The Windows 8.1 update is set to arrive next month and Microsoft launched a new ad, showcasing the return of the Start button. The 31 second video debuted on YouTube Friday, (Sept. 27) and offers a preview of the reinstated functional element, missed by many Windows PC users.
Last year’s release of the Windows 8 operating system (OS) didn’t quite get the response that Microsoft was hoping for. Many PC users voiced their dislike of the new user interface overhaul and it wasn't just the introduction of “tiles”. Emphasis was placed on the disappearance of the Start button, a staple of the Windows OS since its introduction.
According to Netmarketshare reports, an estimated 8 percent of people use Windows 8, while 46 percent use Windows 7 and 34 percent use Windows XP. Microsoft’s decision to bring back a sense of familiarity with the new Windows 8.1 update may help encourage more users to transition to Windows 8.
Windows 8.1 now lets users customize their Start screen for an improved and more productive user experience. Users can now choose the option of the "tile-style" Start screen or the traditional Windows desktop style like Windows XP and Windows 7. “With the return of the start button, new ways to personalize your Start screen, and more ways to do more things at once, the new Windows gives you one experience for everything in your life,” Microsoft said on its YouTube site Friday.
Windows 8.1 will be available for download in the Windows Store on October 18 as a free upgrade for existing Window 8 users. Microsoft is currently offering everyone a pre-release version to everyone. The Windows 8.1 preview is available as a free download at their official Website.