Open curtains…Microsoft unveils Windows 8.1 Download PreviewJune 27 - 8am
Announced at the company’s Build 2013 conference, Microsoft has backed up talk that Windows 8.1 would continue the vision of Windows 8, the ill-fated original released last year.
But with a Windows 8.1 Preview now available to download, the software giant will be hoping customer gripes are a thing of the past.
“A couple of weeks ago, Antoine Leblond talked about continuing the Windows 8 vision with Windows 8.1,” wrote Brendon LeBlanc, Windows Blog.
“It continues to push ahead with our bet that the PC industry is going through a shift that is driven by mobility.
“We previously announced that Windows 8.1 will be a free update for Windows 8 consumers later this year through the Windows Store – but today we are providing an opportunity for people to take a first-hand look at many of the new features and improvements with the Windows 8.1 Preview.”
After providing the first public demo of the update, via a four-minute video, earlier this month, industry analysts say Microsoft is hoping Windows 8.1 will become what Windows 8 should have been.
“Some users rejected Windows 8 because of the changes Microsoft made, coupled with a lack of discoverability, help or cues for the new user experience,” claimed analyst group Gartner this week.
But confidence is high in Redmond that the free update can finally put to bed months of Windows 8 bashing in the industry, kickstarting a new era for the operating system.
And given Windows 8 was largely blamed for the decline in PC sales by research firms including IDC, will Microsoft’s gamble finally pay off?
Check out Microsoft’s short preview video below and tell us your thoughts in the comments:
For details on how to download the software, click here
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