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What's new in Windows 8.1?

I know they have made some tweaks after the initial reception to Windows 8. What's new?

Seeking Fact Apps 3 years ago
Holly Seddon admin
Holly Seddon
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Tom Baker writer
Tom Baker Staff Writer Derby, UK

It caused a fair amount of furore on launch: where was the start button on Windows 8? Optimised for the Surface, the operating system was maybe less well accepted by those who stuck with dekstops or laptops. Luckily, Microsoft recognised their error! Yay! (They're doing that a lot lately). They added a bunch more cool stuff, too.

Okay, so first of all, the start button has technically been reinstated, but it still bumps you to that start menu with all the tiles. You can do more with said menu, though: the tiles can be customised more easily, and you can use your wallpaper as the menu's background.

The apps have been getting an upgrade, too; along with improving the search functions and the like, Windows have launched things like the Food and Drink app, which not only lets you search for recipes and make lists of ingredients, but can also operate hands-free with your computer's webcam – good for keeping sticky fingers away from touch screens.

What's got a lot of people excited, though, is – surprise surprise – the addition of native 3D printing. What does that mean? Well, that you'll be able to print off anything just as simply as you can a paper document (maybe that should've been 'simply' in quotes, given my experience with inkjets), which could be a deal breaker as 3D printers start getting into our homes...

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Opinion 3 years ago
Princy Xavier
Princy Xavier

Some how Microsoft managed to bring Windows 8.1 into the market.It was.Windows 8.1 Released Globally on October 18, until now i have not read any negatives on it.Hope users are quite comfortable in it.The appreciable thing about Microsoft is that the windows 8.1 version is available for free for those who have already payed for Windows 8.

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Experience 3 years ago

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