Microsoft pushes out a handful of fixes for Windows 8.1 Preview

Microsoft pushes out a handful of fixes for Windows 8.1 Preview

Summary: It looks like Microsoft wasn't kidding about their new "rapid update cadence" for Windows 8.1. A new batch of updates for the preview release arrived yesterday via Windows Update, including a much-needed fix for Twitter and other apps that had noticeable scrolling problems.

TOPICS: Windows 8

Yesterday, Microsoft pushed out a batch of new fixes for the Windows 8.1 Preview and the Windows RT 8.1 Preview. The five fixes, one classified as Important and the other four Recommended, are separate from the security fixes that arrived on Patch Tuesday last week.

The most welcome fix, judging from complaints I’ve heard, is KB2868208, which fixes a bug with Windows 8 apps that use scrolling ListView controls. The behavior is especially noticeable with the Windows 8 Twitter app (and with third-party Twitter apps), where scrolling is so jumpy as to render the apps almost unusable. After installation, scrolling is noticeably smoother.

The single Important fix is a roll-up of compatibility fixes for third-party apps. The Compatibility update for Windows RT 8.1 Preview and Windows 8.1 Preview: June 2013, includes hard blocks for five apps. The list includes AVG Internet Security 2013, which is blocked from installation, as well as an old version of Parallels Desktop (version 4.x), which is blocked from installation and from migration.

The four Recommended apps cover a variety of fixes and come with only terse documentation of their changes:

If you’re running the Windows 8.1 preview, all of the updates should be installed automatically. In a welcome change in Windows 8.1, both Important and Recommended updates are available from either the touch-friendly Windows 8 PC Settings or the desktop Control Panel.

Topic: Windows 8

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  • A telling "fix"...

    So, MicroHeadSoft is busy "fixing" the "fix" for the latest disaster? And, so quickly too? Builds solid confidence in a nasty mess....
    • Confused...

      So the rapid release cadence of some open source projects is good, but when MS releases rapid fixes to a beta OS release, that's bad?
      • Confusion confirmed

        You are most definitely confused. Glad we got that figured out.
        • Microsoft always releases rapidly

          Software from Microsoft goes directly from the developer to the users without being tested. Once the software is released the bugs are fixed every Tuesday ad infinitum.
          • Are you really that dumb?

            Do you realise that you are claiming that an OS that is currently in the hands of MILLIONS of beta testers (8.1 is a beta) is getting released with no testing?

            What an incredibly naive (and stupid) thing to claim. The whole point of releasing 8.1 as a beta several months before release is to get it tested by millions of users on different devices in different scenarios in the real world BEFORE the official release.
          • allusernamestaken

            It's not nice to call someone dumb, but since you opened up this can of worms, it's you who is the dumb one for not realizing that the comment was written in satire! Wow, go check yourself!
            Corona Borealis
          • You must be...

            I didn't call that person dumb, I asked if they were dumb enough for their comment to be sincere.

            I guess your reading comprehension isn't as strong as your trolling skills.
          • beta release?

            No, this is more like an Alpha.
          • You will also remember that the 8.1 beta is not what is released.

            The released product is something else.

            If it were just an improvement over the 8.1 beta then you would be able to upgrade from the 8.1 beta to 8.1.

            and you can't do that.

            So the real 8.1 has not received the testing...
          • Do you always make stuff up?

            Or do you really know so little about software that you would make such a ludicrous statement?
            William Farrel
          • what preview really is

            IMHO, a MS Windows preview is like alpha testing, and the general release is the first beta. It finally gets up to a reasonably ready to release by SP2 or so (plus fixes for all the new bugs that SP2 will bring).
      • "rapid fixes" bad?

        Yeah, I'm afraid that is how it works son. After 25 years in Silly Valley, I know the "fix-the-fix-that-fixed-the-fix" routine.. when you rush a out a product or a program or an OS, if you don't want to take the time to debug it, you rely on customer complaints and "bug lists".
        It keeps the "headcount" down and looks like you're responding to customers.. if that satisfies you, keep buying the "latest and greatest" until you get to my status.. retirement. By then, maybe you will be smart enough to know better.. you'll sure be out a lot of money and time.
        • So I take it that every piece of software sucks

          There seems to be a move to a more rapid pace of development, which essentially means they're patching it quicker. This is not a bad thing just because you're a little too old to realize the benefit of not moving at glacier pace.
          Michael Alan Goff
          • More haste less speed

            Michael Alan Goff says about robertcape
            "... just because you're a little too old to realize the benefit of not moving at glacier pace."

            As an oldie myself (i.e. in my 60s), I consider your ageist remark to be made as a result of ignorance and inexperience. I know from personal experience that quick fixes invariably turn out to be more buggy than corrections made with proper thought and testing.

            The correct approach to software development is to make a plan, flowchart the logic, etc. and not jump straight into coding. I have worked on projects that seemed so simple and straightforward that I've jumped straight into coding without prior planning and the result is almost always a program that needs debugging. In contrast, when I've been given a more difficult project, I've planned it properly, then done the coding and it's usually right first time. OK, that's a slight exaggeration but it's generally true that the quicker the fix, the buggier the result, and Microsoft ought to know this by now.
          • Your way isn't always right

            Seriously, the idea of planning out everything doesn't help make the software bulletproof. I could point at examples in the world of Apple or Microsoft that point to long cycles and them still having a massive amount of bugs. Nor do we know that 8.1 will be particularly buggy when finally released.

            The way development works is changing, and it's becoming more agile. If you can't keep up with fast changes, the world of computers is not for you.
            Michael Alan Goff
          • No, it doesn't mean they will be patching it faster.

            It just means they will be releasing whatever crap they have at the time.

            Which is all they do anyway.
        • Except all the bugs

          still sitting in linux that no one ever fixes because they all sit around waiting for someone else to do it.
          • Burn him, burn him

            Heretical outpourings.

            You do realise you are not supposed to say things like that?
          • Such as?

            Which bugs go back to 2.2?
        • Um, it's a "preview" not "a product or a program"

          If you install an early release, it will, almost by defintion, contain bugs. Many companies that release early code like this aren't that good at getting the fixes for the bugs into their "beta testers" hands - the bugs get fixed for the RTM release, but only for that release.

          This is a beta, it's not something anyone has "bought" (even those folks how like to "keep buying the "latest and greatest")

          Fixing and releasing stuff in a pre-release with a rapid cadence is good.