Seeing that there was a need for better management and integration of high-power applications; Microsoft has launched a new version of the operating system. It is Windows 8.1 and is both designed for the casual users and business professionals. Those who are using Windows 8 can avail the free upgrade to Windows 8.1 OS from the Windows App Store.
Features of Windows 8.1 Operating System
1. Boot To desktop & Start Button
The start button and the booth to desktop features are new and were not available previously. A user can right click on the start button and make use of different options within it. A long menu is displayed on the screen through which he can get access Task Manager, Control Manager, Device Manager, Search, CMD prompt and many others as well.
2. Innovative Snap View
One of the truly handy and innovative features is the Snap View. In Windows 8, a user could only run one or two applications side by side due to the limited size of the resolution screen. But in Windows 8.1, the screen resolution has increased to 2560 x 1440 pixels, so four applications can be viewed simultaneously.
3. Updated and New Default Applications
Improvements have been made in applications like Xbox Music, Skype and Photos and Mail. If we look at the X-box feature, then we will see that it has been redesigned to suit the choices of the user relative to music. The choices include Radio, Collection and Store. In fact a person can filter songs by artist’s name, album and title, and then sort it by date, genre, alpha and artist too.
As far as Photos are concerned, a user can edit photos. He can apply Instagram filters, adjust light and contrast settings, and do cropping as well. On the other side, through the Mail application a user can drag and drop emails between the folders respectively. Lastly, the Skype application displays a notification at the top of the lock screen whenever an instant message or an incoming call is coming up. This enables the user to answer without logging into the desktop or laptop. Moreover, a person can send images or files and that Skype will snap to a side window if a link is opened through it.
4. Bing Applications and New Windows Explorer
Different applications have been introduced within Bing and they include Maps, Travel, Weather, Food & Drink, Health & Fitness, News, Sports and Finance. The Bing Finance enables a user to add and monitor his portfolio holdings. The utility features include a newly designed Calculator application, XPS, Calendar, Reader for PDF, TIFF files, Sound Recorder and Scan as well. The Alarm application can be used either as a stopwatch or a timer too.
The Windows Explorer has got a new layout and a person can use multiple tabs and, that these tiles scroll besides the bottom and near to the address bar for easy access. The browser supports WebGL as well.
5. Newly Designed Windows Store
In the newly designed Windows Store, a user will notice one big featured application that alters between many application choices. Then in the ‘Picks for You’ feature, on rolling or swiping to the right displays large thumbnails for Top paid and Top Free sections and PopularNow and New applications respectively. The best part is that a person does not need to go through many categories but he can invoke his preferred categories by swiping from the top or bottom to reveal the application bar.
The single application page has been remodeled for better usage. A user can view a three panel view consisting of description of the application on the left, application screenshots in the middle and the reviews or ratings on the right.