A rather lengthy and detailed article on the coming (October 18), final Windows 8.1: https://windowssecrets.co...gh-the-final-windows-8-1/
Before going through Windows 8.1, Iâ€™ll cut directly to the 30-second summary: if you have Windows 8, youâ€™re going to want to upgrade to Windows 8.1. There are a few gotchas (see below), but by and large Win 8.1 is an improvement.
On the other hand, if youâ€™re still using Windows 7 and youâ€™re on the fence about migrating to Windows 8, nothing in Win8.1 will sway your decision to upgrade. For traditional Windows users who are perfectly happy with a mouse, a nice screen, and a comfortable keyboard â€” and who prefer to not poke at big, blinking boxes â€” Win 8.1 brings nothing new to the table.Enhancing Windows 8â€²s Start screen experience
Win8â€²s tiled (aka Metro) Start screen is what nearly all users love, hate, or love to hate about the new operating system. For the most part, the Win8.1 Start screen is just like Win8â€²s â€” a full-screen, live-tiled, touch-centric counterpoint to the classic Windows desktop. Most of Win8.1â€²s improvements are somewhat behind the curtains. They include: ... read much more