Microsoft has finally announced a target date for the release of Windows 8.1 for this coming October. Many Windows 8 users are waiting with anticipation to see Microsoft’s strategy for straddling the needs of legacy Windows PC users and those of modern touch screen Tablet users.
It has been a year since Windows 8 appeared on new PCs and tablets and reaction has been mixed to say the least. Many users have been critical of the new interface, lamenting the disappearance of the “Start” button and struggling to adapt from a mouse and keyboard to a touch screen based interface. Others have complained about the steep learning curve required for basic tasks, and the many hard to reach controls and settings. Despite this however, many users have been impressed by the operating system’s performance and improved security.
In the 8.1 release, Microsoft has addressed a number of these issues. It makes the more familiar Desktop-like screen a default option for startup, as opposed to forcing you to use the tile-based Start screen. It also restores a “Start” button to the Windows home screen. Other enhancements include an improved “Snap” capability (a great way to organize multiple applications on your screen), more integrated search results (combining results from the web, cloud storage and even music apps) and a host of new features and built-in applications. The new features and applications range from an enhanced calculator and a reading list to even health and fitness applications!
Windows 8.1 will be a free upgrade for Windows 8 users, so keep an eye out this October. For more, see what Microsoft is saying here.
If you have questions about Windows 8.1 or need support updating your systems, Superior Technology Solutions can help. For more information, contact us at (845) 735-3555 or visit www.superiortechnology.com.
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