Microsoft Releases Windows 8.1

Microsoft released its long awaited Windows 8.1 upgrade as a free download. It addresses some of the gripes people have had with Windows 8, the dramatically different operating system that attempts to bridge the divide between tablets and PCs. Windows 8.1 still features the dual worlds that Windows 8 created when it came out last October. On one hand, it features a touch-en-abled tile interface resembling what’s found in tablet computers. On the other, there’s the old desktop mode where the keyboard and mouse still reign. The Windows 8.1 update is free for current owners of Windows 8. Downloads started at 7 a.m. (1100 GMT) Thursday, in New York, which corresponded to the start of Friday in New Zealand. Simply go to Windows Store app to find it.