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Windows 8.1 release date arrives in UK, USA

Microsoft after much criticism arising, concerning certain failures of the Windows 8 operating system has decided to release an update to their operating system called Windows 8.1. The update will attempt to stave off and address some of the criticism that has been directed at their operating system. Indeed, many people were frustrated with not being able to use the tiled interface as efficiently as previous editions of Windows. Many users have become accustomed to the traditional desktop operating system and consequently found the tile interface to be frustrating. So what does the new Windows 8.1 update include?

The first thing that Microsoft has changed is the use of the ‘start’ button, tapping once will let the user bring up the tiled interface, whereas a long press will allow the user to open the system control more effectively. Secondly, Windows 8.1 will come with a desktop mode that will let the user bypass completely the tiled interface. This is a shrewd compromise by Microsoft because it allows the company to both appeal to traditional Windows user and simultaneously improve a user’s experiences regarding the tile interface that may already enjoy.

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Another interesting update concerns keyboard shortcuts. The Windows 8.1 will allow the user to apply keyboard shortcuts and therefore remove the need to constantly toggle between different on-screen keyboards when one is typing numbers and letters. Furthermore, the tile sizing on the screen has evolved and the blocks will now come in four different sizes to arrange at the users pleasure. Interestingly, Windows 8.1 will now display separate web pages side by side while the user is web browsing. This will allow the user to look upon multiple items on the screen without having to click or touch each individual web page.

Microsoft are trying to strike a balance in the market between the new and very popular devices such as the touchscreen tablets and the old traditional devices of the desktop PC’s and laptop’s amid falling demand in the market for these products. The combination of the touchscreen technology with the Windows operating system is an attempt to drive up sales and stay ahead of the technological trend so as to make a version of a desktop PC still a viable option of purchase in this radically changing and competitive market.

Did you prefer Microsoft older operating systems? Do you think the new update will improve the Windows 8 operating system?

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Written by Daniel Harvey

Daniel is a recent graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University where he completed a B.A in English Literature in 2012 and an MA in English Literature in 2013. He has a passion for technology ranging from the latest updates in gaming, laptops, tablets or anything else that grabs his attention. He is looking to branch out into the new field of technology which is an area of the market that is always fun and innovative.

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