Microsoft has announced the price for Windows 8.1, its latest operating system of the kind. The Pro version of the software is priced at $199.99 and the basic edition will be available for $119.99. Nonetheless, if you already have Windows 8 installed on your computer, you can upgrade to Windows 8.1 free of cost.
Earlier, you could find upgrade versions and standalone versions. However, with the release of Windows 8.1, Microsoft is changing this routine. Now, you are offered only a full operating system rather than a simple upgrade. The new operating system will be launched by the last week of October this year.
Microsoft has developed Windows 8.1 with some major updates to its predecessor. Even though Windows 8 came with numerous futuristic features, many complaints rose about its language design and lack of apps support. In response to these complaints, Microsoft has made Windows 8.1 more user-friendly packed with numerous advanced skills.
According to Windows support center, the new operating system features a much improved search technique. When you search a particular keyword, you will obtain the search results from your computer, internet, as well as from the applications installed on your computer. Windows Store comes with improved looks and it helps you to search and find your favorite apps a lot easier.
The default cloud storage location of Windows 8.1 is SkyDrive, which helps you to access your data from anywhere. There are significant improvements in browsing with the new Internet Explorer 11. It is ideally designed for touch interface and the page loading time has decreased considerably.
The minimum hardware configuration to install Windows 8.1 remains same as Windows 8. You need a processor with a minimum speed of 1 GHz and 1 GB of RAM. The hard disk space required is 16 GB for installing Windows 8.1 32-bit, where a 20 GB hard disk memory is required for the 64-bit version. Your computer should also be equipped with a graphics card that supports DirectX 9 to get the best visual support from Windows 8.1.
If your computer does not have Windows 8 installed, you may run the Upgrade Assistant tool to find out whether your computer is ready for the new operating system. You can download this tool from the official Microsoft website. It does not matter whether you are going for a Windows 8.1 upgrade or a clean installation; Microsoft has taken special care to make this latest operating system user friendly and lively.
If you want to know more about the features of the new operating system, or have doubts regarding the upgrade or installation, contact Windows support center for assistance.Google+