Windows 8.1, the first major update to Microsoft’s controversial Windows 8, is set to be released on October 18. With a restored (but trimmed down) start button, the ability to boot straight into the desktop and other practical improvements, this new OS has the potential to reduce the pain when switching from an older version of Windows.
It is vitally important to us that our applications work with all versions of Windows so we took the recently unveiled 8.1 Preview for an extended test drive with Service Protector – our market-leading tool designed to keep any windows service running 24/7. So far all is well (knock on wood!), and our entire suite of tests has passed successfully. Here is a screenshot of Service Protector doing its job on Windows 8.1 Preview:
Needless to say, we will re-test Service Protector (and all of our applications) in October when Windows 8.1 is officially available, but based on what we have seen so far there shouldn’t be any problems.