MICROSOFT have come to the aid of their customers by releasing a new update to counter the issues raised with Windows 8.
Windows 8.1 was unveiled today to users who can download the newsystem from the Windows store.
The new update looks to improve Windows 8 that was released last year which many found difficult to adapt to from previous versions.
After listening to customers issues about the system, Windows 8.1 offers a range of improvements to combat problems many struggled with when using Windows 8.
One notable change is the return of the traditional Windows Start Menu to the Windows 8.1 mainframe.
Users can now choose to use a ‘desktop mode’ that avoids using the tile interface which replaced the Start Menu on Windows 8.
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We listened to your feedback and are delivering many of the improvements you asked for.
Brandon LeBlanc, of Microsoft
Windows 8.1 now has a more “deep and improved cloud integration” with its online storage service SkyDrive.
Microsoft have introduced SkyDrive smart files that users can manage and access at anytime online or offline.
The new Windows system also offers more efficient web browsing, easier keyboard shortcuts and improved multi-tasking.
Updated multi-tasking allows users to view up to four apps at a time.
Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc wrote on the company blog: “Windows 8.1 demonstrates our commitment to continuously improving the product to create a richer customer experience.
“Windows 8.1 brings a variety of new features and improvements to Windows 8 that we think people will really enjoy. We listened to your feedback and are delivering many of the improvements you asked for.”
Despite Microsoft selling over 100 million copies of Windows 8, company sales began to dip in July.
The computer giant swiftly moved in to buy phone maker Nokia to combat their deficitit.
And now the organisation is preparing to launch a new version of its Xbox games console – the Xbox One.
Microsoft has announced that all PCs sold after October 17 will come with Windows 8.1 pre-installed.
The Windows 8.1 update is free for those already using Windows 8 and can be easily downloaded, however those with older editions could pay up to £200 for the upgrade.