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Windows 8.1 Release Review

For all the Microsoft fans out there, the world was excited to see the new Windows 8.1 update finally hit devices earlier this week. The OS has been through it’s ups and downs, but with Windows being the most used OS in the country (especially in the world of business) the release was a huge step forward for Microsoft. 

Microsoft is making a big push with 8.1 to enhance personalization with customization options. You can now change the color and background of the Start Screen to something more precise with a new color slider tool. You can also change it to a personal photo or the one that’s the background on your desktop. The lock screen can now display a slideshow of your photos.

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•Last year when Windows 8 was released, critics and fans weren’t as pleased with the OS as most had been with Windows 7. But Microsoft has shown us a great deal of changes that they hope will bring more faith to Windows 8. The company is not backtracking on concepts such as the Start screen or the “immersive UI” which presents Modern apps without the clutter of visible menus and toolbars. Yes, there is a Start button on the desktop – but it takes you to the Start screen rather than restoring the menu in Windows 7. The Start button will be a point of familiarity for new users, but its main benefit is the enhanced administrative menu (known as Win-X because of its keyboard shortcut) which pops up if you right-click, including an option to shut down.
 
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•SkyDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage, is deeply embedded in Windows 8.1. It has its own section in PC Settings, and you can opt to save all documents to SkyDrive by default. Open Notepad, for example, type something, hit save, and it goes to SkyDrive if you do not change the location. Another SkyDrive change is that the Modern SkyDrive app now works offline, sharing local storage with the Desktop version. This makes sense if you travel or regularly work on more than one machine.
 
Microsoft is making a big push with 8.1 to enhance personalization with customization options. You can now change the color and background of the Start Screen to something more precise with a new color slider tool. You can also change it to a personal photo or the one that’s the background on your desktop. The lock screen can now display a slideshow of your photos.
 
Overall, Windows 8.1 is focusing on improving the on the issues that users had been having issues with in the original 8.0 version. It’s available now for all Windows 8.0 users, completely free as an update. 
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