Microsoft announced that the Window 8.1 is available globally. The software is feature-rich and a major update of the Windows 8.0 Operating System.
Consumers with a Windows 8 device in any place in the world can download the free update through the online Windows Store.Windows 8.1 will also be available on new devices and as boxed software starting Oct. 18 at retail locations around the world.
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.
“With Windows 8, we introduced an era of highly mobile, touch-enabled, and always-connected computing,” said Kenya Country Manager, Kunle Awosika.
Windows 8.1 offers increased customization refinements and functional improvements, including
- Highly personal, Which is an improved and more customizable Start screen offers variable tile sizes, more background designs and colors so each Windows device looks unique and personal to the individual. In addition, customers can choose how to start their Windows experience while all their Windows devices stay in sync with their Microsoft account.
- More familiar and easy to navigate, 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 what’s needed on the device or on the Web in one beautiful and easy consolidated view that’s built for touch.
- Windows 8.1 comes with the new Internet Explorer 11, which brings enhanced touch performance, speed boosts, and synchronized browsing history, favorites and settings across all Windows 8.1 devices.
Windows 8.1 also provides native support for 3-D printing, meaning it will have plug-and-play support for 3-D printers, enable apps to print 3-D jobs and understand 3-D file formats.
Customers can go to http://www.windows.com/shop to learn about the wide variety of new Windows devices available now and throughout the holiday season to find the one that best fits their needs and budgets.