From presentation of Windows 8 to version 8.1 upgrade, it was necessary to wait a whole year. The first major upgrade for Windows 8.1 came in just four months. Next update is supposedly coming in August, sources say.
So there are more rumors about the next update to Windows. You know the one that is getting called Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Update 1 or even Windows 8.1 Service Pack 1. Oh yeah and it is also the one that Microsoft will not even admit to working on. Well it seems that the latest one brings us back to the debate about the ModernUI and the start screen.
LG will at this year's CES introduce three new products with Windows 8.1. The manufacturer states that all three computers are upgraded compared to earlier versions, so they will be faster and lighter.
If you have been on the internet then you have heard about the possibility of Microsoft releasing a new “fix” to Windows in the form of Window 8.2 This new release is supposed to be an extension of their work to revamp Windows 8 into something that consumers will actually want. Now, most people will acknowledge that Microsoft needs to make a large number of changes to Windows 8 to make it more palatable (and usable), but are they really working on an 8.2 release when they just pushed out 8.1?
Over the weekend all of the talk was about the issue with Microsoft pulling the Windows 8.1 RT update from their store. This update has been heralded as the “fix” for what ails Microsoft’s latest OS including the return of the start button (but not the start menu). However as the few people that own a Surface RT began the download there was a number of them that ended up with a broken tablet before the upgrade could complete. Microsoft, to their credit, reacted quickly and pulled the update from the store and within hours someone had provided a fix for people who had bricked their device.
Toshiba launched their 8-inch tablet named Encore which comes with "full" version of Windows 8 at IFA. The tablet will come preinstalled with Windows 8.1, and will be on sale in the last quarter of this year.
After nVidia launched their own gaming product (SHIELD) rumors that nVidia will be making their own branded tablet started popping up. Most of these were centered on some very interesting improvements in the graphical power of their SoCs. For more than a few years the industry wondered why nVidia was not the hands down leader in the tablet graphics market. There was no direct competition from AMD and most of the other companies in the game did not have the same level of experience that nVidia had. Somehow their products, though good, were not the game leaders that nVidia and others felt they should be. Of course all of that is changing as nVidia showed us with Project Logon.
Last week it was announced that Microsoft has plans to lower the prices of their tablet Surface RT. Information have now become official, and tablet in the cheapest version now costs $150 less than before.
Number of applications available for Windows 8 has exceeded 100,000, they proudly annouced from Microsoft. To achieve this it took them a little bit more than seven months since the launch of the new Windows.
At the Windows Build conference Microsoft is all about pushing Window 8.1. This is the new release of Windows that Microsoft hope will capture the consumer imagination enough to finally bring sales back up. The question is (and always has been) has Microsoft really made any significant changes to the OS in areas that matter? We are talking about an OS that is just now (after almost a year) pushing past Windows Vista. Vista was almost as hated as the failed Windows ME which was another of Microsoft’s attempts to change the way they did things. Can Windows 8.1 really impact consumer perception of the OS? Sure there are some things to like, but it is unlikely that these changes will have a major impact.