Early adopters of Windows 8 have been getting updates for the OS since it was released to partners on August 1. Some of the updates include increase in battery life; increased power efficiency; improvements affecting performance of Windows 8 apps; better audio and video quality; improved application and driver compatibility among others.
In case of Windows 7 Microsoft waited for 16 months before releasing major changes through its Service Pack 1. But, in case of Windows 8, Redmond is already busy shipping out code changes before the general release. By Microsoft’s own standards, this is way too fast. Steven Sinofsky, President – Windows and Windows Live Group, believes that Microsoft has taken unto itself to deliver an operating system that is up to date before it is released to general public.
“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”, Sinofsky penned in a blog post.
This particular stand from Microsoft is understandable as Windows 8 is a completely new operating system and it would want to avoid anything and everything that may make users think that the new operating system is buggy and unusable. With a new touch interface, Microsoft is having a lot at stake as users will take time to adapt to the new interface away from the standard desktop interface. Microsoft is probably going to release a series of ads explaining advantages and features of Windows 8, some of which have already been leaked on the web.
Microsoft’s Knowledge Base document on the updates can be found here.