G. Pappy from Oregon writes:
I am getting used to win8 but it looks like 8.1 will tie everything to the cloud. I live in a motorhome and enjoy retirement wandering around this beautiful country we live in. My problem is that I often have no internet connection or an unsecured connection. I am aware I can tether with my cell phone but that uses considerable data. Is there a way to upgrade to 8.1 without everything going to the cloud? I know my email is and has been there but I don’t care for storing all my pictures and documents in a cloud!
You’ll be relieved to know that’s there’s not much difference between using Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Most of the changes are in the interface and have nothing to do with cloud connectivity. Just like Windows 8, you can choose to use it online or offline. You will need to connect to the Internet for your free upgrade, but after that, it’s up to you. You can choose to connect only when you want to go online, check e-mail or do Windows updates.
Saving photos and documents to the cloud is an option, just like with Windows 8 or even Windows 7. It’s not required.