A preview of Windows 8.1

Microsoft has uploaded a video on YouTube showing the highlights of what to expect in Windows 8.1 which is coming later this year as a free update for Windows 8 customers.


Learning from customer feedback and on how they’re using Windows 8, Microsoft added a slew of new features and enhancements on the upcoming Windows 8.1 update. Below are some of the features to expect:

  • The lockscreen is now a cloud-powered photo frame which shows images sourced from your PC, Skydrive or Windows Phone.
  • New tile sizes. Tile sizes can be larger or smaller for a more efficient start screen.
  • Improved All Apps screen. From the start screen, swipe up to reveal the list of all apps installed on the PC.
  • New personalization options. You can now choose from a wider range of colors for your Windows theme.
  • Motion Accents – an animated start screen wallpaper that moves as you swipe (similar to the Sony Xperia animated wallpapers).
  • Start button is back on desktop mode.
  • New Windows search feature for a more curated app-like experience that brings everything that is on the PC and on the web into one place.
  • Better Skydrive integration.
  • Better multi-tasking experience. You can display up to four apps on the screen at once.

For a better understanding of the features mentioned above, watch the video below:

For those who want to give Windows 8.1 a spin, Microsoft will be releasing a Preview version of the OS on June 26.

8 Comments on this Post

  1. Quacker

    Interesting, they brought back the Start button on Desktop

  2. lockon

    Is that the start button at 2:12?

  3. I really think WIndows 8 has potential. Looking forward to this update!

  4. nice move microsoft!

  5. emansky

    I personally love Windows 8. I have no problem with it.. and this just made it better :)

  6. Justin

    A question from a (still) Windows 7 user: So if I installed Windows 8, and MS releases 8.1, will my OS get the update automatically, for free, via Windows Updates, perhaps? Or do I have to pay MS again for the 8.1 update?

    • Justin

      Ah… nevermind. I just saw my answer on the 1st paragraph.

  7. Hi,
    Any reviews on the all in one desktops in the market today with the huge touch screens? Looking for one actually for the home office. TIA!


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