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Five Reasons for You to Upgrade Windows 8 to Windows 8.1

by Edwin Liu | July 4, 2013 9:10 AM
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Microsoft has just released Windows 8.1 preview version. From it, we can see the improvement for some deficient details of Windows 8. Of course, it seems Windows 8.1 is still not perfect at present. However, to rebuild an operating system in eight months is a rather difficult task, so Microsoft has worked quite hard. According to the words of Microsoft CEO Steve Bulmer: Windows 8.1 focuses more on “refine” and “fuse”. It effectively reduces the not harmonious status between traditional desktop and Modern UI (Metro), and even strengthens the experiences of traditional desktop.

Here, we enumerate 5 major reasons that worth upgrading Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. Of course, you can also choose to upgrade it when the official version lunched at the end of this year. However, if you enjoy the feeling of adventures and trying new products, you can download the preview version at once. But we suggest that you’d better back up your important data advance. 

1. More friendly traditional desktop experience

In the final analysis, the unpopularity of Windows 8 is because it amplified the importance of Modern UI excessively. We are still in a “PC World” not a “Tablet World” after all. As the majority of users mainly contact every day is still the traditional computer which not support touch screen, so they not only can not feel the advantages of touch screen really, but regard them a burden instead. Fortunately, Windows 8.1 brings back the proper balance finally, and they allow users who don’t use touch screen have choices to avoid Modern UI.

Optimization settings for traditional desktop

For example, in Window 8.1, you can choose to skip to traditional desktop directly and not have to go to the Modern UI. Also you can display the desktop application in the overview interface. Certainly, maybe such tiny improvement is still not enough to make the a firm Windows 7 user to choose upgrading, but there is no doubt that it is a more easy acceptable transition form for people. After all, only Modern UI is the future developing direction of Microsoft.

2. More seamless integration

The above has mentioned that, the users’ main complaint is the interactive mode between the Modern UI and the traditional desktop. Most occasions, they just look like two completely independent systems, lacking of fusion and wholeness. It is Microsoft’s eager on mobile market OS caused such embarrassing situation.

The progress of Windows 8.1 has slightly alleviated this gap, although it is still not completely broken. For example, although the returning “Start” button can not call out the traditional start menu, it can display a background at the beginning screen. It also has a lot of more comprehensive and mature Modern UI setting functions which let you have more operation options, instead of being forced to accept. And it will be more perfect if can add a resource management of Modern UI.

3. Improvement of multiple screens application display effect

Two Internet Explorer browser windows display abreast, each window fill half a screen   

Another function Windows 8.1 has improved is more flexible multiple screens application display effect, which can support up to four windows to display at the same time based on the screen resolution. Also you can set the display scale for each window to get better effect. Although it sounds simple, actually it brings huge usability improvement to system application. For example, you can use the new version of the Modern IE11to view more content with a screen. How convenient it is!

4. Richer search function

The smart search of Windows 8.1 search can collect related content in both local and Internet

The powerful search function of Windows 8.1 is also one of the reasons to upgrade. It can display a variety of content which is related to the search result in one interface, including local, SkyDrive cloud space, Bing search results, videos and music, etc. The integrated search experience provides a satisfactory effect. For example, when searching “Queens of the Stone Age”, there will be a striking picture group, and next to it will display the history information, online music, videos and other content, you can play with the system player directly. It will also provide some relative application information. So generally speaking, it is very intelligent.

5. Numerous improvements on other aspects

Windows 8.1 supports 3D printer

In Windows 8.1, there are still a series of functions updating and content improvement, such as realizing the 3D printer supporting through the built-in API. So if you have a 3D printer you can create freely at home. Windows 8.1 also include some updating of built-in applications. And you may find some new surprises after the official version being lunched.
Of course, I don’t mean that Windows 8.1 is a complete new system with a great change. Actually, Windows 8.1 might not make you change too much your opinion toward it, if you still hate Windows 8. Because the whole system still focuses on the dynamic tile and Modern UI. However, if you are already a Windows 8 user, then it is very necessary for you to upgrade to Windows 8.1.


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