As Windows updates to Windows 8.1, some people are probably wondering what the Windows 8.1 release date will bring to the table.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, when Windows updated to version 8 people were upset the Start Menu was missing.
Windows 8.1 Blue will in fact be bringing the Start Menu back but unfortunately it’s just a shortcut to the new Windows 8 Start Screen, not a true Windows 7-like Start Menu. When Windows updates to 8.1 it will also provide the option to boot straight to the desktop instead of the Start Screen. Although, it’s possible to get a true Windows 8 Start Menu with third party software. There’s a bunch of options available that provide options way beyond the original Start Menu, but if you want a free Windows 8 Start Menu this writer suggests the software provided by IObit.
The Windows 8.1 updates also include many tweaks to the security system including better virus protection. Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud storage system will also be further integrated into Windows 8.1. The biggest change many users will appreciate is that Windows 8 Apps purchased via the Windows Store can now be used in up to 81 devices with a roaming profile (that’s Microsoft making a joke). As a comparison, Windows 8 only allowed up to five devices and Apple only allows up to 10 devices for purchases on their Apple Store.
The Windows 8.1 release date is practically upon us. The Windows updates for Windows 8.1 Blue will become free for current Windows 8 users on October 18, 2013. Boxed versions of Windows 8.1 will be released as well, although some reports claim that newer Windows 8.1 installation discs are incapable of upgrading older versions of Windows, including Windows 7 and Vista.