3 Things Microsoft Windows 8.1 Fixed

Recently, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) announced the release of a test version of Windows 8.1 -- the company's answer to the barrage of complaints it received about Windows 8. While the new release contains a long list of improvements, there are three that stand out as being highly significant. As Microsoft must now compete with Apple and Google in ways it likely never imagined, Mr. Softy's ability to improve is critical.

In the video below, Fool.com contributor Doug Ehrman discusses three big fixes that Windows 8.1 includes and why they are good news for Microsoft users and investors.

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  • Report this Comment On July 03, 2013, at 9:40 PM, VegasSmitty wrote:

    After the installation my computer rebooted every three minutes. Had to wipe my hard drive. I went back to Win 7. Threw away my Win 8 disk.

  • Report this Comment On July 03, 2013, at 9:41 PM, normgarry wrote:

    I'm not sure who Microsoft has working for them, but it seems that all they are doing is MANUFACTURING OUTRAGE lately. First Windows 8.1 and now XBOX1.

  • Report this Comment On July 03, 2013, at 9:59 PM, TechActinAFool wrote:

    I really don't understand the outrage the two posters above are experiencing, or the outrage in general. I've been working with Win8 since the start in an retail IT job, and the only people who remain mystified or misled by it are people who are simply too impatient or stubborn to learn it. Yes, moving from the start menu/icon GUI disorients people at first, but realize this: Almost all the users I know liberally use the Win7 search, without knowing the Win8 search is available just by typing at the Home screen. It's realllllly nice, folks.

    Xbox, though? That's worthy of a paddlin' and a strict non-buy.

  • Report this Comment On July 03, 2013, at 10:52 PM, 3DGardens wrote:

    I've had few problems using Win8, although I dislike much about it. I particularly dislike the fact that you can't sweep the emails of a single sender from your box. On a more positive note, for those who are challenged by the software, the ESC key may be your best friend if you get lost or the home page is accidentally reconfigured. This key will usually back you out to where you started.

  • Report this Comment On July 03, 2013, at 11:25 PM, wvdino wrote:

    Windows 8 is not a bad system, 8.1 seems like it might help a bit. But and that is a big but, the start button issue is not fixed at all. Putting an icon on the task bar to take you to the start screen doesn't fix a thing. I can hit the windows button on my key board and do the same thing. I miss the start menu that I could easily scroll through to find what I wanted with sub menus to get even closer to what I want. Not too sure about the search feature, still doesn't seem to help with finding your way around win 8 except that I find more info from a search engine like Yahoo or Google and Microsoft wants you to use Bing which is not the search engine of my choice. I still prefer Microsoft and will give it a try, after all, they will start putting out stuff that won't work with older systems and I'm not about to spend that much money to switch to another system at this point Yet!

  • Report this Comment On July 04, 2013, at 4:14 AM, krisvolker wrote:

    I don't get it, i recently upgraded to windows 8 from windows 7, now i love windows 7 and i was a tad eh about updating, cuz of all the bad talk about windows 8 but the golden rule about these things is you'll know unless u try it your self, and so i updated, and honestly I love it, more then windows 7, if you actually took the time to learn how to use it and i mean really use it, its so much easier, and the start menu they are adding does more then just take u to the start menu it gives u some options, similar to what the original start menu had but not as direct, regardless, i really think people just naturally hate new things lol and don't even bother to learn it they find one bad thing about it and all the system sucks, so please stop giving windows 8 a bad name its a great improvement and yes it can use some tweaks here and there but its overall good.

  • Report this Comment On July 04, 2013, at 4:48 AM, syndrome477 wrote:

    My son downloaded Windows 8 beta version to see what it was like, on our family desktop. At first glance I thought I had a virus on my computer. It was full of patches and multicolored areas. So I asked him what happened to my computer? He explained it. Then when I went to remove it, there were error messages flashing that I had downloaded a piracy or something. I sent for a Windows 7 disk to set it back to normal again. Still have a black desktop. I think Windows 8 damaged something. Now I have to take the computer in to be fixed. It's gonna cost. Thanks a lot, Microsoft.You really out did yourself this time.

  • Report this Comment On July 04, 2013, at 10:21 AM, rednecktrash wrote:

    I bought a windows 8 laptop and hated it. I gave it to my grandson.

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