The replacement of Microsoft to its not-so-successful Windows 8 OS for PCs, tablets, and smartphones is now available for preorders. The Windows 8.1 OS is a sequel to the radical changes and new interface that Microsoft introduced with the Windows 8. The new OS will soon be shipped on October 18 but it is now available through preordering even its more than two weeks before its official release.
For Windows 7 and Windows 8 Users Only, Primarily
According to the company, the to-be released new Windows 8.1 OS update is not designed for those consumers who are currently using old Windows XP and Vista operating systems. Those who can use the update are users who have the Windows 7 and 8 operating systems. Those using the Windows 7 OS will need to buy the update for $120 but those existing Windows 8 users will have the Windows 8.1 update for free. The solution being suggested by the company for those Windows XP and Vista users who want to update their OS is to buy old stocks of Windows 8 OS and avail of the free update for Windows 8.1. The Pro version of the new OS will also be available at $199.
Earlier this 2013, the known PC giant released a preview version of the Windows 8.1 OS. This gave a lot of people a chance to test the upcoming update from the company even before it hits stores globally. It also gave them the opportunity to see the new features included in the new OS including the return of the Start button which a lot of Windows fans have missed. However, this may create a little hassle to those who will install the full version. Those former Windows 7 users who availed the preview will need to reinstall their old operating system then install the final version of the Windows 8.1 OS.
Windows 8.1: Microsoft’s Hope for Grabbing Mobile Device Attention
The opening bid of Microsoft in its late plunge to the mobile device arena is a bit unsuccessful. The Windows 8 OS did not have a significant share of the mobile device OS market. Two tech giants, Apple and Google, are still a tight battle with their iOS and Android platforms. Both platforms share abundant figures when it comes to users and app developers. With the upcoming release of the Windows 8.1 OS, the PC giant is hoping to finally grab a pretty good share of the mobile device limelight. Although the Windows OS is continuously dominating the PC market, it still failed to get a good track at the mobile device race primarily because of the late decision of Microsoft to develop such kinds of products even before Apple and Google established their respective fortifications in the mobile OS wars. The Windows 8.1 OS will also be pre-installed with upcoming Surface tablets from Microsoft scheduled to be shipped also this October.
Will you upgrade your device with the new Windows 8.1 OS?