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What's New in Windows 8.1

What’s New in Windows 8.1

What's New in Windows 8.1
Check out the latest updates in the Windows 8.1 operating system. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Mere days ago, Microsoft brought its newest installment to market, Windows 8.1.  From design to functionality, here are the essential differences in the new Windows operating system:

  • Return of the Start Button. Users who are fans of the iconic Windows Start button will celebrate its return. However, if you were hoping for a Windows 7-esque retreat, then apply the braes. The new Start button leads to the start screen rather than the customary program menu.
  • Improved UI interface. For the experienced Windows user, there’s a constant clash between the new Windows start screen and more traditional desktop interface. Windows 8.1 users will feature less contention between the two.
  • Enhanced functionality for mouses and keyboards. Taking into account that not everyone is using a touch screen, Windows 8.1 has adjustments to ensure that keyboards and mouses work adequately with the system.
  • New IE. With the addition of the new system comes an update to one of the most popular web browsers. Internet Explorer, now in its eleventh installment, is projected to be faster and adds new features.

Microsoft made it clear these updates are a direct-response to consumer feedback. Though experts don’t quite deem Windows 8.1 a new system, they agree it’s more than a band-aid on Windows 8’s presented deficiencies. If you are a Windows 8 user, the great news is that you can enjoy this system update free-of-charge by visiting the Microsoft Windows store.

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See What’s Coming with Windows 8’s Next Big Update

Source: Microsoft via cnet.com

It’s impossible to deny that Windows 8 wasn’t the raging success Microsoft hoped it would be, but good news is on the horizon. Their developers took heart, and listened, to what reviewers had to say. Windows 8.1 is worth downloading so you can take advantage of what CBS MoneyWatch says should have been available in the first place.

Here are some of the things you can expect from the next big update:

The Start Button
. Hooray! While we are all for change, there are some things that need to change more gradually that others. The disappearance of the start button hand many users banging their computer in frustration. How do you shut it down? In the Windows 8.1, the start button is back, and opens to a new start screen; that kind of change we can handle.

Shut down. No more hunting around with multiple clicks to shut down the computer. Users will be able to shut the computer down from a single click on the start menu.

3-D printing. One of the most exciting features of Windows’ newest update is it’s support for 3-D printers. When you’re ready to make the investment in your 3-D printer, Windows 8.1 is already set up to connect and print!

Improved Cloud integration. The Cloud seems like more of an integrated part of the system’s interface. You can ensure your documents are automatically updated on the SkyDrive.

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