Pros and cons of Windows 8.1
With Windows 8.1 being around for a while in tablets, laptops and PC platforms, the operating system has gained as much positive reviews as negative criticism. For Windows users, there are many changes to get used to and some of them might not be that likable. So let’s view the pros and cons of Windows 8.1.
On the contrary of the usual ‘bad news first’, we’ll start with the advantages that the new update has to offer
With the new Windows 8.1, we can use professional programs on our tablets. Previously, such didn’t match the software, but now we can simply plug the keyboard and get the job done on a mobile device. Furthermore, Windows 8.1 compensates with faster performance and better stability in comparison to any other Windows version and it’s twice as more secure. Unlike the previous version, where we could snap only two apps on-screen on the same time with specified resolution sizes, now the multi-tasking offers more flexible snapping in terms of screen resolutions. Furthermore, now we are also able to access all open web pages that are active of our PCs via a pop-up menu for sessions. More pros come with the user Profile cloud sync that allows us to save our customizations, app data, passwords and everything to SkyDrive. Speaking of apps, we can now also sort them by date of installation and most used, as well as by mane and category. Meanwhile, there’s also a Global Search integration that enables us to search for apps without the context sensitivity of the previous version.
With all great news, there must be at least something that isn’t right and in our case, the cons are more than one
In the previous Windows 8 version, we would tap a new app on the start screen and it would simply open itself in a larger window. Now we have a thumbnail icon of our apps somewhere in the border to indicate that we have to choose where our apps should load and the option to push it to the top of the screen in order to go full screen. I’m usually an advocate of Windows when people are accusing the operating system of being way too complicated; but now I’m starting to think these people might actually have a point. Now let’s talk about the photo apps-the new version doesn’t show our albums from Facebook or other social networks anymore and it doesn’t allow us to browse photo libraries from our associated with Microsoft ID PCs. We can look at our local photos only in a completely cropped horizontal that makes the photos unrecognizable in their thumbnail view. Moreover, there’s no messaging app in Windows 8.1 as well as the calendar app no longer works with Exchange 2003 and no longer integrates with Facebook events. Sweet! Speaking of Exchange, the tasks from our accounts don’t sync which means we’ll have to install the full Outlook version for that and we don’t want this to happen, right? And last, though this is not the full list, if we are in desktop mode and try to send a file from File Explorer via our email, we’ll get an error message, so that doesn’t work anymore either.