Windows 8.1

Windows 8 Start Screen

On October 18, 2013 Microsoft released their latest operating system Windows 8.1. It is definitely an improvement from Windows 8. They brought back the Start Button. However don’t expect it to function like the Start Button in Windows 7. The Start Button in Windows 8.1 brings up the Start Menu from Windows 8. I like the addition of the Start Button because it bring back familiarity. Microsoft also made it easier to access your applications from the start menu. All the user has to do is click a down arrow on the Start Menu. In order to download Windows 8.1 for free the user must have Windows 8 installed.


Start Menu Returns on Windows


Windows 8

Microsoft is going to release an update to their current operating system this summer.  It is exciting because a lot of individuals have not been happy with Windows 8.  However this update doesn’t look as promising as it could have been.  This update is going to bring the start button back; it is also going to allow the user to boot into the desktop when they turn there computer on.  These are the most noticeable updates that Windows Blue will include.

Why doesn’t Windows Blue look that promising?

Windows Blue doesn’t look that promising because the start button doesn’t bring up the original start menu.  Instead it just allows the user to enter the application screen.  I don’t want two different interfaces on my computer at the same time.  Windows should use the application interface for their tablets and the desktop interface for their desktops and their laptops.  It confuses the consumer and it is not integrated well.

Will I be updating to Windows Blue when it comes out this summer?

Yes, I will be updating to Windows Blue when it is released this summer.  Some of the features are a step in the right direction.  I am glad that Microsoft is allowing the user to boot right up to the desktop.  Another feature that I am looking forward to is the ability to snap three applications together all in the same window.  If you are a Windows 8 user you should definitely update to Windows Blue when it is released.  Just don’t expect anything revolutionary in Windows Blue.

Source: Microsoft outs the new features in Windows 8.1: Here’s what you need to know