Windows 8.1 – New Features and Improvements

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Microsoft announced Windows 8.1:

Windows 8.1, the first major upgrade to Windows 8, has been recently announced by Microsoft. Microsoft has also revealed various new features and improvements introduced in the Windows 8.1 which is formally called as “Windows Blue”.

New Features and Improvements introduced in Windows 8.1:

From bringing back the Start button to making multitasking easier, this update has a lot to offer. We have listed down some of the exciting new features and improvements which you will see in Windows 8.1.

1. Start Button is back:
As you know, Start button was removed from Windows 8 and the start menu was replaced by Start Screen. A lot of Windows users didn’t like that and were complaining about it. Now Start button will be back in the Windows 8.1 update. But the Start button is not going work like in earlier Windows versions, means on click it shows tree of applications. Rather it will be placed in the screen which will be always visible and on click it will take users to the Start Screen.
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2. Improved Start Screen:
Start screen in Windows 8.1 has been improved and now it offers greater customization. Windows 8.1 Start screen offers a variety of tile sizes including a new large and new small tile. It also made easy to name groups and rearrange tiles. Now you can select multiple apps all at once, re-size them, uninstall them, or rearrange them. Also Apps can be sorted by name, date of installation, most used, or by category. When a new app is installed, it will be placed only under the Apps view as ‘New’ instead of putting it directly on the Start screen. You can do so later by pinning it on the Start screen from the Apps menu.

3. Enhanced Windows Store:
Windows 8.1 gets an improved Windows Store according to Microsoft. Windows Store in Windows 8.1 will now show more information about apps. This includes detailed lists of top free apps, new releases, and customized picks for users on the homepage. The apps listing will become more descriptive and informative and have an area dedicated for related apps so that users may discover new apps. In Windows 8.1, App updates will be installed automatically in the background. The search bar will be available in the upper right hand corner for finding the apps you want.

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