) recently unveiled an upgrade to its Windows operating system in
the form of Windows 8.1. The new and improved version is believed
to address all the complaints that users had with its earlier
version, Windows 8, which aimed at bridging the gap between
tablets and PCs.
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This update will be available free of cost to all the current
owners of Windows 8. The recent update incorporates some new
finger- and gesture-friendly shortcuts for touch-based apps,
while restoring some respect for the desktop mode that a billion
PC users have become habituated to.
Windows 8.1 allows four apps to run simultaneously, a unique
multi-tasking feature users have never been exposed to before.
The new update will also enable better browsing as users can now
open any number of tabs they want to. Users do need to login to
take Skype calls or click photos given the lock screen access
The update has been released at a time when there is a slump in
the demand for traditional desktops and laptops owing to the
increasing popularity of smartphones and tablets. Windows 8.1 now
has a home screen that looks good in portrait mode on screens
measuring 7 inches to 8 inches diagonally and hence is deemed to
be apt for usage in tablets.
Microsoft has decided to retire Windows XP in 2014, a fact that
sparked rumours that enterprises using XP would now shift to the
newly-launched Windows 8.1. However, as per Gartner, enterprises
have been showing a preference for Windows 7 rather than 8.1.
This may be due to the fact that businesses normally transition
to older operating systems rather than newly-launched ones which
are yet to witness broad-based adoption.
As per reports of market research firm IDC, in the second-quarter
) Android OS was the leading smartphone operating system with a
79% share of the total market, followed by
) iOS with a 13% share and Windows well behind with 3.7%.
Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses, sells and
supports software products. The company operates in five
segments: Windows & Windows Live Division, Server and Tools,
Online Services Division, Microsoft Business Division, and
Entertainment and Devices Division.
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) with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) is an attractive investment
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