When Windows came out in 2012 with their new operating system the skepticisms of both Mac and PC users alike skyrocketed. The Model UI interface was something that users were not used to and had trouble navigating. Apple did not help their cause this year when they came out with the almost flawless iOS7. But last week Thursday, Windows stepped up their game when they dropped the Windows 8.1 upgrade. The many minor improvements created an overall upward progression of the operating system’s performance.
- The Start button on the desktop has returned! Except it doesn’t open the pop-up menu that we’ve been used to for years. It takes us to the start screen.
- Depending on your screen display, you can now open four apps on one screen at the same time, and make them whatever size you want.
- As for design options, the background can have more colors, and picture slideshows can be run on the lock screen.
- 100,000 apps added to the Windows Store
- Bing Search becomes better optimized for the user, and search results utilizes music apps and videos to enhance the user experience.
- Browser performance improves with IE11
- Camera enhancements include a panorama option and new editing tools for photos.
These are just a few of the improvements in the Windows 8.1 upgrade. While Apple is still in the forefront of this mobile technology race, it is clear that other companies are on its tail, and that Microsoft is a force to be reckoned with.
Having mentioned the above, we certainly look forward to the Apple Special Event today. Front and center, more on why the tablet war is expected to get hotter! If you are a believer of the latest rumors, you may be happy to hear that full sized iPad is getting a makeover, a faster chip, a thinner design and of course the finger scanner called Touch ID. The not-so-subtle Invitation tag-line: "We still have a lot to cover" keeps us all wondering about the cover that has not changed since its' initial design.
You can also expect them to show New MacBook Pro laptops, Mac Pro desktops and Mavericks operating system. You can watch streaming video from this special event and learn more about the exciting announcements.
Remember that Live Streaming video requires Safari 4 or later on OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on iOS 4.2 or later. Streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 5.0.2 or later. Find out more at Apple Events and be sure to share with us all your comments!
We will be sharing with you our observations and as always welcome your input!