Microsoft has released the Windows 8.1 update for the Windows 8 operating system. The update is to address some of the issues with the original version of Windows 8. The main feature of the update is the restoration of the start button and booting with the traditional desktop interface.
Other changes in 8.1 include:
Desktop mode – Allows you choose to use or not use the tiled interface
Keyboard shortcuts – The need to toggle between different on-screen keyboards when typing numbers and letters has been eliminated
Gesture control – Some applications can now be used without touching the screen
Tile sizing – There are now four sizes of tiles to choose from
Web browsing – Separate web pages will now be displayed side by side
Microsoft is undergoing a major reorganization as it has bought popular phone maker Nokia, is also launching a new version of the Xbox game console and is searching for a new chief executive officer.
The update will be available from today and is free to those already running Windows 8. For those of us using Windows 7, there will be a charge for upgrading to 8.1. Nice changes; I think I’ll now consider using Windows 8.