With the public preview version of Windows 8.1 out in the wild, and deployed by several users for testing, Microsoft has amped up its efforts to release updates for the platform as fast as it can.

The increase pace is evident — it was merely two weeks ago that the first round of Windows 8.1 Preview updates were made available. And today the software giant has released a new set of fixes for the operating system with the aim of addressing some of the bugs recently reported by users.

This frequent pace of releasing updates should help the software titan prepare and finalize the RTM version of Windows 8.1, which is scheduled to hit this status in August.

Just like the case with the previous batch of updates, this one is available for both x86 and x64 variants of Windows 8.1. However, only two of the fixes are specifically targeted for Windows RT 8.1 Preview.

One of the patches is supposed to repair an issue that prevents the single sign-on (SSO) service from correctly working with VPN connections that require certification authentication.

Additionally, ListView scrolling issues are also fixed, and now the scrolling should be a bit smoother.

SkyDrive also gets a look in this batch of updates. The file search experience in the cloud storage service is now expected to be improved — in other words, faster and more reliable.

And finally, an update addresses a pesky little bug that repeatedly offered updates for a nonexistent device in both Windows 8.1 Preview and Windows RT 8.1 Preview.

As is usually the case, all patches are being delivered through the integrated Windows Update option. To deploy them, all you have to do is restart your device and the operating system will get things rolling automatically.

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