Microsoft Might Be Tweaking Windows 8.1.1 To Use Less Memory

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Mid-range Windows tablets are a hot item right now, and an unconfirmed report indicates that an upcoming update to Microsoft‘s operating system might make life easier for the companies that make them, and the people who use them.

Windows 8.1ZDnet‘s Mary Jo Foley cites an unnamed source when she reported that Windows 8.1 Update 1 could use less RAM and storage space than the current version.

As it stands now, there is no way to make a Windows tablet with 16GB of internal storage, and ones that have 32GB leave only a few megabytes of capacity for users. Reducing the operating system’s footprint would be an undeniable benefit for everyone. And using less RAM is always welcome, as it improves performance.

A number of companies either already offer mid-size, moderately-priced Windows tablets, or will soon. This includes Lenovo, Dell, Toshiba, and Asus.

Many of the other rumors of this update bring up a feature convenient to laptop/desktop users, but of little direct use to those with a tablet: the ability to easily launch launch Metro-style apps from the Windows Desktop.

Windows 8.1.1 is allegedly going to be introduced on March 11, and will be a free over-the-air upgrade to those running the current version.



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