I see your point, and I like it.
It is true that 8.1 is 'good' but it's a moot point, windows 8 has already ruined anything starting with 8.
The user interface being set automatically to a touch interface on devices without any touchscreen is idiotic. The problem is the low tech users who still have trouble with basic things like how to start a program, what is a program, what is a web browser, how to plug in the mouse, how do I download the interwebs, all that.
It's a moot point, everyone is moving to tablets and wifi. The only people who need or use anything more than a tablet are business people, businesses, and content creators. Everything else is going to cloud and content consumption. You no longer need a PC just to do email, texting, chat, and content consumption.
Since desktop/laptop is being relegated to content creators and business, the level of competency is rising for the typical user of laptop/desktop. The only 'real' difference between 8 and 8.1 is making it easier to ditch the interface, and with a stronger user that is a moot point, 8 and 8.1 are both in the crap category, making win10 'good'.