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Windows 8.1 update to be rolled out on October 17

Just a few months after its Preview version was released, Microsoft is now set to roll out the Windows 8.1 update to devices currently running on Windows 8 starting at 12:00am on October 18th in New Zealand or 8:00pm on October 17th local time.

The update, as we pointed out on one of our previous post, will bring a handful of new features that are missing on the current version of Windows OS, including customizations to further improve the overall user experience.

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Among the more notable improvements on Windows 8.1 include the return of the Start button on Desktop Mode and the ability to display up to 4 apps at once for better multitasking experience. Below is a short video demo that showcases some of the enhancements that this new build brings to the OS.


This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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22 Responses

  1. thecorrescode says:

    Is Microsoft still relevant?

    • bern says:

      saan ka naman gagawa o mag de-develop ng Android applications? sa mac?

    • thecorrescode says:

      well, mac is better than windows… and there is also an OS called Ubuntu…

    • PhSMASH says:

      you can create android apps using linux, take note that android is linux too

    • "more-on" says:

      Haha, fuck you Henry Yap. I knew you all the time, you fucking Ubuntard. People like you who hate Microsoft without a concrete reason is always bound to make such non-sense, epic troll-level comment like yours. Go home and leave us alone!

  2. wha says:

    being a newbie to Win8, i am excited for this one. .

  3. edwaine says:

    Its good to know that they (almost admitted on their wrong doings in the release of Windows 8 eg. the removal of the start button) did something right with the OS. The return of the start button will bring back the consumers trust in this platform.

    • thecorrescode says:

      As you mentioned it is just a start button, and not a menu…

    • Carl Gustav M4 says:

      The removal of the start button isn’t really the mistake here: it’s the removal of start menu that caused a big the mistake for Windows 8. The start button won’t bring back customer’s trust that much because it’s merely a button guiding the user to the start screen. The start menu that we used to use will never make a return because Microsoft believes that moving forward to a touch-oriented UI is the best decision for them.

      And please let me tell you that the success of Windows 8.1 largely depends on the computer manufacturers and how will they leverage Windows 8.1’s features into their products.

      I love Windows 8 and I hope that start menu will never return. I’m fine with the return of the start button though.

    • Carl Gustav M4 says:

      correction to my last comment:
      *a big mistake

    • chubibo says:

      the learning curve for windows 8 is almost flat once you get over the loss of the start menu. the start button in 8.1 just brings you to the metro interface. no big deal. and i have not used it at all. i still use the windows key on my keyboard (i have 8.1 installed on a desktop that has no touch interface, thus the mouse and keyboard). still, am happy with the small adjustments miscrosoft made, providing a more customizable user experience. it is quick and easy to use.

    • edwaine says:

      Well the this, if you are still getting a hang over on the start menu, then you can use any 3rd party application to bring it back. But the thing is, it’s not all about start button or menu, its about the new features it gave us. also the good thing here is, its cloud centered. You can manage almost all your mail on the mail. You can now access facebook and twitter using the people app, and etc…

    • edwaine says:

      I mean you can manage almost all your emails on the mail app.

      (To correct my early post. hehe)

  4. Name: t says:

    Windows 8 is nice and fast. It’s just that you need to get used to the new layout and new locations of options and menus to appreciate it.

  5. Mr. Curious says:

    I’m waiting for abuzalzal’s comment about this. hahahaha

  6. silent b0bjay says:

    zomg! san na si brader abuzalzal. puff and pass.

  7. greg says:

    Great news!

  8. james p. says:

    windows 8 is great, just want it more to be favorable offline… i mean people cant always depend online… i also hope that users can have something more also to show even offline…

    most apps, needs to be connected online.
    office, needs to be connected for better templates.

    as a student i need something all packed up, and apps even the o.s. to only need frequent connection…
    for me, being online is a distraction…

  9. donzzy says:

    I just wish MS did not ditch the Aero features on the Themes section. Anyhow, I’m still grateful for the speedy boot-up and shutdown time, Windows apps, etc.

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