What’s new in Windows 8.1


Windows 8.1 is a free update to eligible Windows 8 users via clicking on the Store tab. It aims to improve the vast areas of complaints in Windows 8 and provides additional features including built-in support for 3d printing and Miracast Display sharing. This article will present some of the changes in this new update.

The ‘Start’ button is back – The return of the ‘start’ button has been widely requested by Windows consumers. The start button can once again be found in the traditional left hand corner of the screen. This button will bring you to the metro interface, showing all your applications in a grid view. Can’t find the program you’re looking for? Simply just start typing in the name of the program that you were looking for and a list of results will show up. Having said that, this brings us to the next great feature in Windows 8.

Improved in-built search –  Microsoft has put a lot of effort into it’s search optimization features. When searching with metro, a list of files, programs and even possible actions will be in the search results. This means by typing in ‘Mozart’, you are able to play songs directly from the search results.

Boot straight to desktop – Formerly in Windows 8, we were stuck with booting directly to the Metro interface. This was quite confusing for some users who wanted the traditional desktop. Windows 8.1 now gives you an option to boot straight to the desktop without seeing the metro interface at all. Stay tuned for our blog post of how to do this.

Improved Multitasking – Windows 8.1 allows you to view up to 4 applications per monitor, that is, if the developer allows it and your screen resolution is compatible. This means if you are using 2 monitors, it may be possible to view up to 8 applications simultaneously.

New Play Store – The play store application has changed visually to improve the user interface. In addition to this, installed applications are automatically updated to minimise pesky notifications. Categories have been enhanced to help you search for what you’re looking for.

how do we get Windows 8.1?

For eligible users, Windows 8.1 will available through the Windows Store app. Need help getting it done? Get in contact with Restart!



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