The lock screen in Windows 8.1
The Windows 8.1 start screen features more tile sizes
The new start screen also comes with new visual effects
Windows search now brings up results from images and many other sources
Windows search is now curated with hero images and results
Windows 8.1 features improved multitasking
In the seven months since Windows 8 was introduced, it's seen its share of criticism, leaving many craving an update to Microsoft's first touch-based desktop OS. Now the company has officially responded to many concerns with the announcement of Windows 8.1, the first major point update to Windows 8. A preview version will be available towards the end of this month, and Microsoft's Jensen Harris showed off some of the new Windows 8.1 features in the video embedded below.
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