Windows 8.1 introduced major changes to the operating system's platform and user interface to improve its user experience on tablets. These changes included a touch-optimized Windows shell based on Microsoft's "Metro" design language, the Start screen (which displays programs and dynamically updated content on a grid of tiles), a new platform for developing "apps" with an emphasis on touchscreen input, integration with online services (including the ability to synchronize apps and settings between devices), and Windows Store, an online store for downloading and purchasing new software.
• Simplified Desktop and Start Screen for increased speed
• Boot to Desktop or Tile Based Start Screen
• Advanced Windows Firewall Protection
• Windows Search and Taskbar
• Updated Windows Defender
• SkyDrive Cloud Storage
• Internet Explorer 11
• Charms Bar
Microsoft designed Windows 8.1 to address widespread complaints about Windows 8. Most notably, Windows 8.1 reinstated the Start button, a familiar navigational feature of previous OS versions. It follows Windows 8 but was made to have a better user interface experience along with improved navigation than it’s predecessor, with enhanced security features and faster performance.
Windows 8.1 is the ninth version of the Microsoft Windows operating system. Windows 8.1 is a 2-in-1 OS, which was made compatible for Desktops and touch-enabled devices. Windows 8.1 also includes several new features, such as SkyDrive Cloud storage, Open MDM, and Windows To Go. Windows 8.1 also supports 3D printing, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC using printers pairing, and NVMe mode.
Windows 8.1 is available in two editions; Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Professional. Each edition of Windows 8.1 includes all of the capabilities and features of the edition below it, and add additional features oriented towards their market segments. For example, Pro added BitLocker, Hyper-V, the ability to join a domain, and the ability to install Windows Media Center as a paid add-on.