Microsoft has been betting heavy on its Windows 8 platform, having released many PCs and tablets to prop it up. While the platform has had limited success so far, the company aims to change this with Windows 8.1, which is due to arrive tomorrow.
Microsoft will be lifting the wraps off Windows 8.1 by 4 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, tomorrow. In this new release, Microsoft has packed not only improved user-interface elements but also many new features. A number of existing Windows 8 features have also been revamped and improved significantly.
For instance, Microsoft’s search engine, Bing, has been improved so that it comes with more search refinements and a more powerful backend search technology. Moreover, Microsoft has also spent some time on SkyDrive, giving it a more central role in the Windows 8.1 ecosystem. The company aims to make SkyDrive the most preferred cloud storage option for Windows users.
Microsoft will be releasing Windows 8.1 through the Windows Store. Depending on your location, the update is expected to become available some time between tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. Once it arrives, you will be able to see it on the Windows Store and install it.
It remains to be seen how Windows 8 users react to this. When Microsoft launched Windows 8 itself, the initial feedback was rather lukewarm but over time, the operating system has gained momentum. If Windows 8.1 does furnish what Microsoft is promising, it may make the Windows 8 experience a lot better and entice more customers. We’ll know for sure the extent of improvements and new features that Microsoft is offering by 4 a.m. tomorrow. So stay tuned as we’ll cover the update as soon as it is unveiled.