Microsoft has globally launched the Windows 8.1, which is an update to its flagship Windows 8 operating system.
Launched at a critical time for the software major as it seeks a new chief, the new update enables users to create experiences at work, at home or on the go.
Earlier, several Windows 8 users claimed that the tiled interface was not apt for some of the works they carry out via their computers.
The new Windows 8.1 boasts an improved and more customisable Start screen, improved search, wide range of apps and services, deep cloud integration with SkyDrive, in addition to a redesigned Windows Store.
However, the new update restores the start button, which on tapping once brings up the tiled interface, while a long press opens up system controls.
The desktop mode offered in the update allows users to completely avoid the tiled interface, while the new gesture control feature allows some applications to be paged through without tapping a screen.
In addition, Windows 8.1 allows changing the size of tile, while also display separate web pages side by side.
Currently available for download via the online Windows Store in 230 markets and 37 languages, the free update will also be offered on new devices and as boxed software globally.
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