Microsoft releases Windows 8.1, in restart

Attendees look at products during the Microsoft Build Conference on June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, California
Attendees look at products during the Microsoft Build Conference on June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, California

Microsoft released Windows 8.1 on Thursday, after tweaking the operating system designed for various devices that had confused some users.

The update is free for those using Windows 8, released last year to help Microsoft navigate the transition from traditional personal computers to such as tablets.

The revamped version brings back the "start" button, which disappeared last year and prompted protests from some PC users unaccustomed to the tiled menu adapted for touchscreens.

"Windows 8.1 demonstrates our commitment to continuously improving the product to create a richer customer experience," Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc wrote on the company blog.

"We are excited to have customers start updating their devices today and getting to experience new Windows devices this holiday season."

A public preview of Windows 8.1 was made available June 26. At the time, Microsoft said it had sold more than 100 million licenses for Windows 8 but that the update was planned after listening to customers.

Some analysts say Microsoft was forced to act because of slow adoption of Windows 8, which made some radical changes to the design of the desktop.

With Windows 8, Microsoft was trying to create a system that could be used on mobile touch screen devices while also serving the users of traditional PCs.

Microsoft launched Windows 8 last October, revamping its flagship system in an effort to make inroads in the fast-growing mobile segment. At the same time, it released its Surface tablet computer.

Starting Friday, Windows 8.1 will be delivered on new devices using the Microsoft operating system.


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Oct 17, 2013
Microsoft forgot about PC users. FAIL. No problem, just like Vista, MAC and Linux will just grow more.

k_m
Oct 21, 2013
I have to laugh.
... just like Vista, MAC and Linux will just grow more.

So MAC and Linux will grow just like Vista?

Oh, the irony.

Oct 21, 2013
That's because Windows 8 sucks. Too much optimization for touch screens. It just doesn't feel like Windows.

k_m
Oct 21, 2013
That's because Windows 8 sucks. Too much optimization for touch screens. It just doesn't feel like Windows.

Works just fine here. Does everything 7 did, if you know how to use 7 and the keyboard shortcuts. But I do admit that if you're tied to your mouse, you're screwed.

Oct 21, 2013
That's because Windows 8 sucks. Too much optimization for touch screens. It just doesn't feel like Windows.

Works just fine here. Does everything 7 did, if you know how to use 7 and the keyboard shortcuts. But I do admit that if you're tied to your mouse, you're screwed.


Yeah, I suppose it'd work well. I haven't really given it much of a chance, I guess. My last comment was probably a bit unfair. I've seen a lot of parts of it which look a bit like the older windows. There shouldnt be much problem using the mouse in Windows 8, imo.

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