Microsoft released windows 8.1 to the general public this week with a generally very positive reaction from reviewers who have upgraded to windows 8.1.
However, the update of Windows RT 8.1 has been pulled from the windows store due to what CNET are reporting as a vaguely explained “situation”, with a Microssoft spokesperson releasing the following statement:
“Microsoft is investigating a situation affecting a limited number of users updating their Windows RT devices to Windows RT 8.1. As a result, we have temporarily removed the Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows Store. We are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and apologize for any inconvenience. We will provide updates as they become available.”
The Verge reported that:
“Microsoft hasn’t specified what the issue is, but a number of reports suggest that a problem that has caused some machines to have their boot data damaged during the update is to blame. Affected machines are unusable until repaired using a recovery drive. There’s no word how long the update will be offline, but in the statement Microsoft says it “will provide updates as they become available”
Many people will be interested in updaing to windows 8.1 due to the return of the start button and improved bing seach integration. Windows 8.1 also includes imporved multi-tasking, better touchscren support and an improved internet browsing experience through Internet Explorer 8.1.
While these features are exciting for people who have invested in windows 8, these issues with Windows RT 8.1 will contribute to the bad feeling people have about Windows RT 8. When windows RT 8 was first launched many analysts considered it to be a poor relation to windows 8 as opposed to a viable alternative. Windows RT 8 relies heavly on developers creating windows 8 RT specific applications and because of the limited success of Windows RT 8, the availability of these applications has been quite poor.Let’s hope that Microsoft move quickly to fix these issues with Windows RT 8 and support the customers that have invested in this platform.
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