Microsoft Announces Windows 8.1 Spring Update, Lowers Hardware Requirements To 1GB RAM, 16GB Storage

At MWC event in Spain, Microsoft announced the availability of Windows 8.1 update that is coming in Spring. This upcoming update is mainly focused on keyboard and mouse users.

Main Features:

– Improvements to non-touch experience
– More hardware options (including at low end)
– Improvements for government and education markets via IE8 compatibility mode in IE11.

Improvements to non-touch experience includes discoverable search, power and settings on Start. New Mouse UI for right-click(Start) and close (apps). Also easy app launching and switching via task bar.

More hardware options is enabled by lowering hardware requirements. It includes 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage as opposed to 2GB RAM and 32GB storage that exists now.

Joe Belfiore said,

“we love touch, but we do want to make things better for people who don’t have touchscreens.”

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