Review of Window 8.1

Martin Wilson

Aug 08, 2022

Last year, Microsoft made a gamble on the future of computing by "reimagining" Windows. It paid off handsomely for Microsoft. Microsoft claimed that Windows 8 was built with the idea that people would no longer use notebooks and desktop computers. However, due to the continued popularity of laptops and desktops, Microsoft created a desktop mode. It was a steep learning curve for Windows 8's many users who were used to Windows 7 because of Microsoft's two worlds, each with its collection of software.

To help bridge the gap between old and new mice and touchpads, Microsoft is releasing Windows 8.1 for free to solve some of its customers' concerns and speed up the release of new versions of Windows. There are many similarities between the new operating system and its predecessor, but the many modifications it incorporates reveal Microsoft's long-term goal for its computing platform. Although Microsoft has invested much time and effort in Windows 8 over the previous year, Windows 8.1 will still be a substantial task. Microsoft has a second chance to deliver on its promise of a tablet-friendly, touch-friendly future.

Interface updates are underway

In the beginning, there weren't many noticeable differences between Windows 8 and 8.1. You'll see the familiar Live Tiles as soon as you log in. However, you'll notice subtle differences as you progress through the levels. Users will be given training on how to get around the operating system and use various programmes after their initial demo. Help + Tips is a one-stop shop for people unsure how to navigate the new user interface.

For Windows Phone 8, the new large and tiny Live Tiles have only been included in the 8.1 Start Screen. The Calendar and Weather tiles may now display your upcoming events for the day, as well as three cities and forecasts at once. Microsoft has added the ability to display animated app suggestions on the Windows Store tile. Regular desktop apps can now use coloured tiles instead of just app icons on the Start Screen, which should improve the aesthetic of everyone's Start Screen with the addition of Windows 8-style apps.

When you swipe up from the Start Screen, you'll see a list of all the apps you've loaded on your smartphone. You can now choose to have Windows 8.1's app drawer appear when you open the Start Screen, one of several new features designed to make the operating system more user-friendly. You'll have to go to desktop mode and mess with the settings to disable the Start Screen.

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Observations Focused on the Activation Buttons Windows 8.1's Start Button The Start Button is back in Windows 8.1 when you first boot up the desktop. It can only be seen on the Start Screen if the mouse is moved to the lower left-hand corner of the screen. A return to the old Windows style and feel would be welcomed by many who were disappointed by Microsoft's square tip in Windows 8. Microsoft is not bringing back the Windows Start Menu with this button.

Windows 8.1 offers a wide range of customization possibilities. In addition to the wide range of animated and moving backdrops, Windows 10 has a colour picker that is far more flexible than Windows 8. Your desktop wallpaper can now be used on your Start Screen, but that's not the main attraction here. If you're switching from the desktop to the Start Screen, you may find that this simple approach helps make the process go more smoothly.

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For the most part, I like the new Windows 8-style programmes included in Windows 8.1. The new app and your existing application will now be shown in a 50/50 split view, such as Internet Explorer and Mail by default. When you open a photo in an email or elsewhere, photo apps occupy more of the screen. Any software can have several windows and span multiple monitors. As soon as you open up a new app on Windows 8 or 8.1, you'll be presented with the option of snapping it to an existing app. As a bonus, the floating tile rocks from side to side to show where it can be placed.

Apps can now be snapped side-by-side, and users can configure the extent to which an app occupies the entire screen. On the other hand, a 27-inch monitor may show up to four apps side by side. It is possible to snap and drag programmes between Miracast-enabled monitors. Even when paired with typical desktop applications, Windows 8-style apps shine. These apps can be more useful when snapped alongside other Windows 8-style applications.

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The most noteworthy change in Windows 8.1 is Microsoft's approach to search. Generic and specialized services are no longer separate. Windows 8.1's Store app still appears when you search for it, but Bing's web engine also searches for results. An all-in-one search app includes information from multiple sources, including the user's own devices' internal storage, the cloud, and the web.

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