Microsoft has released a new Windows 8 update before the initial launch of the product which is just a few days later. The released changes are big and are pushed to streamline the existing apps and performance in Windows 8.
Windows 8 hasn’t got a nice review while comparing with those of Windows 7, those who tested it said that it’s more like Windows Vista and requires substantial streamlining of the built-in software to make it usable for people. The softwares (mail, calendar, people) were usable, but the performance and features of those left much to be desired.
It can be said that Microsoft itself realized the issues some time ago, as we can’t think of releasing the update after reading the reviews, as developing and optimizing code takes time.
Below is the change-log of the pushed update;
- Increased power efficiency to extend battery life
- Performance improvements in Windows 8 applications and Start screen
- Improved audio and video playback in many scenarios
- Improved application and driver compatibility with Windows 8
Apart from the above listed, there are lots of minor changes which you can observe while using the apps. Mail now has Conversation view for the Inbox, IMAP account support, accept or decline calendar invitations directly from an email, plus some performance improvements. You can now search within the Skydrive, also loads faster than earlier.
The photo, calendar and music software were also updated with new features. The Finance, Sports, Travel, Weather, and News apps now support videos. The Bing maps now has a “bird’s eye view” option, covering more than 3,000 indoor maps particularly belonging to the United States region.
The change is nice and more than welcoming, but few glitches still exist in relation to driver support.
Source : Microsoft