When Microsoft released Windows 8, it had big hopes. Microsoft released the operating system anticipating it to be a huge success. Microsoft Windows 8 came with dual interface, which was a novel idea by Microsoft. We also saw apps in an operating system for the first time. Even though Microsoft experimented a lot with this operating system, it was unable to please the Windows users.
In the process of experimenting with the features, Microsoft decided to avoid the Start button, which was a major tool in all the Microsoft operating systems. In addition to this, Microsoft designed the operating system in such a way that it loaded only to the Start screen of the operating system. Microsoft thought that the users would love their new interface. However, a large number of users hated the Start screen and did not find anything interesting there. Since the apps were designed for touch screen interfaces, it was not a pleasant experience working with them using the mouse clicks.
All the above factors made Windows 8 a flop and many users who upgraded their PCs with Windows 8 looked upon its predecessor Windows 7 to make a downgrade. After understanding the general feeling among the customers about the operating system, Microsoft decided to develop and release an updated operating system, Windows 8.1. There were many changes in Windows 8.1 from Windows 8, which were designed to attract the users to the operating system.
Microsoft brought back the Start button in Windows 8. The operating system also enabled users to log in to the desktop screen or the Start screen as per the likings of the user. Microsoft also made the operating system friendlier to the developers. The software giant decided that the apps developed for the operating system would be approved within 5 days once it is submitted to Microsoft. This encouraged many developers to start building apps for the program, as they no longer have to wait for many weeks for their app to be approved.
As of now, there are more than 100,000 applications in the Windows Store, which are designed to run on Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems. With the new decision from Microsoft, it is expected that a large number of developers will come forward with new apps for the operating system. This will help Microsoft pose a good competition against its rivals. If you have any queries on this operating system, you may contact the Windows Support center for assistance.