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Microsoft launches Windows 8.1 update to 'flawed' latest OS

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 14:05

Washington: Software corporation Microsoft will launch an update to its latest version of OS at its annual developers'' conference addressing all the problems that customers faced with the launch of Windows 8 last year.

The free downloadable preview of the update called Windows 8.1 will be launched on Wednesday but will be released to the general public later this year, New York Post reports.

The radical makeover that Microsoft attempted with the Windows 8 version drew a lot of flak from those who were accustomed to the standard OS with a start button as the new version inspired of the ''touch technology'' had a tablet style full screen start page and had only favourite programmes.

According to the report, Microsoft claimed to have sold more than 100 million Windows 8 licenses so far but the mixed responses from the consumers prompted the company to bring in tweaks to the radical makeover. Another major issue that the new version faced was that functions such as ''settings'' and ''search box'' were hidden in a menu that had to be pulled out from the right based on whether a mouse is used or touch controls.

Although most of the programs had tablet-style layout, the latest version of the Microsoft Office package was still in conformity with the older desktop mode, this led to a lot of confusion as users would start the computer in a tablet layout and manually switch to the older desktop mode. Despite the fact that the ''start button'' has been restored in the Windows 8.1 update, it will lead users to the same ''tiled screen'' but may help long time users to get accustomed to the changed look.

The Windows 8.1 update will also have more options to use multiple apps and more integrated search results showing users previews of websites, apps and documents that are on the device. Microsoft had primarily developed the new version of Windows to run on tablets with 10-inch to 12-inch screens but the company is now fixing the issues in order to make it more compatible with desktop computers.

The report added that Microsoft is expected to launch a smaller version of its Surface computers.


First Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 14:05
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