Ten Features to Like About Windows 8.1

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Improved Start Screen

Windows 8.1 offers a number of changes to the Start screen first introduced in Windows 8. Specifically, you can now choose from a wider variety of sizes for the tiles: small, medium, wide and large. And it’s not just for show, either: Apps can take advantage of the large sizes to display more information. Moreover, the Start screen now has the same background as the Desktop, which makes switching between them a far less jarring experience. Just as importantly, practically all the configuration options from the control panel have finally made it into PC Settings, greatly reducing the confusion about where they can be found.

Released last year, Windows 8 is an important operating platform for organizations that are invested in the Windows ecosystem. Under the hood, the new operating system from Microsoft delivers substantial security improvements and faster boot times, even as it integrates new features such as full touch support and the Windows Store for fuss-free downloading and installation of apps.

We can’t deny, however, that its take-up has been relatively muted. To address criticisms from both consumers and businesses, Microsoft has made a notable number of changes in the free Windows 8.1 update. The usual stability enhancements aside, check out the top 10 things to like about Windows 8.1.


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