(The Hosting News) – Microsoft on Thursday unveiled its highly anticipated update to Windows in the form of Windows 8.1 – a release available through that Windows Store that reintroduces the start button.
Existing Windows 8 users can receive 8.1 as a free download while 8.1 is also expected to be carried in retail stores as a boxed release.
In addition to the start button, the update features a wide range of updates such as more personalization options, what Microsoft describes as easier navigation, enhanced search features and more.
“Windows 8.1 evolves the Windows vision for highly personalized computing while showcasing Microsoft’s continued commitment to rapid and responsive development. It marks a wave of new, innovative devices coming for consumers and businesses — from the convenience and mobility of tablets and 2-in-1s to the productive experience expected from laptops, all-in-ones and specialized industry devices. Many of these new devices are touch-enabled and will deliver advancements in processing power, battery life and design, across a range of price points,” stated Microsoft via a press release.
Meanwhile, with 8.1, Microsoft has also provided more cloud integration via SkyDrive – a move that allows Windows users to access files via device syncing.
Microsoft originally detailed plans to release Windows 8.1 back in June during its Structure conference – a move made after the company admitted to considering feedback after Window 8’s original launch the preceding October.
The OS has received mixed reviews and some confusion regarding how to use its touch-centric interface. Hopefully 8.1 will correct that.