If you hated Windows 8, as I did — it shut down two new Asus computers I bought — you will hate Windows 8.1. That’s the opinion of more than one unimpressed reviewer. As one reviewer wrote: “The user interface is not intuitive. It’s almost secretive.”
It’s lipstick on a pig.
Steve Ballmer, the head of Microsoft, says it’s a “refined blend” of old and new. But he also said Vista was great. I once saw Ballmer on the Today Show. He was introducing Windows 7. Matt Lauer made an offhand and quite conventional comment on how many people disliked Vista. Ballmer shot back with a statement about the millions of satisfied users of Vista. He did not mention that these users had gotten Vista by decree when they bought their computers. They had no choice in the matter. Buyers of a new PC don’t, either. They have to use Windows 8 unless they go online and buy Windows 7 for $170.
Microsoft is in a bind. It wants to move to touch-screen technology, and its existing clients don’t. A business workstation is not a Smart Phone.
Vista was a disaster. Microsoft saved itself by giving the world Windows 7. Think of Vista as New Coke, and think of Windows 7 as Original Coke. Original Coke saved Coca-Cola. Windows 7 saved Microsoft.
Windows 8 is Vista in drag. So is Windows 8.1.
You can still buy Windows 7 on Amazon for $170. I recommend this. Mentally tack this cost on to any computer you buy, unless you buy a Dell computer in Canada, where they still sell “non-touch” PCs — a nice touch! I don’t know if Americans can buy from Dell Canada. If they can, they should.