Microsoft has released Windows 8.1, its new OS upgrade from Windows 8. Microsoft had introduced many new features in Windows 8, but had to face harsh criticism from users without a touch interface. The new upgrade is intended to satisfy the ordinary desktop users, but it also does contain a slick of new features. Some of the new features include
- The Start button is back!
- Super smart search – search for apps, files, text, wiki, map, weather ….. it is super-smart
- No limit to the number of tabs which can be opened in IE 10 (compare to 10 in Windows 8)
- Multi-tasking, now possible even in “Metro/Modern UI” mode
- New size options for Start screen, can now even share desktop and Start screen
- Boot straight to desktop mode
- Auto-update for apps
The new OS actually takes less space than the old one. And with a boot time of around 30 secs, this desktop actually boots faster than most smartphones!
At a retail (download) price of around Rs. 8000, there may not be enough takers in India – but since many branded PC/laptops come with Windows 8 pre-installed, and upgrade from 8 to 8.1 is free, this may be worth trying out.