Moving On: Microsoft Confirms No More Major Updates for Windows 8

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Blues22475

"'... customers can expect that we’ll use our already existing monthly update process to deliver more frequent improvements along with the security updates normally provided as part of 'Update Tuesday.' "

Which is what should have done in the first place? Instead of "8.1." it should have been just a service pack. If I also remember correctly, I read about a mass problem with upgrading 8 to 8.1. Most folks I spoke with still don't even know you have to go to the App Store to get 8.1 (unless they have changed that recently).

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Quenepas

WINDOWS 7 FOR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Really for life since Win7 will be the last MS OS I get. I switched to OSX and will install Steam OS on the PC. Maaaaybeee I could use Windoze if I get a free serial elsewhere but $80?!? NO WAY!)

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philipa25

I'm ok with that, 8.1 fixed all the issues I had with windows 8, I'm loving it now.

Oh, and no I am not a microsoft employee because I like it. Some people are actually able to use a product and come up with their own opinions.

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bitterangryslob

i think it's time microsoft do what coke did with new coke and realize and accept they have a failed product.
release windows 9 as Windows classic.
make it shiny and new. but revert back to windows 7 style menu's and functionality..you know..an OS that WORKED? yeah thats right.

and if they dont do that everyone go buy ice cream and throw it at microsoft until they're covered in sticky goo and no one can get out of the building..
i can already hear the screams

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Granite

That's all a nice dream about Win9...but that's all it is - a dream.

You probably should stock up on ice cream now.

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maxeeemum

I have to agree! Unless something changes real soon it looks like Windows 9 will just be Windows 8.2 with a bad start menu. Of course it will fool no one! Expect Windows 7 and XP to remain #1 & #2 used OS. And expect "Mobile First" to end up "Mobile Last".

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Scatter

So basically, Microsoft is telling its customers that yeah, we didn't deliver on the great new OS that we promised you but if you give us more money and buy our next OS we'll just try better at telling you how what you want is wrong and how what we want you to have is right.

Also, I'm starting the get the feeling that Microsoft doesn't want to build a great OS again. Why would they want another Windows XP or Windows 7 that basically runs great and people see no reason to upgrade from for a decade? That hinders their plan to sell us a new OS every few years.

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Ghost XFX

...But will Game Developers adopt it?

More than a few decline to adopt W8. I hope the same fate is not awaiting W9.

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BlazePC

Laughable !

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Granite

Hmmm...

I didn't know game developers were avoiding Win8. Heck, if games are developed for Win7, then I don't know of any reason they won't work on Win8.

Unless, of course, you are talking about those app games.

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maxeeemum

No "Update" or "Service Pack" can fix Windows 8.

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JosephColt

Start8 fixed the issue with Windows 8 for me.

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maxeeemum

Maybe a paid for patch can appease someone like you (???) but not me! It goes much much further than the Start Menu! Even XP is far far far superior to POS W8!

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JosephColt

I hope you are not serious, I really do.

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BlazePC

Laughable!

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maxeeemum

FlammerPC! What's happening? How's the butt-hurt going?

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

That is the long and short of it. No update could undo the damage done to the brand with this iteration. Things will go from bad to nightmarish if Windows 9 also alienates desktop and enterprise users.

"we're going to fuck up our bread-and-butter operating system to prove our commitment to mobile markets we can't penetrate" hasn't been such a great game plan.

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HKUSPC40

There is a trend here... Apparently I have to skip every other OS release from Microsoft...

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maxeeemum

So far! Windows 9 may break that trend!

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Mazerman

As a daily windows 8 user, I really hope that they change a few things. Obviously the start menu needs a proper return and the metro interface needs to be really tweaked, but that was not what causes all the headaches for me. In my case what really drives me up the wall is the fact that settings are all sprinkled between the modern ui and the old control panel and are in no way unified. It makes troubleshooting super annoying and hard. They need to make all settings accessible in both experiences. Also troubleshooting network problems is awful. As long as they stream line both experiences and unify the settings, I believe I will upgrade to windows 9 right away. I think its the right move for Microsoft windows 8s brand name is dead even if they fix it no person would switch over, its reputation is too bad. I hope they have a discount for windows 8 users, but thats pretty unlikely.

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BlazePC

Try creating a Godmode folder. It helps on both Win 7 and 8.
Once you've tried it you'll never go back ...

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Volleynova

Sounds good, Microsoft needs to focus on a sweet Windows 9 and one I can recommend to my business customers.

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Gezzer

Yeah, they pretty much abandoned their enterprise customers with Win8. Well that is unless management was willing to move everyone to tablets.

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firefox91

Indeed. I know my enterprise users very well. If we try to give them this mess they will completely revolt and make everyone in IT support which they chose a different career path.

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DeltaFIVEengineer

Absolutely. Our company switched over to all Macbooks and OSX because it was easier to support than trying to rely on MS to release a decent OS. We run Win 7 with Bootcamp for some of our legacy apps, but we're weaning ourselves off the Microsoft teet.

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Thursday

Whups...meant to reply to a different comment ;)

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Renegade Knight

If they aren't interested in working to make their OS useful. Other companies are. I don't have the dame dislike of 8 as a lot of folks. However I'm truly getting tired of the "Hey, our fix to the OS you don't like is to sell you a new OS!" Solution.

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Thursday

Did you not read the article? My understanding is that instead of making people wait months while they bundle a bunch of updates or improvements to the OS into one big, monolithic Update, they will just be releasing features and updates every patch Tuesday. This is what they did with XP after SP3, Vista after SP2 and 7 after SP 1.

I dunno, I'd rather get updates more frequently and not worry about whether it's called "Update 2".

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Gezzer

True, but MS does have a history of saving new additional features for "service packs", so this could go either way. Win8.1 is the last point release and everything else will be stability/security fixes. Or there's a few more minor goodies coming that don't require all that much in changes to the OS. Only time will tell, but I wouldn't hold my breath on those extra's if I was you, you might pass out.

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BlazePC

Amen.

What this also means is that Update 1 was a huge success and 8.1 is now stable.

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dedgar

Or it was so much of a "success" that MS decided to give up and concentrate on their next version.

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BlazePC

As with any software development, you have to 'block point' eventually
and call it done.

I'm on a fresh Z97 Devils Canyon build with Win 8.1 Pro and it smokes my previous Gulftown build that had Win 7 Ultimate, not only because the hardware is current but also because of this:

Storage Spaces and file history
UEFI integration
Blazing fast boot up with PCIe m.2 / Intel RST
Zero event error codes thrown as a general rule
Better memory management
Way better system resource management
Windows Defender + Malwarebytes is the sh!t

Win 8.1 Update 1 proved to me that Win 8 as a platform is head & shoulders better than Win 7 under the hood and better organized
throughout. Windows 8.1 is what Win 7 should have been after how poorly Vista rolled out ... but anyone can make a case like that, version to version, based on personal experience.

OSes evolve, get used to it because it's always been that way,
so embrace it and move on ...

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maxeeemum

Laughable!