This week on tech, Microsoft demos Windows 8.1 Update fully for the first time and confirms that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users will able to download the update on April 8th.
During the Build developer conference the software giant also showed for the first time the new Start menu — Yes! It’s coming back — that will come to Windows 8.1 later this year as an update. Perhaps the biggest news this week was the announcement of making Windows free for Windows Phone and tablets under 9-inches. This new licensing model will help the company expand its market share on the mobile ecosystem.
Also the company revealed universal Windows apps, a new app design model that will run across all platforms including PCs, tablets, phones, and even Xbox One.
For the month of April, Microsoft is making 2 new games available for free for Xbox Live Gold members. And the company unveils new Xbox One, SmartGlass, and Xbox Video improvement coming in the next update.
Finally, in spite of the release of Windows 8.1 Update, this week I also wrote a new How-To to help those with access to MSDN and TechNet subscriptions to download and easily install the new update as it comes as a collection of updates that need to be installed in order. All this and more…
- Microsoft makes Windows free for phones and tablets under 9-inches
- How to easily install Windows 8.1 Update using the .msu files
- Microsoft’s universal Windows apps will run across PCs, tablets, phones, and Xbox
- This is the Start Menu for Windows 8.1 (video)
- Windows 8.1 Update ready for download on April 8 with keyboard/mouse improvements
- Xbox One + SmartGlass + Xbox Video: new improvements unveiled
- Xbox 360 free games for April: Hitman: Absolution and Deadlight