Windows 8.1 Update 1 rolls out while Windows XP is now officially gone
Windows 8.1 Update 1 is now available as previously announced by Microsoft. While this refresh of the operating system does not bring any major changes, it focuses on an area that many users complained about, namely the ease of use for those using a computer with keyboard and mouse instead of a touch-enabled device.
The new update can be obtained via Windows Update and, once installed, it shows the title bar with minimize and close buttons if a mouse is detected. The right click also brings up a contextual menu next to the pointer instead of the touch-enabled app controls that appeared at the bottom of the screen before Windows 8.1 Update 1.
At the same time time, Microsoft's Windows XP, which has been around since 2001, reaches the end of life status and its users will slowly move away to the Linux world, to Macs, or they will finally upgrade to a new Windows 7/8 device.
According to the latest Net Applications statistics, Windows XP still has an impressive market share of 27 percent and it will be interesting to see where these users are going to move next.
While Microsoft will no longer issue any updates to regular Windows XP users, the system will remain around for at least another year within some banks and governments who signed agreements with the Redmond giant already for extended support (for example, the UK government paid over $9 million for another year).