Sydney: Software giant Microsoft would be launching a revision to its latest Windows with a free update called Windows 8.1 later this year, aimed at simplifying the OS functioning but has no plans to bring back the start menu.
The latest version of Microsoft Windows has faced a lot of flak from its users over its complex functioning, appearance and most importantly the lack of start menu, which was predominant in all the previous versions.
As reported by News.com.au, Windows 8 has a start-up screen displaying applications in a mosaic of interactive tiles instead of static icons creating a complexity of usage for those who are familiar with the old setup.
The update Windows 8.1 is aimed to allow users to start the OS in a desktop design with an omnipresent Windows logo in the lower left corner. Users will be able to access their favourite applications, including Word and Excel, appear in a horizontal task bar next to the Windows logo.
According to the report, the crucial aspect of the tweak is the search bar in the right side of the display screen, which would allow users to search for anything stored in the computer`s hard drive or on web by typing a few keywords.
Jensen Harris, Microsoft`s director of user experience for the operating system said that the redesigned tool is meant to provide users with `pure power and instant entertainment`.
Further additions include built-in connection with Microsoft`s online storage system, SkyDrive for back up of files, photos, etc., a lock-up screen displaying user`s favourite photos, larger and smaller interactive tiles, photo editor, and a `help and tips` tile in the centre of start screen.
Microsoft`s stock has risen by 25 percent since Windows 8`s release last October having licensed more than 60 million copies so far, the report added.