Microsoft Updates 'Confusing' Windows 8
Microsoft has released Windows 8.1, an update to its latest operating system which confused some users when it was launched last year.
The software ditched the familiar look of previous desktop versions of Windows in favour of a new tiled layout optimised to work with touchscreen devices, such as its Surface tablet.
However, many of those who chose to use the software with a traditional mouse and keyboard set-up found it difficult to navigate.
Microsoft said it had sold more than 100 million licences for Windows 8 but that the update was planned after listening to customers.
The new version hopes to make things a bit easier for the millions of people still spending significant time on a PC or laptop, as well as tweaking performance and visual elements.
Changes include the return of the 'Start' button, however it still works differently to 'traditional' versions of Windows and does not produce the familiar menu of applications and folders.
Windows 8.1 also includes new gesture controls for those using touch screens, redesigned apps, a more powerful search function, navigation tips for new users, and greater personalisation of the Windows layout.
The update is free for people already using Windows 8.
"Windows 8.1 demonstrates our commitment to continuously improving the product to create a richer customer experience," Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc wrote on the company blog.
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