Windows 8.1: Was It A Flop?

Windows 8 was released to manufacturers on October 26, 2012 by Microsoft as an attempt to change how people use computers. They achieved this using a new user interface called “Metro.”

In Windows 8, users could install programs through their proprietary “app store.” Microsoft also unveiled “Onedrive;” a service that gives the user 15 gigabytes of free online storage. The operating system was not without its flaws, and so consumers pushed for Windows 8.1. The update lowered the system requirements for the operating system so that lower end computers could run it smoothly. Thanks to the update, users can now 3-D print, use wi-fi direct, use miracast technology, and use monitors that support NVme.

To a surprise Windows 8 and its successor 8.1  did not last very long compared to other Windows versions, except Windows Vista which also lasted three years. Windows 10 is set to be released in late 2015. The operating system boots directly to the desktop on laptops and home computers. Although if run on a tablet, it will boot to the current “live tiles” home screen. On the desktop is a button people missed on Windows 8; the “start” button. Windows 10 adds virtual desktops – a feature that’s been around on Linux and Mac OSX for a long time. Virtual desktops allow users to watch a video in one desktop and type an article on another desktop. Windows Vista was considered a fail by Microsoft at the time and based on the life span on Windows 8.

It must be a fail as well.

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