Microsoft rolls out Windows 8.1 update

Windows 8.1 update

Windows 8.1 update

Microsoft has rolled out the latest update of its Windows 8 operating system. The Windows 8.1 update seeks to solve a number of issues raised when Windows 8 went live, including the return of the Start button and allowing the computer to boot up using a traditional desktop interface.

The launch comes as Microsoft still seeks for a new CEO and PC sales facing a continuous decline.

Microsoft developed Windows 8 as a means to connect traditional-form laptops and desktop computers with more current touchscreen devices like smartphones and tablets. It features a tile-based interface that users can tap or swipe to open applications. However, PC users complain about how Windows 8 made it more confusing in performing tasks they have been used to in previous versions.

Windows 8.1 update

The Windows 8.1 brings back the Start button, wherein tapping it once displays the tiled interface while a long press opens the device’s system controls. It also allows users to switch to desktop mode, wherein the tiled interface is entirely removed in favor of a traditional UI. The latest version also features updates on keyboard shortcuts, gesture controls, tile sizing, and web browsing.

Users of Windows 8 and even Windows 7 gadgets can now update their software directly from Microsoft’s website. The Windows 8.1 update is free for those using Windows 8, while Windows 7 users will have to shell out some dough ($120 for Windows 8.1; $200 for Windows 8.1 Pro).

Source: BBC

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