Microsoft has officially launched the Windows 8.1 Preview version at the Build Developer Conference that took place in San Francisco yesterday. The previous version certainly did impress a lot of consumers but had its downsides too. The totally new outlook somewhat baffled users as they were used to the beloved classic look of Windows that was enhanced over the years.
The Start Button Returns
There are some things when it comes to the user experience that should just not be changed with time. The Start button is one of those for Windows users. Windows 8 lacked the ever-popular Start button which frustrated many consumers and forced many others from upgrading to the new OS. Microsoft has now brought back the Start button in Windows 8.1 in an attempt to appease the users.
However, the Start Menu is still very sorely missed. There is an App Screen which isn’t exactly the same thing but in a way makes up for the Start Menu. It consists of a list of all the apps you want to use without the hassle of going to Metro UI that is always full of live tiles.
SkyDrive Gets Seriously Integrated With Windows 8.1
Another fix that has been introduced in Windows 8.1 is the ability to resize the screen when working with two Windows Store App windows. Users can now work with over 4 windows side by side without having the screen stuck on only one like it did in the previous version. Windows 8.1 has also introduced a new feature, SkyDrive which is the official cloud for Microsoft and can now be used to sync all your documents and files.
You can also use the app to edit your photos with the newly introduced filters that SkyDrive is integrated with. With Windows 8.1, you can easily manage the settings without facing any confusion that the previous version was famous for because of lacking direct access to Control Panel.
Installation Knows No Bounds Anymore
In Windows 8.1, you can install a certain app on as many devices as your heart desires. Also, the store is now prioritized by the recommendations a certain app has rather than by categories (categories are still available to those who prefer them). The updates of apps are automatically installed on your computer. Another great addition is the new Search tool. Using this, you can not only search your own PC, but also the web for anything relevant to the keyword provided.
Is Windows 8.1 Better Than the Original Window 8?
There are other updates as well that make this version tons better than the original Windows 8. You can now use Internet Explorer 11 to open multiple tabs and sync your bookmarks between different devices. There is an app that focuses on your music collection as well as a radio feature.
The full version is set to be released at the end of this year. Hopefully, users will appreciate all the little fixes and tweaks that Windows 8.1 offers. It is highly likely that Windows 8.1 will be much more popular among the masses than the original Windows 8 (at least that is what Microsoft hopes) because Microsoft has paid a lot of attention to addressing all the issues that were restraining the users from upgrading to Windows 8.
Download Windows 8.1 Preview
You can download the Windows 8.1 Preview version from the official link provided below: