Windows OS Versions
There is a rumor that Windows 8.1 operating system is no improvement over the Windows 8 operating system. The answer is Yes and No depending on how you see it. If you undergo Windows 8 upgrade to Windows 8.1 hoping Microsoft will take a U-turn and get done with the new age Metro style interface, you are bound to be disappointed.
The infamous Metro style Start screen, which has tiles in place of menus, is still present in Windows 8.1 operating system. However, Windows 8.1 operating system is a significant improvement over Windows 8, which favors only touch screen users. The user interface of Windows 8.1 is less complex and at least tries to appease users who have been fed up with the Windows 8 operating system.
The best part, there is no compromise in stability and the operating system is available for free upgrade if you are using Windows 8 operating system. With Windows 8.x mainstream support ending next year, Microsoft is sending updates after updates in order to make changes to the user interface to the likes of its users. Windows 8.1 update 2 was released last month and brings many changes to improving the functionality of the operating system.
If you are running Windows XP or Windows 7 operating system, you will have to shell out somewhere around $119.99 for the Windows 8.1 Home version and $199.99 for the Windows 8.1 Pro version. However, prices are bound to vary as the IT giant itself has suggested.
Windows 8.1 Upgrade
If you are running Windows 8 operating system, you will be able to download Windows 8.1 operating system from the Microsoft.com website. They are also available as DVD packages at retail stores with higher premiums.
From user recommendations, it is certain that Windows 8.1 operating system is worth the Windows 8 upgrade. However, if you can afford to wait for some time, you can try out the Windows 10 operating system. Although Microsoft remains tight-lipped about the features, certain “reveals” have spiked the users’ interest in this operating system. In case you are wondering, yes, Windows 10 will have a Start menu.
When comparing different operating systems in terms of popularity or strictly in terms of numbers alone, Windows 8.x operating system has failed to entice users. Maybe the next operating system might change the outlook of Windows users who have been disappointed by the attempts from the part of Microsoft. Only time will tell what is in store for the future.
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