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It's a free download if you already have Windows 8

Microsoft unleashed its new Windows 8.1 operating system today, which promises deeper customization, updated apps and more. 

Microsoft has made Windows 8.1 available for download starting at 7 a.m. EST today, and it will roll out around the globe over the next 24 hours. The boxed version will be available in retail stores starting tomorrow, as well as brand-new devices that already have the OS pre-installed. 

Those with Windows 8 will see various changes in the move to 8.1, such as greater customization. Windows 8.1 brings new background color options as well as different sizing of live tiles. 

If you've been missing the familiar and ever-beloved Start button in the lower lefthand corner of your taskbar, fear not: Windows 8.1 brought it back. But it doesn't function in the traditional sense -- it just sends you back to the tile-based Windows 8 Start environment. But if you want to avoid the live tiles altogether, Windows 8.1 will let you boot up in Desktop mode instead. 


Microsoft said multitasking is also easier in Windows 8.1, as users can now have up to four apps side by side and adjust the window size of each one to their specifications. 

Other changes include a better-integrated Sky Drive, where smart files can can be created, edited, saved and shared at anytime; the updated Bing Smart Search, which has two new apps called "Food & Drink" and "Health & Fitness"; built-in support for 3D printing; updates to built-in apps like Mail, News, Weather, Finance, Sports and Travel, and a Windows Store redesign (it now has a "New & Rising" section). 

Microsoft is celebrating its new OS with a Twitter contest, if any DT readers would care to join. Simply take a screenshot of your new Start screen in Windows 8.1 after updating, and tweet it with the hashtag "MyStart." Microsoft will choose 810 winners per day for the next eight days, and each winner will receive a $10 promotional Windows Store gift card.

Many say Windows 8.1 is a must if you've already bought Windows 8, as it offers improvements over the original. But if you're still running Windows 7 and previous, and still aren't comfortable with the new UI in the Windows 8 ecosystem, it's still a pretty big shift from the traditional UI. 

The Windows 8.1 download is free if you already have a licensed copy of Windows 8 installed. Otherwise, it'll cost you $120 for the standard version and $200 for Windows 8.1 Pro. You can grab the free download here on your Windows 8 device. 

Source: Windows Blog



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RE: Some nice new features
By inighthawki on 10/17/2013 1:09:56 PM , Rating: 3
This makes no sense. You cannot just discount a feature/improvement (whatever you want to call it) because it doesn't apply directly to you. Not everyone has a DX11.2 compatible video card, so should that not count in the list of new features? Not everyone has a miracast compatible display, should that not be counted in the list of features? Not everyone has an SSD or high speed hard drive to add to the storage spaces pool for tiering, should that not count in the list of features?

You're never going to find a new OS where every feature or improvement applies to every user. That's why there is investment in different areas of the OS. Some benefit more than others. Either way, regardless of whether or not YOU use a battery, improved battery life is a major selling point for the average user.


RE: Some nice new features
By Mitch101 on 10/17/2013 1:49:20 PM , Rating: 2
Your not exactly paying for it either.

Windows 8.1 will be officially released in a month on October 18, 2013 (that's actually 12:00am on October 18th in New Zealand, so 4:00 a.m. PT 7:00 a.m. ET on October 17). Those who are already running Windows 8 will receive the upgrade to 8.1 for free , but those will on Windows 7 and below will need to pay for the pleasure to use the new Start Screen.


RE: Some nice new features
By lexluthermiester on 10/18/2013 10:41:49 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
but those still on Windows 7 and below will need to pay for the unpleasantness of using the new Start Screen.


There you go, fixed that for ya.


RE: Some nice new features
By lexluthermiester on 10/18/2013 11:10:36 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
You cannot just discount a feature/improvement (whatever you want to call it) because it doesn't apply directly to you.


Well it DOES apply to me. And I'm not going to sacrifice the niceties of Windows 7 and deal with the crap UI of 8 so I can get an improvement of 4% battery life on my laptop...

quote:
Either way, regardless of whether or not YOU use a battery, improved battery life is a major selling point for the average user.


Major selling point? Really? 4% is a major selling point? I think not...


RE: Some nice new features
By inighthawki on 10/19/2013 5:06:17 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Well it DOES apply to me. And I'm not going to sacrifice the niceties of Windows 7 and deal with the crap UI of 8 so I can get an improvement of 4% battery life on my laptop...

We're not talking about Windows 7, we're talking about the features and improvements that are provided compared to Windows 8.

quote:
Major selling point? Really? 4% is a major selling point? I think not...

First, please provide a reference to where you got 4%.
Secondly yes, any improvement in battery life is always a major selling point of an OS. 4% or 40%, it's an improvements, and that is a selling point.


RE: Some nice new features
By lexluthermiester on 10/20/2013 2:55:08 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
We're not talking about Windows 7, we're talking about the features and improvements that are provided compared to Windows 8.


The original post we have been replying to directly implied the difference of battery life between Windows 7 and 8/8.1. So my response to YOU about battery life is valid. Learn how to read...

quote:
First, please provide a reference to where you got 4%.


Easy enough, I ran battery life tests on my personal laptop, using Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 RTM and most recently 8.1 preview. The largest difference was 4%[8.1 was 4% better than 7]. 8 RTM was 3%.

quote:
Secondly yes, any improvement in battery life is always a major selling point of an OS. 4% or 40%, it's an improvements, and that is a selling point.


Again, you need to learn proper contextual comprehension. The statement I made was that the trade-off of 4% better battery life is NOT worth giving up the well loved attributes of 7 that one looses when moving from 7 to 8/8.1. So no, a 4% improvement in battery life is not a selling point in THIS situation. Do you understand, or do I need to use more basic and simplified vocabulary?


RE: Some nice new features
By inighthawki on 10/20/2013 7:35:11 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The original post we have been replying to directly implied the difference of battery life between Windows 7 and 8/8.1.

Actually no, it wasn't, because it was MY post.

quote:
Again, you need to learn proper contextual comprehension. The statement I made was that the trade-off of 4% better battery life is NOT worth giving up the well loved attributes of 7 that one looses when moving from 7 to 8/8.1.

Yes, I saw that, but again this wasn't the point. It is a direct upgrade to Windows 8, which was the original argument. 8->8.1 is better battery life. Non debatable. You need to learn to read cause there is nothing about Windows 7 here.

But if you want to go that route then yes, it IS still a selling point, but it is a tradeoff. Learn to read bro, it'll help you make actual arguments.


RE: Some nice new features
By lexluthermiester on 10/23/2013 12:00:22 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Actually no, it wasn't, because it was MY post.


True, but YOUR post was a response to "tayb"'s original post , which included;

quote:
If you weren't happy with Windows 8 you aren't going to be happy with Windows 8.1.


which implied that those who like 7 will not have any reason to switch over, which is what I was alluding to in response to YOU .

quote:
Learn to read bro, it'll help you make actual arguments.


What was that you were saying, BRO? And would you like help extracting that foot from your mouth?


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