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    Windows 8 vs Windows 8.1? Is it same or have something new?

    As you remember Microsoft released Windows 8 on October 26, 2012. With Windows 8, Microsoft tries to change radically how we use our PC by integrating touch interface on its core. But they failed. It might be the people or the age we are living. Where 99.99% desktop has not any touch feature in its display and chances of having it in near future in very small, we didn’t see any reason behind Microsoft’s effort to feed people touch.
    So on October 17, 2013 they released a modified version or upgrade version of Windows 8 adding a ‘.1’ with the name instead of a Service Pack. So again many people were left puzzled why they do it like the name change of MS Office program to Office 365.

    What are the changes in Windows 8.1?
    Last year's Windows 8 was a brand-new tablet like operating system aimed at making touch-screen devices and Windows devices that could convert between touch and keyboard/mouse modes, easier to use. But it makes people confuse by that. So as expected Windows 8.1 has numerous changes including a software patch of sorts to last year's OS. There are some differences, but most of them seem to exist to appeal to more-traditional PC users -- those who want more of a return to the traditional Windows experience. Here is a list of changes you can do in Windows 8.1 what lacks in Windows 8:

    - The long-lost Start button is back
    - You can boot directly into Desktop mode instead of the tile-based app user interface
    - You can snap more apps side-by-side for better multitasking
    - There's also better cross-system search, along with search that ties into cloud-based SkyDrive storage

    Windows 8.1 system requirements

    But don’t get too excited to see the Start Button in Windows 8.1. The annoying absence of a Start button made easy-access navigation on Windows 8 a confusing chore. Microsoft’s decision to kill the Start menu, though bold, has been met with protest from both consumer and enterprise users, so the company has partially relented. The Start button is back; the Start menu isn’t. It just provides a shortcut to the tile menu. However, right-clicking it brings up a contextual menu with additional options.

    Windows 8.1 users can even boot directly to the desktop, bypassing the Start screen entirely. Surprisingly this feature was absent in Windows 8. Honestly speaking so many people install Windows 8 and go back to Windows 7 just because of this problem.

    Windows 8.1 also adds Large and Small tiles in Metro mode, the former taking up as much space as four regular tiles, and the latter taking up a quarter of the same. This simple change significantly enhances user customization; indeed, a user on a desktop machine might make the new “apps view” largely irrelevant through obsessive use of small tiles.

    Multi-tasking is another feature that Microsoft has always made hay over, comparing itself to devices like the iPad which can only run one app at a time. Windows 8.1 attempts to broaden this gap by taking split view a step further, allowing the use of numerous apps on devices with large displays and customization of each app’s size. Even the desktop can be opened in split view. Not all apps opened in this way are actually useful, and opening split view can be a pain, particularly for those users lacking touch.

    Internet Explorer 11 adds the support for permanent tabs, support for infinite tabs, some general performance enhancements and after the end of the day I love Google Chrome!

    How to customize Windows 8.1 Start Menu

    How much Windows 8.1 costs?
    For existing Windows 8 users, Windows 8.1 is a free upgrade. Just go the app store if you're a Windows 8 user, and start downloading. If you're still using Windows 7 or an even earlier version of Windows, it can be bought for $120, or $200 for the business-targeted pro version. To upgrade check out Microsoft Store now.

    Is Windows 8.1 worth upgrading from Windows 8?
    I have to be honest to answer this question. If Windows 8 has ten flaws then Windows 8.1 has two less. So if you are upgrading from Windows 7 or earlier then you can skip Windows 8.1 without any second though. All of Microsoft's tweaks have made big improvement in usability. If you are happy with Windows 8 then you may or may not upgrade, that’s your choice. This first revision of Windows 8 takes several steps in the right direction. We’re happy to see the Start button is back, but we want a complete Start Menu not just an icon. We also like the improved personalization options, love the new search function, and appreciate the small tweaks that make Windows 8.1 a smoother, more approachable operating system.

    Microsoft is still a long way from producing a version of Windows 8 that users will want to own. What we are expecting now is more straight approach for Desktop users. After all Windows is the leader in this field. Don’t spoil this by following Android and Apple blindly. But I am happy that Microsoft has taken the right approach with Windows 8.1. It has recognized its operating system's weakest points and addressed the issues. No, it's not an update with many stand-out features, but it represents a real refinement of what was already a strong OS. But to solve the self-made problem of one year ago Microsoft in now forced to change the name of Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. Because Windows 8 didn’t worked for us.


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