Microsoft rolls out Windows 8.1 operating system update

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New Delhi: Microsoft Corp. today announced the global availability of Windows 8.1, a feature-rich update to its popular Windows 8 operating system, enabling customers to create experiences that keep pace with their lives – at work, at home or on the go.

Beginning today, consumers with a Windows 8 device can download the free update via the online Windows Store. Over the next few weeks and months, Windows 8.1 will also be available on new devices at retail locations.

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 and all-in-ones. 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.

Speaking about the launch of Windows 8.1, Amrish Goyal, GM – Windows Business Group, Microsoft India said, “Windows 8.1 comes within a year of Windows 8, reiterating the fact that Microsoft is constantly listening, learning and evolving to enhance user experience. Windows 8.1 builds on our vision for mobility and touch-firs, bringing together everything you do across all devices whether at home, at work or on the go”.

Windows 8.1 offers a host of increased customization refinements, functional improvements and new innovation including:

  • Highly personal – An improved and more customizable Start screen with variable tile sizes, more background designs and colours so that each Windows device will look completely unique and personal to the individual.
  • More familiar and easy to navigate – As an iconic part of the Windows experience, Windows 8.1 brings back the Start button as a familiar point of navigation.
  • Enhanced Search – The new Bing Smart Search provides the easiest way to find anything on the device or on the Web in one beautiful and easy consolidated view.
  • Deep cloud integration with SkyDrive – making it easier than ever to work from anywhere and know that your files are always accessible across devices and locations.
  • A beautifully redesigned Store – The new design of the Windows Store improves how great apps are showcased and makes it easier to get the apps you want.

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