Microsoft made it official on May 30th, 2013 that the next release of Windows will be a continuous of Windows 8. Windows 8.1 will be a new revision version of the current Windows 8. All existing Windows 8 users will be able to get Windows 8.1 update for free. Last week’s announcement has got mixed reactions from enthusiastic Windows fans and early adopters. While the free update is welcome, the lack of “detailed actions” to see what exactly they meant on the new Windows 8.1 is a bummer. However, this is about to change, Microsoft just released a new video on highlight some of the new features will be introduced in Windows 8.1.
First Look at Windows 8.1
To recap, here are a few noticeable and very welcomed features and enhancements:
- Cloud-powered photo frame on Lock Screen.
- Large tile that doubles the size of the previous rectangular tile, and Small tile that is half the size of the previous smaller square tile.
- Apps screen is just a swipe away. Swiping up on the Start Screen brings up the Apps screen right away. More sorting options too.
- Multiple select apps to easily organize the apps on the start screen.
- More personalization options.
- Unified Search feature. No more searches in 3 different categories. Everything listed as you type in one single place.
- Powerful multi-task features, including half size side-by-side 2 apps on one screen, up to 4 apps show at the same time on a large screen.
Windows 8.1 is Another Step To The Right Direction
You might think Windows 8.1 is just another minor update to the existing version, true in a way, but many little steps will eventually make a giant leap. It reminds me much like how Windows Phone 7 was first introduced then later comes with Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8 / 7.8. Microsoft is taking user’s feedback to its heart. Many issues users are complaining about how hard to use Windows 8 are gradually getting fixed. They started by adding the missing “Start Menu” back, along with many other changes.
We still don’t know exactly how Windows 8.1 will be like, but the date to try out Windows 8.1 is approaching fast! On June 26th Microsoft will release its first preview of Windows 8.1 to general public. It’s only less than a month till you actually get your hands on to try out the new version. Stay turned we will have more goodies on the new Windows 8.1.
Surface RT with Free Type or Touch Cover
If you haven’t tried Windows 8, or doesn’t have a dedicated device to get the most of Windows 8’s touch experience. Then it’s just the right time now to buy a new Surface RT. For a limited time Microsoft is selling Surface RT with Free Type or Touch Cover. Essentially you are saving the extra $100-129 dollar on buy the extra cover, the sale ends June 30th.
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