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Windows 8.1 Released to Hardware Manufacturers
Windows 8.1 Released to Hardware Manufacturers

By Seth Fitzgerald
August 26, 2013 11:15AM

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Microsoft found there were a significant number of bugs in Windows 8.1 and even began offering a reward to people who found issues. In June, Microsoft announced that people could receive as much as $100,000 for reporting serious bugs in the operating system. The company was primarily worried about potential security vulnerabilities.
 



The new version of the Windows operating system has reportedly been moved out of beta and released to manufacturers, as Microsoft promised, before the end of August.

Although a working and stable version of Windows 8.1 appears to be ready, it does not sound like many people outside of Microsoft will get a chance to check it out before Oct. 18. Some have suggested Microsoft did not mention the manufacturer-ready Windows 8.1 on Friday, when it reportedly was released, due to the news surrounding CEO Steve Ballmer's retirement, which will come in less than a year.

Microsoft reportedly had difficulty getting Windows 8.1 to work correctly because so many changes were being made to the operating system. Some of the core features and code found in Windows 8 have been altered for Windows 8.1, and that resulted in numerous bugs in beta versions of 8.1.

Perfecting the Code

However, Microsoft is ensuring that the quality expectations surrounding Windows 8.1 are similar to the expectations which were found with Windows 7 and 8. Since there were so many complaints about the changes made between Windows 7 and Windows 8, Microsoft has almost had to start from scratch with the latest update.

Microsoft then found there were a significant number of bugs in Windows 8.1 and even began offering a reward to people who found issues. In June, Microsoft announced that people could receive as much as $100,000 for reporting serious bugs in the operating system. Although the company was primarily worried about potential security vulnerabilities, general performance issues were also of concern.

Big Changes

There are many new features, with Microsoft viewing 8.1 almost as a new operating system and not just an update. However, there are some deep-rooted issues such as the lack of a Start menu that will not be completely fixed with Windows 8.1.

Windows 8.1 is offering design changes to the Start screen in order to try and make more users happy with the tile layout. Some of the design enhancements include the ability to set up more colors, tile sizes, and even to use your desktop background as your Start screen background.

Important apps included with the operating system such as Mail and Xbox Music will be upgraded with Windows 8.1. Although the mail application is not bad, many users have opted to use third-party apps to access their e-mail. Xbox Music has consistently been horrible and apparently Microsoft recognized that, as it is receiving much needed upgrades as well.

Finally people will be able to use Windows 8 apps in the snap view, which became popular with Windows 7. Right now, users have to switch between apps instead of viewing them side-by-side, but just like many of the other components of Windows 8, the 8.1 update is providing necessary fixes.
 

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Posted: 2013-10-18 @ 8:43pm PT
Of course, the new edition should have a lot of bugs, and is not compatibile with some existing programs for Windows 7!

But it is worth trying. I think windows 8.1 will have better performance. If you are Windows 8 user, you can get the free upgrade now. If you are Windows 7 user, you can get a free download of Windows 8.1 pro on http://microsoftshare.blogspot.com/2013/10/windows-81-pro-free-download-direct.html



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