Windows 8.1 is here and no, Microsoft has not removed the modern UI. So to make the best of the situation, we decided to update our best Windows 8 apps story by adding over 20 new app recommendations! We've got game suggestions, picks for best RSS reader, and more.
Jelly Bean rises to prominence as KitKat comes into view
Few Android users like to acknowledge that dirty little "F" word that's followed Android almost since the beginning. We're talking about "fragmentation," or the fact that Android devices far and wide run a variety of versions of Android. Fragmentation still exists in the Android ecosystem, but it's not nearly as bad as it once was. In fact, over half of all Android devices are now running Jelly Bean.
Windows XP is still the second most popular OS in the world
Microsoft plans to finally cut off support for Windows XP in April 2014. There are no more reprieves in sight, nor are there likely to be any for an operating system that was made available to the general public around this time 12 years ago. That's an absolute eternity in technology years, but Windows XP remains such a well liked OS that it's still holding its own as the second most installed OS in the world.
Try Windows 8.1 for 90 days and you may find you actually like it (or not)
It takes some time to get used to the new interface introduced in Windows 8. After all, it represents the most drastic change to Windows since XP and there's an obvious bias towards touch computing. However, underneath the surface are some nice security and performance tweaks, and with the launch of Windows 8.1, it's an even better experience than before. Is it for you? If you'd like to find out without investing your hard earned money, just give it an extended test drive.
If you already own a copy of Windows 8, this is the day you may have been waiting for. Effective immediately, Microsoft's Windows 8.1 update is available to download and install for free, provided you already own a copy of Windows 8 (you should see a notification in the Windows Store). If not, you can pre-order the full version of Windows 8.1 for $120 from the Microsoft Store, which will begin shipping out tomorrow.
We missed this one when it was first announced, but in case you're wondering, Microsoft has stated that it plans to support Windows 8.1 up until January 10, 2023. Mainstream support will cease a little sooner, expiring on January 9, 2018, after which time the "Extended Support" phase kicks in. What's the difference between Mainstream Support and Extended Support? Here's what you need to know.
Don't worry Windows 8 users, the update is still free
Anyone rocking a legal copy of Windows 8 is eligible to receive an update to Windows 8.1 free of charge when it's made available on October 17, 2013 (two weeks from this Thursday), though if you haven't made the leap to Microsoft's touch friendly operating system, you can jump straight to Windows 8.1 for $120. That's the cost of the full version of Windows 8.1, and it's now available to pre-order.
Now that another month is in the books, we have yet another opportunity to gauge Windows 8's ability to penetrate the market and make some predictions. One of those predictions is that despite Microsoft's best efforts to the contrary, Windows 7 could become the next Windows XP, meaning the last generation operating system could become one that users cling to for years to come.
Microsoft promised to deliver its highly anticipated Windows 8.1 update to Windows 8 users free of charge, and that's still true. Starting October 18th, Windows 8.1 will be a free update from the Windows Store.
Microsoft is planning to cut off support for Windows XP in April 2014, just a few months shy of the legacy operating system's 13th birthday. Many computers have long moved on from Windows XP and are now rocking Windows 7 or Windows 8 (or even Vista), though it's estimated that between 20 percent (StatCounter) and 33 percent (NetMarketShare) of PCs around the world haven't yet upgraded. What happens to all those users come April?