Does Windows 8.1 Redeem the Mistakes Made in the Development of Windows 8?

I’ve been a Windows user for the better part of my life. Even though I got on board relatively late (with Windows 98), I’ve been here for both Microsoft’s successes and failures. For a long time I used 98 and I decided to upgrade when XP came along. Windows XP did everything 98 used to do, only did it better and was a huge improvement, with tons of new features. I kept using it until I started having compatibility issues not more than two years. Sadly, with the new laptop had to come the new Windows and after I had skipped Vista, I was extremely prejudiced toward 7. Still, after I got used to it, Windows 7 became my new favorite OS. I liked it so much, in fact, that I decided to give Windows 8 the chance to blow my mind in the same its predecessor did. And that was the moment I made one of the biggest mistakes in my life – Windows 8 was terrible. It was like they’d made an OS for tablets and then slapped it onto the desktop, but that’s a horrible idea because the two platforms are fundamentally different. It’s one thing to use a touchscreen, for which honestly Windows 8 was designed and I imagine was great at, using it on a desktop was a nightmare. It was a sin that had to be redeemed and with the coming of 8.1, some of the changes seemed to have done just that. Did they manage, though? Did Microsoft manage to redeem themselves?

Windows 8.1 Improvements or Something

The past few years were tough on Microsoft. First of all, Windows 8 was a colossal failure, and then it was followed by the horrendous Xbox One reveal and marketing campaign. Still, Microsoft have shown their ability to listen to their customers (after all, when the profits suffer, they have no choice, do they?) and have changed their controversial policies concerning the XO. Windows 8 was next.

Windows 8.1 is a vast improvement over the original and truly shows that if they wanted to, they could’ve easily created a much better operating system at the first try. It’s not just about the innovations, they’ve finally understood, but also about preserving what makes your system good. It’s the perfect example of “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it”. Their first major mistake was removing the Start Button (or what was the Windows Button in Vista and 7) and replacing it with Metro, which was perfect for tablets, but horrible for PCs. It was a much bigger deal than they realized. So big, in fact, people started to create programs to restore it. There were tons of applications roaming the Internet concerning this problem and that just doesn’t happen if something doesn’t matter. The good news is that the button is back.

The overall navigation of the system is now much improved, as well, and the ability to disable annoying new features and options has been added. Basically, Windows 8.1 does what Windows 8 should’ve done in the first place. This only proves my theory that Windows 8 was rushed to the market without proper testing and hoping that the satisfied mobile users would be enough. If Blizzard has taught us anything, it should be that you should never turn your back on the people who have made you big to begin with. Glad Microsoft have finally realized that.

There aren’t many new and significant changes in the new OS other than those concerning the more user-friendly navigation and improved desktop experience, which is enough to (almost) redeem Microsoft in my book.

Author Bio: Morgan Johnes is passionate blogger keen on different topics about technologies. He currently works in the support team of and he has a lot of experience to share with his readers.