Windows 8.1 Features: Microsoft Details What's New In The Latest OS Update

Microsoft has confirmed that the preview version of the Blue update to Windows 8 will be revealed at the Microsoft Build developer conference which is to happen June 26 - June 28. There have been plenty of rumors and speculations about the new product.

It won't be necessary to wonder whether they are true or not as the tech-giant has been leaking the details about the features of the update at the Coputex Taipei 2013. Previously, Brandon LeBlanc of Microsoft, in blog post mentioned the changes that are implemented with the new update.

Windows 8.1: Microsoft Details Features Of  The Latest OS Update

To start things off, the final build will be available as a free update for Windows 8 users. Windows 8.1will bring enhancements to key areas including personalization, search, the built-in apps, Windows Store experience, and cloud connectivity.


You can turn your PC or tablet into a picture frame by making your Lock screen a slide show of your pictures. The pictures can either be from local drives or Sky drives.

Users will be able to take pictures with the built-in camera right from the Lock screen, without the requirement to log in.

The update will bring more colors and backgrounds for the Start screen. It also brings motion backgrounds.

You will have a choice of setting up your desktop background as your Start screen background.

The Start screen in Windows 8.1 features a variety of tile sizes including a new large and new small tile, allowing you to better organize your Start screen.

You will now be able to view all the apps just by swiping from the bottom to view all apps. Various filters have been added, so you can find more apps easily. Newly installed apps will no longer be added to Start screen, they will directly put up on the apps view.

People who do not like the Interface of the Windows 8 homescreen can start their computers directly to Desktop mode, bypassing the Metrofied Start screen.


Windows 8.1 will come with the search charm (powered by Bing) which will provide you with global search results.

Apps, Start Button and Windows Store

The update will bring several improvements to built in apps. brand new apps also to be added in the future.

You will be able to resize apps to any size you want and in turn can run multiple apps on the screen at the same time.

The update brings back the much appreciated Start button. But, rather then opening up the classic Windows Start Menu, it takes back to the tiled homescreen. The button stays hidden on the left-hand corner of the screen, hovering your mouse over the aria reviles it.

Windows Store for Windows 8.1 has been completely redesigned to be more descriptive and informative. Also, new serch options make finding apps easy.

App updates will now install automatically in the background. They can also be manually updated through the store.
Cloud Connectivity:

Windows 8.1 lets you save files directly to your SkyDrive. The new SkyDrive app gives you access to your files that are on your device or in the cloud. The files are accessible even when you are offline.

PC Settings

The PC setting have been updated to hold all the settings of the system. This will save you the time of going to control Panel.

Internet Explorer:

Internet Explorer for Windows 8.1has been updated to IE11, will now come with better touch performance, faster page load times and several other new features. Also, several design changes, like the automatic hiding of the address bar, have been made to the browser.

These are just some of the changes that have been reviled by the tech giant. The company has said that it will soon be detailing the other features of the update. Gizbot will keep you posted regarding this.

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