#windows 8.1

Andy Borowitz:

After failing to install the upgrade by lunchtime, Mr. Gates summoned the new Microsoft C.E.O. Satya Nadella, who attempted to help him with the installation, but with no success.

While the two men worked behind closed doors, one source described the situation as “tense.”

“Bill is usually a pretty calm guy, so it was weird to hear some of that language coming out of his mouth,” the source said.

A Microsoft spokesman said only that Mr. Gates’s first day in his new job had been “a learning experience” and that, for the immediate future, he would go back to running Windows 7.

So good.

Alex Wilhelm:

If Apple were to charge for the update to OS X after Microsoft — a company notorious for high software prices — made its own update free, Apple would appear quite miserly.

I like the notion that Apple followed Microsoft’s lead here — and was actually forced to — as if Microsoft had any choice other than to try to correct the shitshow that has been Windows 8 with a free update. (Much like Apple did way back in the day with OS X 10.1, by the way.)

You could also argue that these Windows 8.X releases are more akin to OS X 10.9.X releases, which have always been free.

But the key point is that Apple has now stated that all versions of OS X are going to be free going forward. Do you think Microsoft is going to do that with all future versions of Windows? Considering that selling that software is one of their core businesses, it’s hard to see how they could possibly do that. Which is why they need the hardware business to work.

The soon-to-be-a-part-of-Yahoo David Pogue:

The fundamental problem with Windows 8 hasn’t changed: you’re still working in two operating systems at once. You’re still leaping from one universe into another — the color schemes, fonts and layouts all change abruptly — and it still feels jarring. There are still too many duplicate programs and settings, one in each environment. And you still can never live entirely in one world or the other.

The more you work with Windows 8, the more screamingly obvious the solution becomes: Split it up. Offer regular Windows on regular computers, offer TileWorld on tablets. That way, everyone has to learn only one operating system, and each operating system is suited to its task.

Naturally, Microsoft PR chief Frank Shaw didn’t appreciate Pogue’s views on Windows 8.1. What’s different about Shaw is that he isn’t afraid to say so quite loudly.

That doesn’t change that fact that Pogue, of course, is right.

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes for ZDNet on the world’s greatest shitshow:

Many PC OEMs are dissatisfied with what Microsoft has done with Windows 8 and the way the company has handled the negative response to the operating system. Privately, one OEM source told me that Microsoft is “destroying” the PC industry, while another claimed that Windows 8 has “handed over millions of customers to Apple.”

I also like Kingsley-Hughes’ use of the term “U-turn” with regard to Windows 8.1. Seems appropriate. Slightly less snarky than, Windows 8: Compromise Edition.