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Gabe / on Fri, Jun 28 2013 at 9:40 am

Windows 8.1

I’d just like to state for the record that I actually really like the tile shit. I’m still 100% in love with my Surface Pro, especially after the last week. We’ve been in the process of moving into a new office and for a while we were in the new space but none of our stuff was here. The new office has a large lobby area that we have filled with couches and so everyone just hung out there with their laptops. It was actually really fun having everyone in the same space but it’s much harder for me to work that way since I make the strip on a big ass Cintiq. Thanks to the Surface Pro I was able to hang out in the lobby with everyone else and draw all week though. I produced a bunch of strips and even the new Daughters of the Eyrewood artwork I posted, all on my Surface.

I decided to give 8.1 a try on the Surface but I was super nervous it would brick the thing. I’ve been using it for a couple of days now and I’m happy to report I’ve had no issues. All the stylus stuff that I rely on still works great and so far I have no encountered an app or game that doesn’t still work. In terms of new features the stuff they added doesn’t seem to be groundbreaking but it’s stuff I’ve wanted and so I’m glad to have it. I like that I can finally use whatever picture I want as a wallpaper behind my tiles. I dig the new options for tile sizes and I like the way they’ve made the tile editing functionality more like it is on the Windows phone. The SkyDrive integration is smooth and I really dig the new store.

I have to say the new Food and Drink app is probably one of my favorite new features. I’ve been trying to cook more and I use my Surface a lot in the kitchen. This new app combines a bunch of stuff I need like timers, shopping lists and tons of recipes into one place. It also offers a hands free mode that utilizes the camera for navigation so you don’t have to touch the screen with messy hands.

Now they just need to hurry up and release Halo: Spartan Assault.

-Gabe out

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