What is new in Windows 8.1

Download the preview http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/preview-download windows 8.1 whats new Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Enhancements Mobility Enhancements Security Enhancements Modern UI Experience Variable, Continuous Size of Snap Views You have more ways to see multiple apps on the screen at once. You can resize apps to nearly infinite sized windows, share the screen between two apps, or have up to three apps on each monitor. Boot to Desktop We have made configuration options available which will allow you to boot directly to the desktop in Windows 8.1. Desktop and Start Screen Improvements have been made to better support users who prefer a mouse and keyboard experience to access applications. These are just some of the key features available in Windows 8.1 We encourage you to test out and try these features when you evaluate Windows 8.1 for use both in your work environment as well as at home in your personal life. Please note that Windows Server 2012 R2 may be required in order for some of these features to be available.

  • Added Start Button
  • Possibility to boot directly to desktop
  • Added support for high-density displays on mobile devices
  • Virtual Keyboard will resize according to screen size
  • Global Search options via Search Charm
  • Updated Microsoft apps: Photos and Xbox Music
  • Better multitasking
  • Updated SkyDrive
  • Windows Store updated
  • Added Reading List feature

More New features and improvements:

  • 3D printing support for applicatio developers
  • Assigned Access “locks down” your Windows 8.1 PC to boot to a single app
  • Start Screen configuration can be exported to an XML file
  • Users can set up their PCs as Wi-Fi hotspots
  • NFC support in Windows 8.1 recognizs the nearest printer and prints to it
  • All versions of Windows get BitLocker encryption
  • Built-in VPN connection
  • Improved on-screen keyboard
  • Panorama capture feature in Camera
  • Touch-based office apps might arrive in Windows 8.1
  • Facebook and Flipboard official apps soon to arrive

List of included patches:

  • Authentication issues when you use Windows Store apps that declare the Enterprise Authentication capability in Windows 8.1 Preview [KB2863846]
  • Update improves Search charm performance in Windows 8.1 Preview [KB2863204]
  • Update improves SkyDrive video playback in Windows 8.1 Preview [KB2863723]
  • Windows Store app is not added to the correct category in Windows 8.1 Preview [KB2863721]