Microsoft has rolled out some quick fixes to tweak Windows 8, less than a month prior to its release. Developments with the operating system will make, it a much easier affair to roll out updates quickly and efficiently to all users of the Windows 8 platform.
Launching along with their newest operating system Windows 8, Microsoft has developed a new system for releasing updates that is more efficient than that of previous versions of Windows.
Before Windows 8, the system of releasing service packs to remedy known bugs, errors, etc. involved testing the updates on machines from each major PC manufacturer before releasing them to the public. “We would often create dozens of changes for each OEM," said Steven Sinofsky, president of Windows group in a blog post.
But new procedures have been developed to make the release of system patches and updates a universal affair, without the need to test said updates on individual machines first.
“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.” wrote Sinofsky
Microsoft has now made its first use of the system, less than a month from the formal release of Windows 8. This update can be downloaded by users of Windows 8 immediately through the update feature, and includes enhancements to improve battery life, audio and video playback, application performance and driver compatibility with the new OS.
For Windows, this definitely a good feature to have. It is well known that after a new version of Windows is released, it takes several months of wide use to highlight problems and errors with the operating system, and some time before new patches and updates iron out these problems to create a more stable environment. The ability to do so faster and more efficiently is certainly a benefit to Windows 8.
Then again, the benefit may be outweighed by the not-so-benefits in Windows 8, such as a lack of familiar features like the start button, and the new controversial ‘Metro’** tile UI.
No doubt, for thousands of users, the most desired update will be for Microsoft to bring back the familiar look of Windows. But that is severely unlikely to happen, at least not to the laymen’s satisfaction. The kind of effort and integration that has been made for Metro makes it clear that it’s here to stay.
Sinofsky noted that: "By developing better test automation and test coverage tools we are happy to say that Windows 8 will be totally up to date for all customers starting at General Availability."
General availability will occur on October 26th, when Windows 8 will officially be released at a launch event in New York City.
**Microsoft has tossed out the Metro UI lingo due to disputes over its trademark.