The software giant Microsoft released a crucial update to the Windows 8 operating system. Dubbed as Windows 8.1, the update is designed as a standalone operating system although it comes as a free update to the existing Windows 8 users. Reports indicate that the update would address a number of Windows 8 flaws including the missing Start button.
Windows 8.1 to return Start button
When Microsoft released Windows 8 in October 2012, many users hoped that they would get a smooth computing experience in the new operating system. But this was in vain when they had their first try of Windows 8. The operating system soon received much criticism for the lack of many traditional Windows features and downloading Windows 8 soon came to a halt. The operating system failed to attract the mainstream Windows users, who mostly use desktops and laptops. The operating system could attract only a few users on mobile devices and smartphones.
Reports suggest that the strong dislike of people for Windows 8 is what that forced Microsoft to come up with the crucial update dubbed Windows 8.1. The update has returned the Start button and has added a number of new features. Techies who tried Windows 8.1 say that the update was satisfactory though not that exciting.
Windows 8.1 – an operating system designed for both computers and smartphones
Microsoft claimed that Windows 8.1 is the only operating system in the world that could offer finest computing experience both on
PCs and smartphones. The operating system has an attractive user interface which enables users to navigate through the programs and applications at ease. The company admits that it considered the concerns of millions of its users across the world when it programmed the new update. Brandon LeBlanc, manager of senior marketing communication at Microsoft was quoted as saying “Windows 8.1 brings a variety of new features and improvements to Windows 8 that we think people will really enjoy. We listened to your feedback and are delivering many of the improvements you asked for”.
Despite its constant efforts to make its presence felt in the tech market, Windows market share seems to be growing smaller than expected. Though one year has passed since the Windows 8 release, it could not still make even 20 percent of the total Windows market share. Windows 7 and XP still dominate the Windows Market Share. Microsoft marketing department has its work cut out convincing the users about the benefits of downloading Windows 8.