What’s new in Windows 8.1
Microsoft built Windows 8 to bring a modern computing experience for today’s modern businesses and to help professionals stay connected to their colleagues and clients from anywhere, anytime. Windows 8.1 advances this vision and introduces new manageability, mobility, security, user experience and networking capabilities that will be available later this year.
Search once. Go anywhere.
A single search now brings you results from your PC, your apps, and the web. See results in a clean, graphic view that lets you take immediate action and launch apps. Search, click, and do. Find a song and start playing it, or find a video and watch it right away.
More apps to love – An app page in the Windows Store
The Windows Store has a new look which makes it easier to discover and download new apps. The apps that are included with Windows 8.1 Preview let you do impressive things. For example, with Reading List you can save articles and stories across apps and devices, and the updated Photos app gives you fast and fun editing.
Make it yours
Set up a slide show on your lock screen by picking your favourite pictures. Arrange information on your Start screen so it’s just the way you want it. Choose from more tile sizes, more colours and more backgrounds—including animated backgrounds.
Fast, full-screen browsing with Internet Explorer 11
When you get Windows 8.1 Preview, you also experience the new Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer 11 Preview is built for touch, with faster load times, a full-screen experience that includes side-by-side browsing of your sites, and real-time info delivered on your Start screen through live tiles for your favorite sites.
Built–in cloud storage
SkyDrive is now the default location for saving documents. So you always have your files wherever you go, even when you’re offline. And with the included SkyDrive app, you can manage both local files and SkyDrive files in one place.
Be one of the first to try it
Windows 8.1—a free update to Windows 8—is coming later this year, and a pre-release version is available now for you to try. Windows 8.1 has new ways for you to personalise your PC and includes a wave of new apps and services.
Click here to download Windows 8.1 Preview: