Cloud-based backup provider Acronis has announced its Acronis True Image 2014 solution is now capatible with Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 8.1, expanding support to users with any version of Windows.

Acronis True Image 2014 users can now leverage Windows 8.1 support to benefit from full and incremental backup to local storage and the Acronis Cloud; individual file, folder and data backup; incremental restore from the cloud; and 5 GB of Acronis Cloud storage for one year, the company said.

Acronis Consumer Business Unit Senior Vice President and General Manager Nat Maple told Talkin' Cloud via email that this update guarantees protection for Acronis True Image users using any version of Windows.

"We’re constantly working to improve the Acronis True Image product suite for our users to make sure we provide the most complete, comprehensive data backup and recovery solution possible," he said.

Maple said the company expects "a large percentage of users will upgrade quickly" to Windows 8.1 because of the free upgrade for Windows 8 users.

He added that Acronis does not plan to release any major updates through the end of 2013, however, the company is "always striving to create the best product available" by counting on customer feedback.

Back in September Acronis launched an update to its mobile file management (MFM) solution mobileEcho, adding in-app editing tools for Microsoft Office documents and military-grade encryption.