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Microsoft Releases First Windows 8.1 Fixes


First update, coming fast on heels of OS introduction as promised, includes minor fixes and an unpopular change to Photos app.

That didn't take long.

Microsoft last week rolled out its first round of bug fixes for Windows 8.1. The first update came less than a week after the new operating system debuted as a public preview and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer touted the company's commitment to quick releases. The company's quick strike seems to signal that Ballmer's plan, central to his larger "devices and services" vision, is rounding into shape.

Ongoing rumors of an imminent shake-up, further fueled by the departure of Xbox head Don Mattrick, suggest the CEO is charging forward, in any case.

Windows 8.1 has been relatively well-received. Several analysts have said that it has made the changes necessary to satisfy enterprise users. But as curious users dig into the Windows 8.1 preview, new concerns are already afoot. As much as Windows 8 is changing, it seems one thing might stay the same: Microsoft can't win for losing.

The company issued six updates to Windows 8.1. Two were designated "important" and the others were rated "recommended." One of the higher-priority updates installs a virus definition for Windows Defender, Win8's native security program. The other improves support for third-party programs such as AutoCAD and Parallels Desktop.

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