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A Quick Look At Windows 8.1

Microsoft has officially released the much-awaited Windows 8.1,  an update to its Windows 8 operating system. The upgrade was announced during a keynote speech at its annual developers conference in San Francisco. The free test version of the update is already available to download now while the full version will be released to users later this year.

So, what’s new in Windows 8.1?

Below is a list of new features Windows 8.1 users can expect.

  • The start button on the desktop is back!
  • The lock screen is being turned into a ‘cloud-powered photo frame’ that will display pictures stored on the device and in SkyDrive.
  • A vastly improved ‘search’ function, which allows a user to search for documents, apps, or items on the Internet from a single search bar.
  • Users will be able to see all their applications immediately, in a grid, by swiping down or pressing a button on-screen.
  • There are new personalisation features for tiles including fonts and colours.
  • Users can also customize the start screen much more easily. For example, users will be able to change the sizes of app icons or control which apps appear.
  • Finally, it will be possible to open two windows simultaneously in the new-look interface.
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13 Comments

  1. Like all the service packs that Microsoft released for their older operating systems, the Windows 8.1 was much-awaited. Windows

    8.1 brings one of the most requested features: the Start button and other interesting updates. They tried to improve the Metro

    interface and made it more appealing for the fans of the classic interface.

  2. Considering that Windows 8 was such a radical upgrade, not that much really needed changing. I’m really liking the consistent look between the PC and smartphone. These minor changes will make the UI even better.

  3. The coolest thing in the windows will be the 3D print plug-and.play support, they’ve already signed a contract with the best desktop 3D printer companies like Cube and MakerBot. The 3rd industrial revolution has already started…

  4. Good to see the start button back ..and the ability to customize their screens better would surely attract many people …as they always want to have control of their screens as much as they can ..Windows 8.1 would surely boost the sales for microsoft .

    Regards,
    Pramod

  5. Hi James,

    I also learnt that it has an option to bypass metro screen and boot to desktop directly, which lacks in Windows 8.

    By the way, do I need to install Windows 8.1 manually or is there an option to upgrade and keep the files?

  6. I have used Windows 8 it is not as user friendly as Windows 7, though it is beautifully designed. But Windows 8.1 has changed my mind and i think that it would be better than Windows 8

  7. the start button is irrelevant to me for windows 8… when i first started using win 8 i missed it and thought i need it, but then i realized it wasn’t needed. Was a truly loyal to win7 but 8 beats it hands down. is 8.1 really necessary?

  8. Frankly speaking, windows 8 is not getting popular as the windows 7 was in it’s past. But, after the windows 8.1 update release I feel It’s gonna be accepted by most of the windows lovers.
    Thanks for sharing the windows 8.1 features and update.

  9. Happy to see the start button back on the desktop.
    And the setting to land directly on the desktop after booting is really helpful.
    Thank you.

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