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Microsoft Releases New Windows 8.1

Microsoft upgraded Windows 8 with improvements to the operating system and the return of the Start button.

Windows 8 users can now upgrade to Windows 8.1, a new operating sytem released by Microsoft for download Thursday. 

Customers that already have Windows 8 will be able to upgrade to Windows 8.1 for free.

Users that have older Windows operating systems will have to pay to upgrade their system. The paid version will be available on Friday.

Prof. Kai Hwang of USC's Viterbi School of Engineering told ATVN that it was essential for Microsoft to update the operating system in order to remain competitive with Apple and Google's Android operation system.

One of the most noteable changes in Windows 8.1 is the return of the Start button, which is included in many of the older operating systems, but was excluded from Windows 8.

The operating system will run on both Microsoft computers and tablets. Microsoft announced Windows 8.1 will be pre-installed on all PCs sold after October 17.

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