Why (not) upgrade to Windows 8.1?

“The second Microsoft takes Windows 7 away and tries to force Windows 8 down our throats yet again. I will no longer be a Microsoft customer.” – this is a comment on an article published 3 days ago and most comments are far from being positive towards Microsoft’s operating system. After all, you don’t have to be a Microsoft hater to figure out that an operating system designed for touch devices simply can’t work as it should on desktop computers/laptops/any other devices that don’t have any touchscreen…

Windows 8.1 arriving in mid-October

Can Windows 8.1 provide enough to make people leave Windows 7 behind?

… so why would anyone move from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1? After all, Windows 8.1 brings back the lost Start button, but is that enough? Here we have a few reasons that are making me keep Windows 7 around for now and will do the same even after the 18th of October, the day when Microsoft will introduce Windows 8.1:

  • The Start button – In Windows 8, it was gone. Now, there will be a Start button, but not the one we were expecting for, since it’s going to point to the Start screen without bringing up a list of programs/any kind of search box.
  • As long as new hardware offers support for Windows 7, there’s no solid reason to drop it. Moving from Windows XP to 7 after adding one SSD made a lot of sense, since XP does not offer TRIM support, but why leave Windows 7 behind now? Are they going to play the DirectX dirty trick once again, as they did with Vista/DirectX 10?
  • No Skype integration in Windows 7? Come oooon, this one’s for kids! If I need a program, I install that program, it’s as easy as that! It would be plain stupid to move on and upgrade to Windows 8.1 just to have Skype integrated into the OS!
  • No more Windows 7 support of any kind, including updates AND Microsoft trying to force Windows 8 down your throat in every possible way? Linux won’t do any of that, for sure.

I guess that’s all for now. If you have any other reason for staying with Windows 7 and not move to Windows 8.1, please go ahead and share it with the rest of us!