Windows 8.1, the first ever refresh of Microsoft’s modern platform, is due for arrival next month. Leaked RTM versions of the operating system are actually doing the rounds right now.
In fact, according to reports and market share statistics, a rather large number of users have already upgraded to Windows 8.1. To prepare for the anticipated October launch, Microsoft has put up a new website for users and businesses to check hardware and software compatibility with the OS.
The Compatibility Center is a service designed to help users find out whether a particular product, hardware or software, is compatible with Windows 8.1 or not.
You can check out drivers, software programs, application updates as well as hardware devices.
Being an upgrade of the core operating system, Windows 8.1 is supposed to work just as smoothly with compatible products as Windows 8. And most, if not all, products that are compatible with the vanilla OS should be able work fine with the upcoming upgrade.
But one can never be too sure when it comes to this stuff.
So if you are planning to move to Windows 8.1 in the near future, then it is a good idea to spend some minutes verifying the hardware and software that you want to run on it.
Just hit the link above, enter the product name, and hit Search — Microsoft will show compatibility information about that hardware or software product with both Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.