After releasing Windows 8, Microsoft decided to improve it and release what is better and has more new features which is Windows 8.1 to allow its users to get all what they want and satisfy their needs of improving their devices. Windows 8.1 was released on October 17, 2013 as a free download for being downloaded and used by customers through Windows Store. It is an update to Windows 8 and RT which were released before. On October 18, 2013, Windows 8.1 was available at different retail locations around the world to be found on new devices and as a packaged DVD product to be easily obtained.
Windows 8.1 is offered through Windows Store as a free update for those who use Windows RT, Windows 8 Pro or Windows 8 with its retail and OEM versions. Downloading Windows 8 through Windows Store is not available for those who got Windows 8 through MSDN, for the users of Windows 8 Enterprise and volume license users. In order to get Windows 8.1 on several PCs, you have to download it on every PC individually.
When you get Windows 8.1 on your device, you will feel as if you get a new device not just a device with an updated operating system thanks to the new features that you will get on your device. Starting from the Start screen which can be easily customized to suit your needs and make it more personalized than it was before through making use of the new tile sizes, new colors and designs for the background.
It offers multi-tasking which is improved to allow you to get up to 4 applications on the screen with the ability to control the size of each application, multi-monitor which helps you to get your desktop or the applications that you get from Windows Store on any monitor or all the monitors that you have, Bing Smart Search that can be used with swipe, touch or even through typing from the Start screen to find what you are looking for whatever it is as it can find documents on your PC, favorite applications, photo album in the cloud or even a website instead of looking for them on your own.
Windows 8.1 features Skype for communicating with friends and sending messages, updated Mail application, Food & Drink and Health & Fitness as two new Bing applications, updated Xbox Music, Xbox Video for watching TV and movies, Internet Explorer 11 which is improved to be compatible with touch and to increase its speed, SkyDrive smart files which allows you to access your files and manage them through creating, editing, sharing or saving them wherever you are and whenever you want whether you are online or offline.
Windows 8.1 allows you through New & Rising section on Windows Store to get the newest and latest applications on Windows Store, the newest versions of your applications and to get personalized recommendations. All of these features make it easier for you to use your device and to get what you want quickly without searching for a long time. You will get more new and updated applications for satisfying different requirements and for allowing you to use this operating system on different devices.