The Windows 8.1 public beta test is scheduled for June 26h, and Microsoft confirmed this upgrade will be free. It seems so soon after the original “8” came out. However, it was obvious to many home and business users that it could stand some room for improvement.
After all, the first 8 became available to the public only after a couple of years after the release of Windows 7. Thus, the beta 8.1 otherwise known as “Blue” launch date is rapidly approaching.
A Big Day for Microsoft
June 26th, 2013 happens to be the same day of the Build developer conference. A public review of the 8.1 operating system will be given on this day. Then, if all goes well, the full version of this new OS will will be released in early full (most likely in August). The anticipation of this day is more than likely exciting for consumers as well as nerve-racking for developers.
What 8.1 Means for Current Windows Users
From Beta 8.1 to the completion of the final product to be released in fall, this operating system upgrade seems to be under great scrutiny. The testing will show how well it will perform for people who currently use Windows RT (8 made for tablets) and regular Windows 8 for PC.
Availability For New Windows Users
The full Windows 8.1 OS will cost about $200 while the upgrade will cost $120. Microsoft confirms that 8.1 will be available in the Windows store, but it is still uncertain whether or not it will be available in any other form other than a digital download.
How The New Windows Fits The Current Touch Technology Trend
It seems as if Windows 8 and the new 8.1 upgrade came out just in time. This OS seems to fit in very well with the current touch technology trend that has hit tablets, smart phones, and home theater computers. This new operating generation helps people take advantage of the best of both worlds—the touch screen apps as well as the traditional Windows computing.
It in many ways resembles the app screens of an iOS or Android-powered tablet or phone. Yet, it has the full function of a laptop or desktop computer. The development of the Windows 8 operating system has helped Microsoft compete more in a mobile world.
Advantages and Disadvantages
The set-up of the app system on the newer Windows 8 computers makes it convenient to reach various sections of the Control Panel, Device Manager, Disk Drive Optimizer, and more. Users can customize the appearance of the App and Start screens, and the charms menu also makes it very easy for users to find what they need.
The one major disadvantage is the fact that many people are still using non-touch computers. Therefore, Windows 8 does not work as well on them—although it could work to an extent. This OS as well as the new 8.1. upgrade work well with swiping and tapping of a finger or the clicking and dragging action of a mouse. Still, the 8 and above works the best on touchscreen PCs.
Guest Author: Amit Mehta is a technology junky and the owner of Boost Software. He enjoys blogging about topics in technology and occasionally guest posts on popular blogs about some of the most recent tech gadgets, screen freezes, and other slow computer issues.