Just yesterday (September 8, 2013), Paul Thurrott posted a thorough in-depth tour and review of the RTM version of Windows 8.1 to his SuperSite for Windows Website. Entitled “Windows 8.1 Review: Windows 8.1 is meaningful and welcome upgrade to Windows 8,” it walks readers through pretty much everything that’s new and different in the upcoming October release of Microsoft’s latest desktop OS. It’s a lengthy, detailed, and fairly thoughtful piece. And though its title might suggest that Thurrott is playing the role of Microsoft apologist and advocate, he’s always been one to report faithfully and objectively about what he finds in the many MS operating systems and platforms he follows so closely.
The 8.1 desktop provides ways to boot to the desktop and offers a nod toward Start button functionality with a left-hand icon that jumps to the Modern UI Start screen instead.
If you’re interested in what’s up with the Windows 8.1 RTM (both for Windows x86 and x64 as well as Windows RT versions), you could do a lot worse than to read this article from start to finish. The entire piece includes 4 lengthy numbered pages, ranging from just over 600 words to almost 2,200 words per page, and profusely illustrated with screen shots and examples. Highly recommended.