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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

1385. What is new with Windows 8.1

You know I am using Windows 8 on a few of my computers and I actually kind of like it. I started hearing about a new version of Windows 8.1. Does it cost anything? When is it coming out? Can I use it now? What are some of the big new features?

Ken and I just came back from a Microsoft Conference in San Fransisco. Yes 6000 nerds at the Mosconie center. It announced the Windows 8.1 beta. The actual release will be available later this year and it will be free for users with the Windows 8.0 license.  

We were both impressed with the basic Windows 8 system and all of the new hardware that was being released this year to support the significant "touch features" that are supported by the new operating system. Release 8.1 is really fine tuning the 8.0 release but does add back some of the Start button functions and makes mobile devices easier to integrate. 

If you are considering a new Windows computer look at all of the new touch oriented hardware. Those along with Windows 8 and 8.1 will give you a new computer UI experience we think you will like. We strongly recommend all users with Windows 8 upgrade to the 8.1 upgrade. It is faster, has some additional features and the new applications that utilize these new features are very impressive. You will like it.

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