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
Thursday marks the official launch of Windows 8.1. It's an incremental upgrade to the operating system, which means it's not a major overhaul but a tweak of the prior version. However, Microsoft added some key features sorely lacking in Windows 8. That includes a new, modified Start button, as well as the opportunity to boot the PC directly to the old-style desktop mode.
Including those features -- standards of older Windows versions -- is partly an admission that Microsoft's bold move with Windows 8 wasn't the right one. Windows 8.1 in many ways represents a step backward for Windows. That's not necessarily a bad thing -- after all, everyone panicked about that Start button -- and it shows Microsoft clearly is listening to what users want. In addition, many of these features, such as boot to desktop, allow a PC to be just a PC, if that's what users want.