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Teaching the operating system
It just so happens that Windows 8.1 does a lot more on the
education front than Windows 8 did.
There are two major parts to this. First, new users of the
operating system will periodically see large, arguably intrusive,
information panels to tell them about the corners. They appear
automatically, and they provide the major details about how to use
the operating system. I think they still leave the individual
charms basically unexplained, unfortunately (though it might be
that for whatever reason the operating system has never felt it
necessary to show me more detailed info). At least when it comes to
explaining the all-important bottom left corner, the panels appear
to be reasonably informative.
Second, there's a new app called Help + Tips, pinned to the Start
screen by default, that contains extensive advice and guidance on
how to get around.
I can't say whether these things are actually sufficient. It's
possible that new users will ignore them or just not notice them,
struggling just as much as they did with Windows 8. I know my way
around the system anyway, and I don't have any convenient guinea
pigs to really test these things on.
Honestly, I doubt that they're perfect. They are, however, several
orders of magnitude more useful and more informative than Windows 8
when it comes to showing new users the ropes. They may not be the
complete solution, but there's no doubt in my mind that they're at
least part of the solution. Windows 8.1 is definitely better off
for their inclusion.
It's still possible that Windows 8.2 will have to incorporate some
kind of mandatory training app that runs on first use to walk new
users through every step of the interface, just like Microsoft's
mouse tutorials of the early 1990s.
New form factors
Windows 8 was designed for tablets with screens of about 10 inches
or more. Recently, it has shipped on 8-inch tablets such as the
Acer Iconia W3. I did not enjoy the Iconia W3 for two reasons.
First, it was lumbered with an extremely poor screen (though I
believe newer units have a better screen than the one I reviewed).
Second, Windows 8 just wasn't that great on a device that small. On
an 8-inch screen, the desktop is basically unusable, meaning that
you want to use Metro apps all the time. The Windows 8 Metro
experience was incomplete in various ways, and the Metro app
ecosystem was immature.
One facet of this immaturity was that even among the apps that
existed, many didn't have any useful support for portrait mode.
While the 10-inch tablets tend to be rather ungainly when used as
portrait devices, it's an important scenario for 8-inch devices,
which are much more comfortable for things like reading apps.
In 8.1, portrait orientation is more of a first-class citizen than
an optional extra. Built-in apps such as Music and the Store, which
didn't support portrait mode in 8.0, now have proper portrait
Adapting Windows 8.1 for these form factors has also inspired other
features. The instant access to the camera from the lock screen is
one such feature. Using a 10-inch tablet to take a photo serves no
purpose other than to make you look foolish. Using an 8-inch tablet
to take a photo is somewhat more socially acceptable.
Reading List is another small form factor-inspired app. Metro apps
can send content to the Reading List for later consumption by using
the share target. You can then use Reading List to return to that
content and, uh, read it.
The app is simple. As with many other things in Windows 8.1, it's
cloud integrated, so your actual reading list is stored on SkyDrive
and shared between machines, making it a convenient repository for
things you find interesting. The appeal is a little limited,
however, as there are no companion apps for any other operating
systems, not even Windows Phone.
Compare Windows 7 to Windows 8.1
The familiar desktop
Works with a mouse and keyboard
Works with Word, Excel, Outlook, and other familiar programs
Built for touch PCs and tablets
Apps from the Windows Store
Mail, People, and other built-in apps
Keep your settings and apps on all your PCs and devices
Bing smart search to find things across the web, apps, and your PC
Start screen with live updates
Faster startup times
Released as part of a shift by Microsoft towards regular yearly
major updates for its software platforms and services, Windows 8.1
aims to address complaints of Windows 8 users and reviewers on
launch. Visible enhancements include an improved Start screen,
additional snap views, additional bundled apps, tighter OneDrive
(formerly SkyDrive) integration, Internet Explorer 11, a Bing-
[Windows 8.1 ISO Desktop] powered unified search system,
restoration of a visible Start button on the taskbar, and the
ability to restore the previous behavior of opening the user’s
desktop on login instead of the Start screen. Windows 8.1 also
added support for such emerging technologies as high-resolution
displays, 3D printing, Wi-Fi Direct, and Miracast streaming.
Windows 8.1 received mixed reception, although more positive than
Windows 8, with critics praising the expanded functionality
available to apps in comparison to 8, its OneDrive integration,
along with its user interface tweaks and the addition of expanded
tutorials for operating the Windows 8 interface. Despite these
improvements, Windows 8.1 was still criticized for not addressing
all digressions of Windows 8 (such as a poor level of integration
between Metro-style apps and the desktop interface), and the
potential privacy implications of the expanded use of online
services. As of March 2016, the market share of Windows 8.1 is
The New Windows
The New Windows
Great Apps built in such as Mail, Calendar, Messaging, Photos, and
SkyDrive with many more available at Windows Store.
Includes Internet Explorer 11 for fast, intuitive, touch-friendly
Keeps you up-to-date and more secure with Windows Defender, Windows
Firewall, and Windows Update.
Works with new and existing Windows desktop software including the
full Microsoft Office experience (Outlook, SharePoint Designer and
Comes with Windows Media Player
Provides enhanced data protection using BitLocker technology to
help keep your information secure.**
Enables you to connect to your PC when you’re on the go with Remote
Connects to you corporate or school network with Domain Join.
Watch and record live TV with Windows Media Center.***
Win8 / 8.1 System requirements:
1GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
1GB RAM (32-bit) / 2GB RAM (64-bit)
16GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20 GB (64-bit)
DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
This operating system is eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10
when available. More details below.
The Start screen. Personalize your Start screen with your favorite
news, friends, social networks, and apps. Customizable colors and
backgrounds and four different tile sizes make your device as
unique as you are.
The apps you want. In addition to great built-in apps for e-mail,
people, photos and video editing, you can also download thousands
of popular apps from the Windows Store, including Netflix, ESPN,
Skype, and Halo: Spartan Assault.
It plays as hard as it works. Windows 8.1 gives you the power to
quickly browse, watch movies, play games, polish your resume, and
pull together a killer presentation - all on a single PC.