Windows 8.1. Work easy. Play hard.
Get the best of work and play with the new Windows
With the new Windows, you can do more. You have more entertainment, more games, more ways to get stuff done, more ways to search, browse, and connect with the people you care about. You can entertain with Xbox, connect with Skype, work with the full power of Office, and search for something while browsing the web or finding your next favorite app in the Windows Store. And you can make Windows uniquely yours by personalizing your Start screen with Live Tiles, your own photos and the people, apps and sites that matter most.
Get a Windows 8 tablet or PC now and you can update to Windows 8.1 for free starting October 18th, 2013. This will be available through the Windows Store the same way you get app updates today.
In Windows 8.1, you’ll be able to do more to personalize the experience on your device. As people started using Windows 8, Microsoft found that people were using their Lock screens to show pictures of their families. So in Windows 8.1, you can turn your PC or tablet into a picture frame by making your Lock screen a slide show of your pictures – either locally on the device or photos from the cloud in SkyDrive. Also added is the ability to take pictures with the built-in camera right from the Lock screen without having to log in.
Windows 8.1 offers more colors and backgrounds for the Start screen – including ones with motion. You can even choose your desktop background as your Start screen background, creating a greater sense of unity and familiarity. And the Start screen in Windows 8.1 features a variety of tile sizes including a new large and new small tile, so you can organize your Start screen exactly the way you want it. It’s also even easier to name groups and rearrange tiles. You can now select multiple apps all at once, resize them, uninstall them, or rearrange them. Also, it was noticed people were accidentally moving tiles on their Start screen so in Windows 8.1, you press and hold (or right click) to move things around.
You can view all apps just by swiping from the bottom to view all apps, and you can also filter your apps by name, date installed, most used, or by category. You want the Start screen to be about all the things you love. So when you install a new app from the Windows Store, it is no longer put on your Start screen. Instead, you’ll find these apps under apps view as mentioned above and marked as “new” where you can choose to pin the apps you want to your Start screen.
In Windows 8.1, the Search charm will provide global search results powered by Bing in a rich, simple-to-read, aggregated view of many content sources (the web, apps, files, SkyDrive, actions you can take) to provide the best “answer” for your query. This will really change the way you interact with the Web and with windows making it quicker and easier to get things done. It is the modern version of the command line!
Quick actions include things you would want to do like play a song or video. Results from local files, apps, and settings are easily accessed in the same convenient view by scrolling to the left.
Apps and Windows Store
Microsoft are improving all built in apps that come with Windows 8 for Windows 8.1. For example, the Photos app now has some new editing features that lets you quickly edit or adjust photos when you view them in the Photos app or open them from other places like the Mail, SkyDrive, and Camera apps. And the Music app has been completely redesigned to help pick and play music from your collection.
There are also improvements for using multiple apps at once in Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 brings variable, continuous size of snap views. You will have more ways to see multiple apps on the screen at the same time. You can resize apps to any size you want, share the screen between two apps, or have up to four apps on screen. If you have multiple displays connected, you can have different Windows Store apps running on all the displays at the same time and the Start Screen can stay open on one monitor. This makes multi-tasking even easier. Also in Windows 8.1, you can have multiple windows of the same app snapped together – such as two Internet Explorer windows.
The improved Windows Store in Windows 8.1 is designed to show more info than in Windows 8 with detailed lists of top free apps, new releases, and picks for you on the homepage. The app listing is more descriptive and informative and includes an area for related apps to help with app discovery. Categories are listed with other app commands such as links to your apps and your account information. App updates install automatically in the background as well as they come through the Store. And search is available in the upper right hand corner for finding the apps you want.
In Windows 8.1 your files can be saved directly to SkyDrive, so you can always have your files with you. The new SkyDrive app gives you access to your files that are on your device or in the cloud, and files are accessible even when offline. Also, when you log on to your Windows 8.1 device with your Microsoft account (Outlook.com by default), your device magically becomes personalized with your settings and apps, making switching or setting up a new device really easy.
Web browsing continues to be one of the most popular activities on any device. That’s why with Windows 8.1, you also get Internet Explorer 11 (IE11). IE11 builds on the advancements in IE10 and is the only browser that is built for touch. IE11 will offer even better touch performance, faster page load times and several other new features we think you will enjoy. For example, you can now adjust the appearance of modern IE11 to always show the address bar and you can have as many open tabs as you like. And you can access your open tabs in sync across your other Windows 8.1 devices.
The updated PC Settings in Windows 8.1 gives you access to all your settings on your device without having to go to the Control Panel on the desktop. You can do things like change your display resolution, set your power options, see the make and model of your PC, change the product key, let you run Windows Update, and even join a domain – all from PC Settings. You can even manage SkyDrive from PC Settings as well and see how much available storage you have (and buy more if needed).
Better Mouse and Keyboard Options
PCs today are evolving for a world of mobile computing where people interact with their devices through touch, and Windows 8 was designed for this. But there are also many non-touch devices in use today – especially in the commercial setting. As such they have focused on a number of improvements to ensure easier navigation for people using a mouse and keyboard.
Microsoft have improved the way you navigate to Start with the mouse by changing the Start “tip” to be the familiar Windows logo. The new tip appears anytime you move the mouse to the bottom left corner of the screen, and is always visible on the taskbar when on the desktop. There are also options to change what the corners do, and options to boot into alternate screens. For example, if you prefer to see the Apps view versus all the tiles, you can choose to have the Start screen go directly to Apps view.
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It's a perfect time for a new tablet or PC
Great for work and play, Windows 8 tablets and PCs are powerful, stylish, and built to go where you go. Get a Windows 8 tablet or PC now and you can update to Windows 8.1 for free starting October 18th, 2013. This will be available through the Windows Store the same way you get app updates today.
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