SOFTWARE REDEVELOPER Microsoft is already offering Windows 8 early adoptors an update to the operating system, claiming performance and application compatibility improvements.
Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system will not be available to consumers for a few more weeks but OEMs, system builders and MSDN members have been able to run the operating system for months. Now the firm is offering the first major update to Windows 8, claiming it brings improvements in performance
Usually Microsoft waits a few quarters before releasing service pack 1 for its latest operating systems but this time Steve Sinofsky, president of Microsoft's Windows division, said the firm had revamped its quality assurance and testing procedures, meaning that a patch will be ready in time for the public launch. Sinofsky said Microsoft would in the past work with OEMs to tailor Windows and its supporting software and drivers for their specifications and then include some of those updates in future updates to the general Windows user base.
Sinofsky said, "We would often create dozens of changes for each OEM for these new PCs. Those changes would be deployed during manufacturing of those PCs and thus would be invisible to customers. While those changes could potentially apply to a broader range of PCs, we did not have in place the testing and certification to broadly distribute these updates."
Sinofsky said that Microsoft has leaner and more agile update processes in place, and he pointed Windows 8 users to the "Windows 8 Client and Windows Server 2012 General Availability Cumulative Update". The firm said that the update is available only through Windows Update within Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 and that it will require a reboot after application.
Typically Microsoft's users have to wait a few weeks for the first round of bug fixes, and while this pre-release patch might not change that, it seems that the firm had some work to do, just as Intel CEO Paul Otellini said. µ