Download Windows 8 January 2013 Performance and Reliability Update

Last Updated on Tuesday, 8 January 2013 12:59 Written by admin Tuesday, 8 January 2013 12:59

Microsoft has made available a new update designed to boost the performance and reliability of its latest iteration of the Windows OS. The January 2013 Windows 8 performance and reliability update is now available for download from Microsoft.


This cumulative update includes the following performance and reliability improvements:

•Resolves an issue that could cause low-quality playback when you stream videos from Windows Media Center to Xbox consoles.

•Improves Bluetooth audio playback quality.

•Resolves an issue in which you may be unable to install a Windows Store app update when the app is installed to multiple accounts on the same computer.











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Pre-Availability Windows 8 RTM Performance and Compatibility Updates

Last Updated on Tuesday, 9 October 2012 11:22 Written by admin Tuesday, 9 October 2012 11:22

Microsoft is gearing up for the consumer launch of Windows 8, and part of the ritual is enhancing the operating system just weeks ahead of general availability (October 26th). The Redmond company revealed that a set of tweaks boosting performance and compatibility, as well as power management, battery efficiency and media playback have been released to those customers already running the most recent iteration of the Windows platform. If this is you, then you’d better check Windows Update, because that’s how the updates are served to customers.

Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 General Availability Cumulative Update


Windows 8 Client and Windows Server 2012 General Availability Cumulative Update is available. This cumulative update package provides a collection of performance and reliability improvements that are designed to improve the Windows 8 experience. We recommend that you apply this cumulative update as part of your regular maintenance routines.


  • Increased power efficiency to extend battery life
  • Performance improvements in Windows 8 applications and Start screen
  • Improved audio and video playback in many scenarios
  • Improved application and driver compatibility with Windows 8

Known issues:

  • When you turn a Windows feature on or off, the computer may require a restart. For example, this action may be necessary when you turn Remote Access on or off.

From the Windows 8 blog:

With every release of Windows we have had approximately 8-12 weeks from when we released the code to OEMs and manufacturing and when the product was available on new PCs and for retail customers. This time has historically been used to match newly developed PCs, which can include a variety of new or enhanced components, drivers, and companion software, with the final code for Windows. Because these hardware and software components are brand new, it could be the case that they uncover the need for changes and improvements to Windows in the areas of fundamentals.

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. As a result, customers would have to wait until the first service pack to see these enhancements. We know many folks would spend time working to uncover these OEM enhancements in a desire to have the most up to date Windows.

During the final months of Windows 8 we challenged ourselves to create the tools and processes to be able to deliver these “post-RTM” updates sooner than a service pack. 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. If you are an MSDN or enterprise customer, these updates will be available for your Windows 8 PCs via Windows Update as of today (October 9), following our standard cadence for Windows Updates on the second Tuesday of each month at about 10:00am.

As we have always done, any updates will have a knowledge base (KB) article and documentation. Documentation for these updates are documented here, and the text is reproduced below. We will of course continue to issue and publish changes and enhancements from this point forward, just as we have done with Windows 7.

We think this new pace of delivering high quality updates to Windows will be a welcome enhancement for all of our customers.

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Major SkyDrive Upgrade Rolling Out

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 November 2011 11:17 Written by Mire_B Tuesday, 29 November 2011 11:14

Microsoft is rolling out a major upgrade to Windows Live SkyDrive, its Cloud offering designed to offer 25GB of free storage space as well as simplify collaboration, remote working and sharing.


Speaking of remote worker scenarios, sharing and collaboration, once the upgrade is in place, SkyDrive users will be able to enjoy new functionality around Office documents.


The update also makes it easier to complete file management tasks, some of which are now instantaneous.


And for those customers running Internet Explorer 10, the SkyDrive upgrade brings HTML5 uploads as well as CSS3 transitions.


Simple app-centric sharing, particularly for Office docs

As we look to the future, we know people increasingly think and work in a way that is “app-centric,” that is, they want something that just works from whatever application they are already using. So for example, when collaborating on a Word document, they want be able to share it in as few steps as possible – ideally without having to leave Word in order to set permissions or move it around to different folders. And they definitely don’t want to have to think about their folder structure or which email service their friends happen to use.

In the past, SkyDrive has made this difficult. We built the experience around discrete folders that were either private (“Documents”) or shared (“Class documents”). So how you wanted to share also dictated the way you organized your data. Also, sharing on SkyDrive was designed to work best when you shared files with people in your Windows Live network. Meanwhile, the most common scenario—sharing or collaborating with friends or colleagues across email services or other networks—was often a complex and unreliable process.

As a result, we rebuilt fundamental pieces of SkyDrive to simplify sharing and make it more app-centric, particularly for Office. For example, let’s say you’re working in Word Web App on a document in one of your private folders. Now
you can Share from within the app and complete your task, without having to think about the structure of folders or subfolders. This is possible since SkyDrive now lets you share or permission individual files within a folder. This
works for Office documents, photos, or any other type of file.

But we didn’t stop there. We also redesigned the sharing process – to make it much easier to share with people across email services and networks.

Sharing is easier on SkyDrive

When you click Share in the SkyDrive info pane or from the File menu, you can now do a few things:

  • Share via email. Enter any name from your address book, including contacts from LinkedIn, Facebook and Gmail. (If you want to import the email addresses of your Facebook contacts, first connect Facebook to Windows Live and
    then go to and click the Facebook logo.) Since SkyDrive now uses your email address to send a sharing invitation, it reaches your friend’s inbox, not their spam folder. And when you select “Recipients can edit,” you can now collaborate with anyone, even if you don’t know their Live ID in advance.
  • Post to your networks. SkyDrive connects to many different networks, such as Facebook and LinkedIn, so that you can upload your photos and documents once and share with friends across networks.
  • Get a link. For many people, the easiest way to share is to grab a URL and send it to yourself, or paste it into another browser. Now, you can choose a View only link when you’re sharing something private, a View and Edit link when you want to allow the recipient to edit an item, and a Public link when you want to share something with anybody who can access the Internet.

The sharing experience is one that only happens when you choose to share something. Everything on SkyDrive that you upload is private until you tell us otherwise.

Powerful file management

As soon as we released the SkyDrive updates in June, we received a ton of feedback that you like the fast performance of the service, but doing many actions was slow and cumbersome.

In this release, a number of file management tasks are now “instant”. Now you can:

  • Create folders inline.

Create folders inline


  • Rename a folder inline (or by hitting the F2 key).

Rename a folder inline


  • Move, delete, and download multiple files in bulk.

Move, delete, and download multiple fils in bulk


  • Move and copy very easily with an inline pop-over dialog.

Move and copy

  • Use right-click functionality on documents and photos to take action right away.

Right-click functionality lets you take action

  • Create an Office document quickly. When you click one of the Office document icons, all you have to do is name the document, and then you can immediately launch into the Office Web Apps.

Create an Office document

HTML5 uploads, CSS3 transitions in Internet Explorer 10

In addition to some of the sharing and file management features, we continue to look for ways we can take advantage of modern browsing technologies. Today we rely on Silverlight to provide rich upload support. In this release, we’re
introducing drag and drop as a way to upload files and photos for browsers that support HTML5 File API like Internet Explorer 10, Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari. And while your files are uploading, you can continue to browse and use SkyDrive. You no longer have to sit and wait for uploads to complete.

Use SkyDrive while your files are uploading


We also have worked to make sure that SkyDrive works well on Internet Explorer 10. If you’re using the Windows 8 Developer Preview, you’ll notice that support for CSS3 animations works when you resize an album.

Photo improvements

We’ve rebuilt and re-introduced photo slideshows in this release, and we feel that we’ve built a slideshow that’s faster and better than before.

Slideshows are better and faster

We heard your feedback that it was hard to find photo captions, and that navigation was difficult. You can now click “View folder” to return to the folder of the album and see captions right below the photo.

It's easier to find photo captions

We’ve also added support for touch APIs on Internet Explorer 10 and Mobile Safari so that you can use your fingers to swipe and navigate photos.

Support for more file types like PDF and RAW

We recognize that a lot of our customers upload PDF files to SkyDrive, but to date we haven’t had a rich viewing experience for PDFs. In this release, when you click a PDF, we load it using whatever available PDF viewer your browser supports. This means that on IE, Firefox and Safari, PDFs will load in the browser if you have Adobe Acrobat installed. On Chrome, PDFs will load using Chrome’s native PDF viewer.

Enjoy a rich viewing experience for PDFs

Some of our customers capture photos using their camera’s RAW format, and we support uploading and viewing RAW files from a number of camera manufacturers supported by the Microsoft Camera Codec Pack.


Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Many actions now happen inline (such as upload, delete, copy, move, rename, share, and create).
  • We preload more resources when you’re typing your username and password before logging in. This makes it faster to view and edit Office docs.
  • Signing in to SkyDrive is about 50% faster.


Omar Shahine
Group Program Manager,

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