Microsoft releases Windows 8.1

Software giant Microsoft said it has now made Windows 8.1 available to download.

It showed off the upgrade to Windows 8 at Computex earlier this year, following widespread lack of enthusiasm at the “innovations” the operating system made.

It has restored the Smart button to the opening screen, has better apps and services, and a redesigned Windows Store.

The free update to owners of Windows 8 can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store now.  It is also making the upgrade available on new devices and boxed software.