Microsoft released its long-awaited Windows 8.1 upgrade as a free download Thursday. It addresses some of the gripes people have had with Windows 8, the dramatically different operating system that attempts to bridge the divide between tablets and PCs.
Microsoft is making its Xbox Music streaming service available for free on the Web — even to those who don’t use Windows 8.
Microsoft is trying to fix what it got wrong with its radical makeover of Windows. It’s making the operating system easier to navigate and enabling users to set up the software so it starts in a more familiar format designed for personal computers.
Are you planning to upgrade your computer in the next year or two? If so, you’ll have a few more decisions to make. The process will also be more fun.
After several years of development, now it’s your turn to vote for or against Windows 8 with your wallet. Windows 8 goes on sale around the world at 12:01 a.m. local time around the world, with an upgrade price as low as $39.95.
For those who still haven’t gotten their hands on the Windows 8 release-to-manufacturing bits via MSDN, TechNet, BizSpark, volume licensing or some other channel, Microsoft is making available via preorder the Windows 8 upgrade media as of October 12.