Ten Features to Like About Windows 8.1

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3D Printing Support Built-In

One feature that is less apparent is the addition of support for 3D printers in Windows 8.1. 3D printing in Windows 8.1 has been designed as an extension of the Windows 2D printing model, and shares the same underlying driver model, app interface and pipeline. Moreover, a new “3D Manufacturing Format” was also created for Windows 8.1 to serve as the foundation for 3D manufacturing, including third-party extensibility to support various 3D printers. Ultimately, the support for 3D printing means that the Windows operating system is ready for the day when we all have 3D printers sitting on our desk.

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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