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Published: June 20, 2013 | Applies to:

This article will give you detailed overview about Windows 8.1 features and let you decide is Windows 8.1 a better OS for you.

There is new OS coming in the town and its Windows 8.1. Many of you have heard about this update for Windows 8. Today in this article, I’m going to give detailed overview about this update. Windows 8.1 will be purely concentrated for Windows 8 existing users. We’re going to discuss about this whole drama in this article.

Windows 8.1 was codenamed as “Windows Blue”. Codename is given to the software which is in the development phase. When the development is over, developers give a new name to the stable copy. Here it is given as Windows 8.1. According to the experts, it is considered as service pack to Windows 8.

Why : Windows 8.1?

Back to the October 2012, Microsoft launched its first touch operating system named as Windows 8. But after the release, the new users are facing kinda issues on this operating system. Many guys are saying that the operating system is buggy. Moreover, many users have downgraded to Windows 7 after trying Windows 8, which was completely against the Microsofts strategy.

Add to these, Windows 8 wasn’t able to impress the PC Market sellers. So to meet out such issues, Microsoft has finally decided to provide an update to its first touch OS. Windows 8.1 will be a free update which will be available in the last week of June 2013. Some days ago, Microsoft has confirmed that they will release the Preview Build of Windows 8.1 on 26th June 2013, at BUILD Developer Conference in San Francisco.

Microsoft has also confirmed that the Public Preview of Windows 8.1 will be released for both Windows 8 and Windows RT users. The final RTM version of Windows 8.1 will be released at the end of this year. It might release to market in October 2013.

Windows 8.1 Features

According to the official source, we’re about to get a bunch of new features in Windows 8.1. The best part of this update is that you don’t need to pay for anything. Like you download and install Windows Updates, you can install Windows 8.1 as an update. I have summarized some of the key features that we’re about to get in Windows 8.1.

1. In Windows 8.1, users will now be able to display personal pictures on your lock screen. You can even turn your lock screen into a slide show, by sourcing the photographs locally or from your SkyDrive account.

2. Windows 8.1 will also add the ability to take pictures with the built-in camera right from the Lock screen without having to log in. You can even set your desktop wallpaper as your start screen background.

The start screen also introduces a new large and a new small tile size. You have news to organize your tiles, name tile groups, select them, resize or rearrange them all and more. To avoid accidental tile movements, you will now need to press and hold (or right-click) to move things around.

Windows 8.1 also gives you the ability to filter your apps by name, date installed, most used, or by category.

3. The Start Button debut is over and Microsoft committed that Windows is incomplete without it. They are going to restore it in Windows 8.1.

4. PC Settings will now give you access to all the settings and you will no longer need to open the Control Panel.

5. Microsoft has made configuration options available which will allow you to boot directly to the desktop in Windows 8.1. This has made Modern UI optional.

6. Windows 8.1 is going to provide you Internet Explorer 11. Internet Explorer 11 improvements include faster page load times, side-by-side browsing of your sites, enhanced pinned site notifications, and app settings like favorites, tabs and settings sync across all your Windows 8.1 PCs. Internet Explorer 11 now includes capability that enables an antimalware solution to scan the input for a binary extension before it’s passed onto the extension for execution.

7. All built-in Windows apps will be improved and new features will be added. Windows 8.1 introduces 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 three apps on each screen.

8. The Windows Store in Windows 8.1 will show more information now. It will display detailed lists of top free apps, new releases, and picks for you on the homepage.

9. In Windows 8.1, the Search charm will now provide global search results powered by Bing in a rich, simple-to-read, aggregated view.

10. Windows 8.1 will allow users to disable hot corners such as Charms Bar and recent app switch list. These hot corners stuff appear when you move your mouse cursor to top-left or top-right corners of screen.

These are the hot spot features which will house Windows 8.1. Interested readers can deeply read about them on TechNet.

Windows 8.1 : First Look

To see out Windows 8.1 in action, Microsoft has revealed the following video to impress the users. This video explores some of the new customization introduced in the update. Have a look:

So in the nutshell, Windows 8.1 is going to must have for Windows 8. We’re really excited about this and like to hear your voice as well!


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13 Comments

  • Sir we are really excited to get this. Is there any info about update size?

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ It could be about 1.5 GB :)

  • Windows 8 is hell like shit! I wont be satisfied until I got Windows 8 :P

  • This is what I’m wanting to see and just how they re did the “improvements” …………… Too bad they won’t bring back the W7 Aero, Windows 8 has no sparkle anymore, Personal computers are just that , personal. I use a 27″ Samsung attached to my laptop, and have no need or the reach to touch anything, I don’t have a Iphone, or any cell phone so I’m not into touching that either. If I ever did find a need for one than that would be what I needed to touch, not my big screen 5 feet away.

    Boot to Desktop

    We have made configuration options available which will allow you to boot directly to the desktop in Windows 8.1.
    Desktop and Start Screen

    Improvements have been made to better support users who prefer a mouse and keyboard experience to access applications.

  • Is windows boot animation is also changed?

    It will nice to see the new animated boot screen with windows 8.1.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ No changes to be expected as far as boot screen is concerned :)

  • no, no.

    Windows 7 is OK.

  • What if I don’t use apps and have no desire to. Or, if I don’t have/want a touchscreen? How is this any improvement?

    I don’t understand why this technology is essentially being forced down my throat.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ In that case, you can stick to Windows 7. Agreed! It’s been forced, but this is essential so that every Windows user have the latest iteration.

  • Win 8.1 makes minute changes to win8, then slaps a new security on it and tadda! you have a new windows! it only really helps tablets, imho and is mainly designed to keep hackers from giving away win8 . Win8 & win8.1 DO NOT allow you to have gadgets anymore (MAJOR BUMMER!!! I like knowing how hot my cpu/gpu are and the uptime gadgets were cool too… not to mention sever others had their great many uses… I really was hoping aps would fill this void but they are for idiots that use the computer to text someone about their new shoes not for doing anything important or relevant it seems. thx but win8 sux… win7 rules!… still…. ship out another crappy os and i’ll go to a Linux based os n do away with windows all together… hmmm that’s not a bad idea.. maybe i’ll run win on a vm . … that wouldn’t be such a bad thing.. then I could design my own gadgets… i’m liking this idea more and more..

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Gadgets were removed because they were comparatively less used by users. Add to this, Windows team is busy in developing Modern art things and is currently focused on it, so they don’t have the time for enhancing classic gadgets. However, you can bring them back if you like:

    http://www.kapilarya.com/how-to-bring-gadgets-sidebar-to-windows-8-1-preview

  • sir should I get windows 8.1 from windows store ?

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Yep, it’s recommended!

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