With Windows 8.1
, Microsoft addressed some of the problems that scuffed the original Windows 8
release, smoothing the cracks between desktop and touch UIs, improving snapped apps, and allowing users to boot direct to the desktop, among other tweaks and fixes. For many, this is the software that Microsoft should have launched in 2012.
For others, Windows 8.1 simply makes Windows 8 slightly less terrible. The truth is that, while Windows 8.1 improves Windows 8, the consensus is that it doesn't do enough. Before an all-new, rewritten-from-the-ground-up, cloud embracing Windows 9
appears, we might Windows 8.2 as a stop-gap.