I tried to like it - but failed
I installed Windows 8.1 on a non-touchscreen laptop. Yes it works, and yes I can use it.
But all the time you are reminded that this is set up as a toy, not as a business tool.
Those metro apps have less functionality than real programs, and are not what I want a computer for in the first place. All those stupid boxes in the way instead of helpful menus.
The App Store is no use on a business machine: you don't want users installing software.
Despite being fast and in a powerful machine, every task takes much longer than it does on Windows 7, because the 8.1 UI is both unintuitive AND inefficient.
It might be good on a touchscreen tablet computer, but they are normally unsuitable for serious work because the input obscures the output.
The machine now only gets powered up for the odd Windows Update. When I have time I'll wipe it and install Windows 7 again.
Sorry, Microsoft, Windows 8.1 makes Windows ME look like a good idea.
Unless you get it right with 9, you will lose even more users.