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BLOG: Leaked Windows 8.1 Build 9471 surprises, disappoints

Woody Leonhard | Aug. 13, 2013
Windows 8.1 X 64 Pro Build 9471 — apparently leaked, but very close to final — hit torrents and download sites worldwide late yesterday. Here's what I've found

I had a hard time understanding why Microsoft would do something so boneheaded. Then a good friend reminded me: Microsoft doesn't make any money on Libraries. It makes a ton on SkyDrive.

I held out hope that Microsoft would reinstate libraries the way they used to be, but that isn't the case. In fact, to add pecuniary insult to injury, Microsoft is now designating the SkyDrive Documents folder as the default save location for the Documents Library. So if you drag a file into your Documents Library in Windows 8.1, it ends up on SkyDrive. Ka-ching.

It looks like Windows 8.1 will RTM any day now. I no longer hold out any hope that Microsoft will back off the Smart Search or Library debacles. 



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