See what’s new in Windows 8.1, we go hands-on

Start Screen

There’s plenty new in Windows, especially for just a .1 release, the full review and analysis will have to wait till I’ve spent more time with it, but for now, here’s a quick summary of what the changes and new features are.

Start screen with new tile sizes

Start Screen - Share a screenshot

Unified search (Winkey+S)
Search unified

App Groups more defined

Start Screen - Groups

Swipe up for list of all apps

Start Screen - All apps

You choose the split for multiple apps

Snap options

New Devices options

Devices menu

Settings upgraded.. multi-level, more complete


Settings - Display

Settings - PC info

Xbox music redesign


New Health & Fitness app

Health and FitnessHealth and Fitness - 3D bodyHealth and Fitness - Symptom checkerHealth and Fitness - app bar

New Alarms app


Upgraded photos app with editing tools


Explorer updated with SkyDrive added, Libraries hidden and My Computer renamed to This PC

Desktop - SkyDrive

New Work folders in Control Panel

Control panel - Work folders

Start button returns and boot to desktop options available

Taskbar and startup options

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