Posted 15 April 2014 - 08:08 AM
It really depends on what you consider to be a negative. Aside from games being merged with apps, they apparently also removed the Recent Games section. I've heard that the live tile also doesn't work anymore, but that may just be a temporary thing.
It sounds like Xbox Music is actually a fair bit worse than it was. People have been reporting lag, no more live tile, no more display on the lock screen, rewind/forward being changed to 10-second jumps, no control over metadata access, and various stability issues. Some of this stuff is being worked on, but I don't exactly which aspects are going to be fixed. For what it's worth Rudy Huyn is working on a music app for the non-Nokia folks, which will most likely be better than the official one (perhaps the Nokia one as well); he has a great track record so far.
Some people have had problems with Cortana working, but it sounds like that has mostly been sorted out.
Shortcuts aren't as good as we had hoped. Turning on WiFi works as expected, but turning it off takes you to the settings. There currently isn't a shortcut for data, which is what I kinda thought was the kinda the point of having these shortcuts.
It looks like you can no longer access the text/barcode/QR scanner through Bing and must now go through the camera. This is another one that bugs me quite a bit.
The screenshot buttons have been changed. I've actually only used the feature once so far, so it's not an issue for me, but I imagine it might be annoying to memorize a new button combination.
Facebook and Twitter integration is now gone.
When a background is set, having a blank space with no tile will leave a black square instead of showing your background.
When using data, you have to either disable WiFi or pull down the Notification Center to see whether or not you are using 4G.
For some reason, you have to go into the settings to enable the comma on the keyboard. Not a big deal but still kinda weird.
Quite a few people have stated that their battery life has suffered significantly since updating.
That's all I can think of off the top of my head. 8.1 has a lot of awesome features, but they also made a lot of questionable changes that make me reluctant to update. But hey, it has only been available for a day, so there is a chance that many of these things will be fixed before the general release. I certainly hope so because I was so excited about updating, but I'm not ready to sacrifice some of the features/aspects that I currently enjoy.