Microsoft has announced the global availability of Windows 8.1,a feature-rich update to its popular Windows 8 operating system, enabling customers to create experiences that keep pace with their lives—at work, at home or on the go.
Windows 8.1 became available on new devices and as boxed software starting October 18, 2013, at retail locations around the world.
Windows 8.1 evolves the Windows vision for highly personalised computing while showcasing Microsoft’s continued commitment to rapid and responsive development.
It marks a wave of new, innovative devices coming for consumers and businesses—from the convenience and mobility of tablets and 2-in-1, to the productive experience expected from laptops, all-in-one and specialised industry devices.
Many of the new devices are touch-enabled and will deliver advancements in processing power, battery life and design, across a range of price points.
Acting Country Manager, Microsoft Nigeria, Awawu Olumide-Sojinrin, said: “With Windows 8, we introduced an era of highly mobile, touch-enabled, and always-connected computing."
“Windows 8.1 evolves this vision and brings together everything people do across all their devices whether at home, at work or on the go. Windows is delivering the most personal computing experience out there, making your device a unique extension of you and offering more ways to create an experience that is personal, expressive and keeps pace with your life.”
Windows 8.1 offers a host of increased customisation refinements and functional improvements, such enhanced search and customisable start.
according to the software company, an improved and more customisable start screen, offers variable tile sizes, more background designs and colours so each Windows device looks unique and personal to the individual.
" In addition, customers can choose how to start their Windows experience — at the start screen or directly in the familiar Windows desktop–while all their Windows devices stay in sync with their Microsoft account," Olumide-Sojinrin, said.
The new Bing Smart Search provides the easiest way to find what’s needed on the device or on the Web in one beautiful and easy consolidated view that is built for touch. Simply swipe or type from the Start screen and Smart Search will find it– whether it’s a document on a PC, a photo album on SkyDrive, a favorite app, a song from Xbox Music, or a website, Olumide-Sojinrin, said.
According to her, Windows 8.1 includes the display and use of up to four apps side by side, flexible windows sizing for each app on the screen, the ability for one app to launch another app, and improved multi-monitor support so users can view the desktop or apps from the Windows Store on any or all monitors.
She added that Windows 8.1 makes it easier than ever to work from anywhere and know that files are always accessible— across devices and locations.