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Microsoft updates Windows 8, brings back Start button

Microsoft updates Windows 8, brings back Start button
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Microsoft has finally confirmed what’s next in line for Windows 8, with the announcement of an update for the OS.

The update, code-named “Windows Blue,” brings about rumors that the company plans to release its beta build as early as next month.

Tami Reller, chief marketing officer and chief financial officer of the Windows division, notes that “though Windows 8 sold more than 100 million licenses since its release last October, feedback indicates that users had difficult learning curves in its usage.” Reller further discusses that a lack of its well-known Start button is at the root of the problem.


Microsoft developers state that it is not a whole new OS but merely an update that they themselves call “Windows 8.1.” But it will feature a number of key changes.

One change is its silent approach to updating installed applications (which it will seamlessly transition into if need be). It will not affect unit performance. Windows Blue also aims to have better compatibility with tablets of the smaller range (seven or eight inches) in which Microsoft is having trouble competing against juggernauts like the iOS- and Android-powered models that are already well-entrenched in the industry.

More details on Windows Blue are expected to surface in the coming weeks.

Words Julius Tabios


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