On Thursday, the long-awaited update for Windows 8 was finally released into the wild. Windows 8.1 brings a slew of new features, upgrades, and overall improvements to the operating system and every app that comes with it.
If you've been using the Preview version of 8.1, many of these features should already seem familiar: swiping up from the base brings up the All Apps drawer, desktop backgrounds can move in parallax effect, and of course, the obligatory "Start" button is back (though it's just a visual icon for the home screen).
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Windows 8.1 is now available as a free download for Windows 8 users. Microsoft's latest operating system introduces many new features to the platform and includes fixes for most of the original problems users had been dealing with over the past year.
Here's how you can upgrade to Windows 8.1 from earlier versions of Windows:
Windows 8 Be sure to back up your personal data and check for any updated drivers before downloading the operating system. The Windows 8.1 update requires more than 3GB of space; make sure you have enough free space on your … Read more
The software giant plans to host an AMA, or "Ask Me Anything," on Reddit from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT on Thursday. It said in a tweet that several of its engineers will talk about the revamped operating system.
We will be hosting an IAmA on reddit today w/ several of our engineers to talk about Windows 8.1 from 10:30am to 12:00pm (PST).Join us!— The Windows Blog (@windowsblog) October 17, 2013 You can find the AMA link here. … Read more
The launch of Windows 8.1 has ushered in several updated applications, led by Facebook.
The social network on Thursday released its official app for Windows 8.1. The application comes with many of the features users would expect, including the ability to see friend activity in the News Feed and Notifications. Users can also receive Facebook updates automatically on the Start Screen. The app is available for free in the Windows Store.
In addition, several other applications have been updated to work with Windows 8.1, including the following:Mail, Calendar, and People have all been updated to work … Read more
Next month marks the 28th anniversary of Windows, Microsoft's iconic operating system and the backbone of what turned it into one of the most powerful companies in tech.
But before that, comes the next iteration of that software -- Windows 8.1. It goes out as a free update to existing Windows 8 users on Thursday, and puts Microsoft in a new direction of offering smaller updates more frequently, something that's now expected by consumers who are used to major releases once a year (or more) on smartphones and tablets made by rivals.
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Microsoft is hoping for a Windows 8 do-over with version 8.1 of the operating system, but this reboot likely isn't enough to change buyers' opinions.
Windows 8 was the first major redesign of the storied Windows OS in years, and its launch was accompanied by a loud and splashy campaign. For consumers, however, that largely amounted to a lot of background noise.
By trying to address both tablets and PCs, Microsoft ended up not serving either particularly well. Rather than one interface, users had to toggle between the traditional desktop view and the new tile-centric interface, formerly known … Read more
Windows 8.1 is set to arrive later this week as a free update to Windows 8 via the Windows Store. Windows 8.1 has several new features, including being able to boot directly to the desktop as well as the return of the Start button.
As with any major update, taking a few moments to prepare for it will go a long way to ensuring a smooth update. Here are a few steps you can take to make sure your update to Windows 8.1 goes without a hitch:Back up your personal data
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Microsoft is making Windows 8.1 commercially available over the next day-plus -- depending on your time zone.
Unsurprisingly, this milestone leads many Microsoft watchers, partners, and customers to wonder what will be coming next. Again, unsurprisingly, Microsoft isn't talking about what will be the follow-on to Windows 8.1, code-named Blue. But that doesn't mean things are at a standstill.
Here's what I'm hearing from my sources.