Microsoft Updates Windows 8 Before Final Launch

A few weeks before the official release of Windows 8, Microsoft has released an update for the operating system that delivers improvements in "performance, power management and battery efficiency, media playback, and compatibility."

Through Windows Update, users who are utilizing early versions of the OS will receive a prompt for the update. Microsoft said it'll offer increased power efficiency in order to extend battery life, Windows 8 apps and Start screen performance improvements, improved audio and video playback, as well as improved application and driver compatibility with the forthcoming operating system.

Windows chief Steven Sinofsky said the changes are usually included within an operating system's initial service pack, "[but] during the final months of Windows 8 we challenged ourselves to create the tools and processes to be able to deliver these 'post-RTM' updates sooner than a service pack."

Microsoft has already updated a series of Windows 8 applications. The operating system itself launches on October 26.

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  • walter87
    omnimodis78What an ignorant comment. Let me put it in perspective for you.1. I use a desktop, how does battery life matter to me?2. Does it really make any, and I mean any difference how quickly my computer loads? Firstly, from the instant I press the power button to the moment I can open Firefox is about 9 seconds under Windows 7. How you were getting more than 60 seconds is beyond me... Even when when I had a HDD as the system drive, it was no more than 15 seconds. So I call your BS on that or you have a crappy system.3. If an update make an OS feel more "responsive and fluid", I can assure you that there is a major problem with the core code - no update should ever make an OS so much better that the user can actually, notice the difference, unless the patch fixed some sort of critical flaw, but again, you clearly have some issues with telling time seeing that you stated that Windows 7 takes over a minute to boot...

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  • Anonymous
    I will not allow you to make my computer into a giant phone. Not buying, my life doesnt revolve around social network websites.
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    I'll give it a go, as long as work offers the professional version to me for $25 again :)
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