The Microsoft Windows 8.1 is already out and the question often raised is whether or not it is much better than the earlier operating systems. Of course, it is much better than the previous ones and generally the concern is more of whether one can adjust easily with the Microsoft Windows 8.1. This used to be one of my serious issues whenever I had to update or upgrade to a new version of my Microsoft Windows. There were occasions that the desktop I had been familiar with became reconfigured and I had a difficult time looking for the folders and files that I kept in my computer. There were also instances I had to start allover again when preparing files using Word, Excel and PowerPoint because everything had almost been completely changed.
However, with Microsoft Windows 8.1, these concerns are no longer issues since I can still use Word, Excel and PowerPoint in the same way that I did before changed by computer’s operating system. In fact, with Microsoft Windows 8.1, the desktop that I have been used to became much better with the changes introduced in Microsoft Windows 8.1. The folders and icons that can be seen on the desktop I am familiar with are still there and also made better. The new task manager together with the streamlined file management programs made all of these possible. During instances that my desktop changes, I no longer have to worry that I may have lost the desktop I am familiar with because with just a simple tap or click on my screen, I can easily get back to the favorite desktop.
One feature that stands out with Microsoft Windows 8.1 is probably Cortana. It is a voice assistant that has been integrated in the Microsoft operating system. With Cortona, one can set appointments, do voice dialing, schedule reminders as well as conduct internet searches. Although a similar feature already exists with Apple and Google, the Microsoft Windows 8.1 made significant improvements to the versions of Apple and Google. Also, with Cortona, I have control as to who can gain access to me during periods that I am inactive.
I can say that Microsoft Windows 8.1 has the Cortona as it’s main and standout feature but this alone would not suffice to put it at the level of some of its major competitors. In fact Apple and Google have their own versions of Microsoft’s Cortona, although earlier and older than that of Microsoft’s. Microsoft’s competitors have a lot of features that makes Microsoft Windows 8.1 inadequate. With not enough features to match Apple and Android, it may be difficult to convince people to shift to Microsoft driven phones.
Moreover, in terms of networking, I believe that it is not advisable to go with the upgrade of your laptop is from Windows 7 to Microsoft Windows 8.1 because honestly such will have very minimal benefits taking into account the cost. Also, if you plan to go back to Windows 7, then you may have to re-install the program because upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 is like installing a new application. You cannot keep your personal files and other programs when doing such upgrade.