Windows 8.1 released October 18

From October 18, Microsoft will begin rolling out the free Windows 8.1 update for PCs and tablets running the Windows 8 operating system.
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Windows 8 controversially replaced the Windows desktop’s Start button with a modern touch friendly user interface, including the traditional desktop as an application.

The Windows 8.1 update reinstates the Start button on the desktop as well as new applications and functionality.

There’s much tighter integration with Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud service, which comes free with a Microsoft account such as Outlook, which enables better file synchronisation across multiple Windows devices including Windows Phone 7 and 8.

The rollout for existing Windows 8 computer owners will occur through the Windows 8 application store.

From that date the updated version of the operating system will also be pre-installed on all new Windows computers sold by Microsoft’s technology partners such as Dell and Hewlett-Packard, as well on Microsoft’s own range of Surface tablets.

Microsoft Apps and Services General Manager Ryan Gavin described Windows 8.1 as “quite an evolution” and “the start of a fresh perspective” as he detailed Windows 8.1’s expanding base of consumer applications and services.

“Bing, Skype, Internet Explorer, SkyDrive, Outlook南京夜网, Xbox Music, Video, and Games are just a few of the experiences that are now part of your new Windows device. Each service itself is compelling, and the magic really happens when they smoothly flow together to create one experience,” Gavin said.

“SkyDrive is a great example of our new approach. As many have had a chance to take an early look at the 8.1 preview they are really struck by the ‘secret sauce’ behind SkyDrive’s integration into Windows – fundamentally changing the game when it comes to offline access to all your files in the cloud.”

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said Windows 8.1 would offer users “a unified experience across all aspects of their life”.

Gavin said Microsoft would soon share more about the new connected experience that comes with Windows 8.1.

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