|New features of Windows 8.1|
The most popular operating system (OS) in the world is Microsoft’s Windows. The latest version of Windows – Windows 8 – was released in October of 2012, and has been slowly adopted by companies and users alike. With the release of this new OS, Microsoft stated that they would move to a yearly update schedule, the first of which – Windows 8.1 – has recently been announced.
Here is a brief overview of the new features and changes that will be introduced in Windows 8.1.
What exactly is Windows 8.1?
Windows 8.1 brings a number of minor changes to the Windows 8 system that have been designed to improve the user experience, without changing the whole system. It is best to think of this, and subsequent yearly updates, as a refreshing of the current OS.
The update release should be sometime in the fall of this year, likely in late October. Microsoft has stated that there will be no cost to upgrade from Windows 8 to 8.1, however the price to upgrade from older systems has not been publicly announced.
If you have Windows 8, you may be curious as to what the impending update will bring. Here are five that business users will benefit from:
1. An update to Tiles
This will give users better control over the layout and look of their desktop, which is welcome news for those users who like to tinker and customize.
2. A new All Programs menu
The All Programs menu has also been revamped a bit. You will be able to filter programs by name, date added, most used or category. This will make finding your programs far easier.
3. Start button is back
4. Search is being updated
5. Multiple monitor support
The ‘snapping’ of apps and programs will also be updated to be variable, so that you can select how much space each program takes up on your screen. You will also be able to have multiple windows of the same program open at the same time, something which should please users who like to use multiple browser windows. You will be able to have them open side-by side.
When can I get Windows 8.1?
Another reason not to upgrade is that the Preview edition may have bugs and may not be fully compatible with existing systems in your business. What we recommend is that you wait until the official release of 8.1, which should be sometime in late fall.
If you are interested in learning more about Windows 8.1 in your business, please contact us today.
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