Microsoft unveils operating system update

Jun 05, 2013
Microsoft Corporation's Corporate Vice President Nick Parker describes new products during the Computex Taipei 2013, one of the world's largest IT exhibitions, in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. During Wednesday's event, Microsoft unveiled its operating system upgrade 8.1. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Software giant Microsoft has unveiled the updated version of its touch-enabled Windows 8 operating system at the world's second largest computer show in Taipei.

Tami Reller, chief financial and marketing officer of the company's Windows Division, said that Windows 8.1 would be available on both PCs and tablets later this year.

Speaking at the Computex show Wednesday, Reller said the 8.1 update took into account input from consumers on the Windows 8 system, which has received only lukewarm reviews.

"Windows 8.1 furthers the bold vision of Windows 8 by responding to customer feedback and adding new features and functionality that advance the touch experience and mobile computing's potential," she said.

Antoine Leblond, corporate vice president of Windows Program Management, demonstrated the upgraded system, which included enhancements in areas including platform personalization and search. The 8.1 system restores the start button function that was removed from Windows 8.

Microsoft Corporation's Corporate Vice President Nick Parker describes new products during the Computex Taipei 2013, one of the world's largest IT exhibitions, in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. During Wednesday's event, Microsoft unveiled its operating system upgrade 8.1. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Once the most substantial presence in the computer industry, Microsoft Corp. has been working hard over the past two years to cope with the rise of tablet computing, and the resulting erosion in PC sales.

Microsoft's own tablets have a 4 percent market share, far behind that of industry leader Apple. They have been available for seven months.

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Eikka
5 / 5 (4) Jun 05, 2013
Microsoft should push for full desktop-like environment for tablets rather than trying to do the same overgrown cellphone OS that the others are already selling. Nobody needs yet another closed ecosystem that multitasks like PCs did 20 years ago.
gmurphy
not rated yet Jun 05, 2013
@Eikka, nobody except Microsoft.
Benni
2.6 / 5 (5) Jun 05, 2013
In a business environment we do not like having to squint or wear coke bottle reading glasses to read data just because some dumb-body software designer at Microsoft spends most of their time on a damn cellphone & thinks the rest of us should share their vision of reality.

I was really po'd when I recently put W8 on a brand new & expensive PC with all the latest hardware technology to give me unparalleled technology, and boy was I surprised, they didn't even get the email app right. If you can't even get the email app right, it didn't surprise to find out what else they screwed up all because the Microsoft Product Development Team has morphed into a bunch of cellphone geeks.
AWaB
1 / 5 (1) Jun 05, 2013
I really like some of the W8 functions but it is rather painful getting them to work right. Benni hit it w/ the expectations. Also, it's like fishing for software w/o the start button. I made a complaint when I was beta testing W8 about how painful it was. However, W8 is extremely fast and has been quite stable for me so far. I think the 8.1 should iron out the problems and give us the desktop theme back. At least that's what I'm hoping. I sure won't install W8 on my gaming rig until then. If you have a touchscreen laptop, W8 is a decent option, though.