About The Windows 8 Update
The number of Windows OS users downloading Windows 8 was small enough that Microsoft was forced to make some changes to their new OS and market it as a different OS, Windows 8.1, instead of releasing it as a Windows 8 Service Pack update. This was a smart move from Microsoft, to put some distance between the failed Windows 8 OS and the new Windows 8.1 edition.
So, what are the changes they made in Windows 8.1?
Soon after the release of the Windows 8 OS, Microsoft started receiving complaints about the absence of the Start Menu, complicated OS options, the less user-friendly desktop mode, etc. Instead of releasing some fixes to take care of these problems, Microsoft decided to revamp the Windows 8 OS and release it as Windows 8.1.
Realising that many Windows 8 users were downloading Windows 8 third party apps to add the Windows 7-style Start Menu to their OS, Microsoft has brought back the Start Button in Windows 8.1. The Windows 8.1 OS will be marketed as a new version of the Windows 8 OS. But, current Windows 8 users can upgrade to the new OS for free.
The Start Button will make it easier for you to reach the power options like Restart, Shut Down, etc, in less than the three or four steps requires with the original Windows 8 OS. The Start Button is by all means the full-fledged Windows Start Menu you used in Windows 7, Windows XP, etc. Instead, the Start Button in Windows 8.1 will take you to the Start Screen, which is more of a full screen Metro UI version of the original Start Menu, more suited to the touch screen operating system.
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Microsoft has also made some improvements to the Desktop UI mode in Windows 8.1. Those users who want to skip the Metro UI and use only the Desktop mode in Windows 8, can now do so. There is an option for directly booting to the Desktop mode in Windows 8.1.
Also, Microsoft has added the 3D printing support in the new Windows 8.1 OS. This feature was absent in the original Windows 8 OS. They have also added many more features to the SkyDrive cloud service in Windows 8.1. These are just some of the differences between these two operating systems.
You can easily find many tech articles online that will give you a detailed list of all the difference between the Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems.
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