Microsoft released Windows 8 with high expectations. However, the cold response to the operating system by the customers made them refine this operating system and launch a completely updated one called Windows 8.1. Customers were reluctant to make a Windows 8 upgrade since the users who already did, found many inconveniences while using the operating system.
One of the inconveniences was the absence of a Start button. Windows customers, for all these years, have been using the Start button extensively to navigate to various applications. Suddenly, they found this function missing and most of the users could not adjust to the new changes.
Even though Windows 8 came with various options like the tile interface, charm bar etc., most users did not find it convenient, mainly due to the difficulties in accessing these features. Many users complained that they found the charm function when they accidentally moved their mouse to the upper right corner. Users were also a bit confused about how to get back to the desktop window from the tile interface. All these confusions and drawbacks of the operating system made the users think twice about a Windows 8 upgrade.
However, Windows 8.1 amends these drawbacks. It is designed in such a way that it answers the customer complains about Windows 8. Now, if you are a Windows 8 user, you can make a Windows 8.1 upgrade free of cost. You may update the operating system with the help of Windows Store.
Now, if you use any other Windows operating systems on your computer like Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, it would require you to pay $119.99 for the normal version of Windows 8.1 and $199.99 for the Professional edition.
Windows 8 users can retain their applications and files with the upgrade. However, if you are a Windows 7 user, you can only take your files and documents to Windows 8.1. You will have to reinstall the applications that you used in Windows 7. Windows XP and Windows Vista users do not even have the options to carry over their files, as they will have to initiate a clean install of the operating system.
With the major changes to the operating system like the return of the Start button, Microsoft hopes to do good business with Windows 8.1. Let us wait for a few more weeks and find out whether the new operating system will help Microsoft generate the expected revenue.