Windows 8.1 is the advanced version of windows 8, developed by Microsoft. This is mostly intended to be used on personal computers, business desktops, tablets, laptops and moreover in home theatre PCs. Several improvements are being provided in this version. The idea and development of windows 8 has started prior to release of Windows 7.
Features and specifications
The updates that are being shown about window 8 or 8.1 remains touch forward. It makes concession to the mouse and keyboard users. It is basically designed to work on small as well as large display screens. The use of Sky drive and search like features are greatly used. It is mostly intended to have an internet driven platform. Apart from this it also provides installed applications. The swapping from the start screen to desktop is provided in a grouped manner. There is no specific start menu provided and the start button acts like the back button.
SkyDrive and search feature
The most striking features are the revisions of SkyDrive and the search. However the one that gets further attention is the start logo that always remains visible if the user is working in the desktop mode. Microsoft has developed these features based on the existing products like info gleaned and roadmap. First of all, it studied and reviewed about the do’s of the users on windows 8 and after that it changed the features. The studies showed about 90 percent users use the built in search function. So Microsoft made the access easier. Now the user can launch the search option by just clicking on windows plus S key. It does not require one to go through the charms. Now it is specifically a universal search box and makes deep use of application data and web.
It is one of the cloud storage service provided by Microsoft. It was already available in windows 8. But in windows 8.1 it is in far more systematic and available in integrated manner. Each and every file is provided with the option of saving to device or in Sky Drive. The application developers can have advantage as there are no additional settings to store files. To keep the devices from filling up, Microsoft provides an option in which those files that are not explicitly signed in offline can be handled by company calls “placeholders“. The icons and file names are visible but are not actually stored inside.
Navigation: faster and easier
Another noticeable change is an overhaul meant that makes the navigation faster and easier than the traditional users. In windows 8, the icons are present on the left most part of the screen and they navigate to the start button, when the mouse is summon to it. That has been changed in windows 8.1. It somehow looks like the traditional one. The mini start icon on screen has been replaced by the windows logo icon. It always remains visible in the task bar.
There are a lot more to come in windows 8.1. One can have a photo from the lock screen and adjust all the settings of PC only at one place. The onscreen keyboard has made the use more comfortable. As the applications are automatically updated, so it is an advantage to the user. Windows 8.1 is radically different and has overcome many disadvantages of its previous version.