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  • Difference between Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

    Windows 8 vs Windows 8.1

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 both are Operating Systems developed by Microsoft. Windows 8.1 is the latest Operating System from Microsoft which has got lot of new features and make over of Windows 8.

    Most of the Windows 8 users are upgrading to Windows 8.1. It is the buzz word going around on the web. Before users decide to Upgrade Windows 8.1 from Windows 8. I would like to list out the differences between Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. I hope after going through the below, you can make your decision i.e., whether to stick with Windows 8 or upgrade to Windows 8.1.

    Most of the changes in Windows 8.1 compared to Windows 8 are particularly to the user interface due to the response to criticisms by the users of Windows 8.

    – Check out the Difference Between Windows Vista and Windows 7

    Difference Between Windows 8.1 and Windows 8

    Windows 8

    Windows 8 Logo

    • Windows 8 is the latest operating system developed by Microsoft.
    • Windows 8 is part of the Windows NT family of operating systems.
    • Windows 8 RTM build was released on October 26, 2012. It was announced at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
    • Windows 8 codename was Jupiter
    • It supports System-on-a-chip (SoC) and mobile ARM processors
    • It includes new features like File History, Storage Spaces, Hybrid Boot which uses advanced hibernation functionality far faster shutdown times, Portable Workspace, ability to install Windows 8 on a USB Storage, Modern Task Manager, native ISO mounting, Modern Reader to read PDF Files, etc.,
    • It started using Windows Metro User Interface.

    Windows 8.1

    Windows 8.1

    • Windows 8.1 is an updated version of Windows 8.
    • Windows 8.1 RTM build was released in August 27, 2013.
    • Windows 8.1 Upgrade was made available for all Windows 8 users via Windows Update or Windows Store as a free update for Windows 8 users
    • Windows 8.1 codename was Blue
    • Visible enhancements between Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 includes an upgraded Start screen, additional snap views, additional bundled apps, tighter SkyDrive integration, a Bing-powered unified search system, restoration of a visible Start button on Taskbar and the ability to start on desktop on startup. Windows 8.1 also added support for emerging technologies such as 3D printing, Wi-Fi Direct, and improved support for handling high resolution displays.
    • It supports System-on-a-chip (SoC) and mobile ARM processors
    • It includes new features like “All Apps” view with sort modes, expanded color options, new backgrounds (some of which incorporating animated elements), and the ability for the Start screen to use the desktop background instead.etc.,
    • Applications are no longer added to the Start screen automatically when installed, and all desktop applications pinned to the Start screen now have colored tiles.
    • Hardware Functionality: Windows 8.1 also adds support for a number of new and emerging technologies, such as 3D printing, NFC printing, Wi-Fi Direct, Miracast media streaming and transparent “device encryption” system using BitLocker.
    • The lock screen now offers the ability to use a photo slideshow as its backdrop, and a shortcut to the Camera app by swiping up.

    The suite of pre-loaded apps bundled with Windows 8 were updated for 8.1. A number of additional stock apps were also added, including Calculator, Food and Drink, Health and Fitness, Sound Recorder, Reading List (which can be used to collect and sync content from apps through SkyDrive), Scan, and Help + Tips.

    Hope all these details will help you to take well-informed decision whether to upgrade to Windows 8.1 or not..

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