Ever since I updated my laptop to 8.1 last weekend, I've been having problems with IE and Chrome being unable to access sites.
If you wait 5 seconds and try again, it usually connects.
Then I found this post: http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=39&topicid=129101 which replicates my experience.
If I set the DNS in my network adaptor to either the Telecom or Google public DNS servers everything works just fine. But if I rely on DHCP / DNS forwarding, then I'm in a world of hurt.
Manually setting DNS on the adaptor isn't really an option given it's a laptop and I move around, plus there is also the problem with VPNs which intercept / extend DNS requests.
I'm not complaining (too much), I'd just like to know if anybody else is seeing anything similar and has any suggestions. Hopefully (maybe) there will be a patch between now and GA?