The Button is Back Windows 8.1 Release

Windows 8-1Announced at its annual developers conference in San Francisco, Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer confirmed that not only was the new release of it operating system Windows 8.1 available to download (in test version) but that the start button has been reinstated after it’s controversial removal in the release in October of last year.

News that they had brought back the ‘start button’ and that efforts had been made to  ‘refined the blend of our desktop experience and our modern app experience’ was received with cheering from the audience.

Windows 8.1 includes a improved ‘search’ function, the latest Windows 11 Browser, the ability to personalisation options for tiles including colours and fonts and for the first time, it will be possible to open two windows simultaneously in the new-look Windows 8.1 interface.

Steve Ballmer also promised that Microsoft would continue tweaking it’s Windows 8 versions  of the software to improve user-ability, with plans to update Windows 8 periodically, rather than waiting three years or so between big releases.

You’ll also be able to uninstall the preview when it’s finally time to upgrade to the final version of Windows 8.1. Keep in mind that in order to install the Windows 8.1 preview, you must already be running Windows 8.
A word of warning: Windows 8 is still a work in progress and perhaps installing on a secondary device would be prudent … but that’s probably just the developer in me talking. Have fun and don’t forget to feedback your experiences.

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