apps,’ which I took to mean ‘Windows 8 apps.’ No. It meant ‘all of my previously installed software,’ which- as an incredibly customized user with everything just so- represented a humongous time investment of meticulously set software. Beware.
Back when Windows 8 was first introduced, I was hesitant to jump on the bandwagon of detractors, because people tend to complain about all changes in technology (and most advances). As such, I’ve given the OS a good, solid chance. While 8.1 makes a number of minor improvements (greater customization of the Start Screen, for instance), it still feels like an lanky, awkward teenager: not quite a child, and not quite grown up. The discontinuity in its personalities (desktop vs. “Modern”) is jarring, and not especially pleasant. Like many users, I’ve dispensed with most of the “Modern” functionality altogether; I even designed a Start Menu replacement- Iridium for Rainmeter & AutoHotkey- which you should Google and then download and then create skins for.
I have to admit, though, that I haven’t really used Windows 8 in its natural milieu: the tablet. I own a Lenovo X230 convertible tablet, but I use it almost exclusively as a laptop. I’ve seen Windows 8 running on Surfaces at shopping malls, and I have to admit that it looks pretty swell. I can only imagine that the improvements ushered in by 8.1 are even better in their intended settings.
Will You One Day Buy A Google Glass?
We recently had the chance to review the Google Glass, and while one of you lucky chums won it for free, the rest of us remain Google Glass-less. Is that the way you want it to be, or are you planning on getting yourself these futuristic glasses at some point? Does it depend on the price? Or do you hate the concept so much you’ll never even consider it?
Share your pros and cons for buying Google Glass. What are your thoughts about the concept? What would you do with it if you had it?