Microsoft aims to simplify with Windows 8.1

The revisions to Windows 8 will be released later this year.

Microsoft is trying to fix what it got wrong with its radical makeover of Windows. It’s making the operating system easier to navigate and enabling users to set up the software so it starts in a more familiar format designed for personal computers.

The revisions to Windows 8 will be released later this year. The free update, called Windows 8.1, represents Microsoft’s concessions to long-time customers taken aback by the dramatic changes to an operating system that had become a staple in schools, offices, and households around the world during the past 20 years. Research group IDC has blamed Windows 8 for accelerating a decline in PC sales.

With the release of Windows 8 seven months ago, Microsoft introduced a startup screen displaying applications in a mosaic of interactive tiles instead of static icons. The shift agitated many users who wanted the option to launch the operating system in a mode that resembled the old setup. That choice will be provided in Windows 8.1.…Read More

Windows 8 targeted for 2012

If you’re just now getting used to Windows 7, check out this good news, says TG Daily. The new iteration of Microsoft’s operating system is on tap for a 2012 launch. The turnaround time is more or less on par with previous Windows upgrades, but this time there’s a lot more to talk about. That’s because Windows 8 won’t just simply be the OS you start finding on new computers down the road, but it’s also poised to invade tablets, specialized next-gen computing products, and other platforms…

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