Though it seems like Microsoft has repeated the Vista incident, many actually like Windows 8. However, this time, Microsoft isn’t waiting so long to fix some of the major problems users have had with the new operating system. The code named Windows Blue is coming earlier than most would have expected in the surprising form of a free operating system upgrade. Microsoft is ready and eager to launch Windows 8.1.
* Microsoft officially announced the release of Windows 8.1 through a blog post.
* Windows 8.1 serves more as the next phase of Windows 8 instead of a completely new operating system. The object is to create better experiences for both businesses and consumers.
* The public preview will be available beginning June 26, 2013 for users who have Windows 8 or Windows RT installed.
* Unlike other Windows updates, you’ll have to download Windows 8.1 from the Windows Store instead of Windows Update.
* Instead of creating an entirely new OS, Microsoft is using Windows 8.1 as a quick solution to fix some of the most glaring issues consumers and businesses have had with the latest edition of Windows.
* According to PCWorld, Microsoft is truly listening to its customers. However, the update will tell the story as to whether customer feedback has been taken into account or not. The update could be a make or break play for Microsoft.
* While leaks have hinted that the desktop may return, no confirmed details have been released yet.
* One of the most amazing aspects of the update is the price tag. Most OS overhauls mean you’ll have to pay. Microsoft wants to get on users’ good sides by offering Windows 8.1 for free.
* Windows 8.1 could be considered the first service pack for Windows 8. However, in the past Microsoft has always referred to service packs as such. The name itself implies Windows 8.1 is more than just a standard update and could be a new version of Windows 8 entirely.
* Microsoft may be trying to get users to finally upgrade to Windows 8 since the six year old “Windows XP is still the number two operating system.” The numbers alone prove consumers still like the desktop and may not want a completely mobile interface for all devices.
* No exact release date is available as of yet. Microsoft hopes to have Windows 8.1 pre-loaded on to new systems by the 2013 Holiday season. However, anyone with Windows 8 will be able to easily update their system as soon as the final update is released.
* Windows 8 consumers will be notified the moment the full Windows 8.1 update is available. Until then, users will have to be content with the preview.
Windows 8.1 is a completely new update strategy for Microsoft. In the past, service packs were all the rage. Users are likely to see the love child of new operating system and service pack in 8.1 At the very least, the preview will let users see whether the update is right for them before changing their system completely.