Build | Windows 8.1: What’s new?




Build | Windows 8.1: What’s new?


During special events Build 2013, Microsoft introduced a preview version of the first major upgrade Windows 8.1 . Among the major innovations support ultra-high resolution and 3D-printers (drivers and API), as well as the new official Facebook app and Flipboard. So there you go.



Most of the changes in Windows 8.1 is already evident from the start screen. It is remarkable, but at first sight it seemed that Windows 8.1 looks like Windows Phone. Not immediately mention the flexible configuration of tiles: resize, move, and grouping. To see all of your installed applications, enough svaypnut bottom up. In addition, Windows 8.1 came the ability to use desktop background as that of the home screen. Until that time, visual customization of the home screen has been limited to a set of color themes. The transition between the desktop interface and the interface Metro has become virtually invisible. Users are allowed to enter after the system boots directly to the desktop, bypassing the Start screen, or set the All Apps as your home page to the home screen. It seems that the software giant has listened to users and made a number of personalization options.


Lock screen has also changed. Now you can get quick access to the camera, take calls over Skype or display a slideshow of photos from your hard drive or a cloud service SkyDrive directly on the screen, turning your PC into an electronic picture frame.
The button “Start” returns


Microsoft is on the request of the workers returned the “Start” button in the lower left corner of the familiar. As expected, the “Start” button is optional and can be turned off. The button “Start” is back, but not its functionality. Now, she is responsible for calling the home screen of your desktop and return back. Thus, we have the button from the sidebar Charms Bar. However, not all that bad. In tandem with the regime All Apps button “Start” is a kind of Quick Access Toolbar. If you click on the button “Start” RMB pop-up command line, and also offer a way to “off” or “reset” the system.
Multiple applications on one screen, support for multiple monitors and technology Miracast


One of the distinguishing features of Windows 8.1 is to work with multiple applications simultaneously. This means that can be run simultaneously three or four applications, not just two, which can be arranged side by side in the same proportions, but not in the ratio 30/70, as in Windows 8. As for the 7 – and 8-inch plate, there are two users can run the application in landscape mode 50/50.

In Windows 8.1 was significantly improved with multiple displays. You can run multiple applications and broadcast them on the set of screens. It should be noted that the interface and Metro initial screen are no longer tied to a single monitor. For wireless connections should find monitors that support the technology Miracast.

In Windows 8, the settings are grouped into two different angles: the first part was in a menu interface Metro, and the second – in the “Control Panel.” In Windows 8.1, Microsoft has gathered all the settings in one place.


Search in Windows 8.1 has been completely redesigned. Through deep integration with the search engine Bing search results are displayed on a variety of sources, both on PCs and on the web. A new interface for the convenience of Bing Heroes displays information on search queries with pictures and videos. When you hover over a link on a Web search interface shows a thumbnail of the site.
Shop Windows Store

Shop Windows Store has an updated design with an informative list of available purchases and downloads. There was a lot of categories and lists. Added recommendations: that is next to the application that searches the user with a list of recommended counterparts.


Most applications in Windows 8.1 have been improved, but not all included in the provisional version. For example, improvements in the email application do not work yet, but Microsoft promises that to the output of the final version of Windows 8.1 all will be corrected.


The software giant promises a convenient sorting of letters and a simpler interface. One feature still works correctly – it allows you to open the attached photo or link next to the open letter.


Improved well as work with photos. The application for working with photos added many new tools that allow you to change the hue, saturation, contrast, brightness, shadows, remove red eye, or crop the pictures. There are also a lot of effects and filters to suit every taste.
Thanks to the Photosynth, which is part of the application, “Camera”, you can create spherical panoramas.


The new version of Internet Explorer 11 is much faster page loads, there is support for WebGL and the ability to create individual tiles that can be taken to the start screen for quick access to RSS. Microsoft has filled the gap and made the tabs in sync devices running Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone.

Unfortunately, there are still two versions of IE 11: desktop and Metro, and the tabs are not synchronized. The new version of the browser will be able to recognize the phone number on the website. We should also mention the function of Reading List, which is a repository for interesting bookmarks as usual tiles, sorted by time of addition.


The new version update also appeared Xbox Music and Video, which offer quickly find and buy the right content. In Xbox Music features worth noting Radio, allowing you to create playlists based on personal preferences.

New applications in Windows 8.1 with a short head: “Alarm Clock”, “calculator”, “Voice”, “Fitness and Health”, “Food and Beverages” and so on.


It is worth noting that the application is “Food and Beverages” is a kind of recipe book and offers a fairly convenient mode of governance – without touching the screen with your fingers. It uses a camera. It is interesting to see how this works in practice.

At present it is difficult to say whether Windows 8.1 to win the hearts of those who does not like Windows 8. Most of the changes have made the software giant’s operating system easier to use. In general, all these updates will make Windows 8.1 is much better for the owners of tablets and ultrabooks with touch screens. As far as the update will help the new Microsoft operating system remains to be seen.


Windows 8.1 can download here .

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