Microsoft is taking the Windows 8.1 upgrade quite seriously this time, modifying it to meet with the speculations of the future computer world. Microsoft earlier mentioned that the updated Windows 8.1 would feature the legendary Start button, which was excluded in Windows 8 and thus created a lot of confusion among traditional users. Apart from that, Windows 8.1 would also include 3D printing and file format support to add to the delight and tally with the user grievances for Windows 8. Microsoft help forum highlights the other developments in the latest operating system.
Shanen Boettcher, General Manager of Microsoft’s Startup Business Group, stated in a recent blog post that, the company is making the way for “a factory on every desktop” concrete. “Making a 3D object on your PC will be as easy as writing a document in Word and sending it to print. Just as desktop publishing transformed how we write, we think desktop manufacturing will transform how we create,” he added.
What is being offered with the support for 3D printing
Microsoft stated in a recent post on the Microsoft help forum that, “While 3D printing is not in the mainstream yet, it is only a matter of time before it would be, and with the potential to crank out increasingly complex creations as easily as printing a Word document. In fact, customers can buy a 3D printer at Microsoft retail stores this fall and at Staples for $1,299.”
Mike Kemery, co-founder of Makerhouse, a 3D fabrication unit in Seattle, Washington, said in a supportive video, “Enabling people to actually print through Windows software is a precursor to where 3D printing is going to go, and how it’s going to grow within the home.” Kemery added that it is a smart move by Windows and that it is going in the right direction.
Boettcher argued in the video that as microwaves were both “disruptive and interesting” for the users at the initial stages, so would be the fate of 3D printing for some time. Boettcher claims that analysts assume the worldwide 3D printing market would reach $3.1 billion mark by 2016 and added that it would emerge as “a convenience that people are really going to enjoy”.