Introducing the New Windows 8.1: Frequently Asked
with permission from Microsoft
is the difference between Windows 8 and Windows 8.1?
8.1 provides the best user experience on all types of devices:
What's new in Windows 8.1
- Personalize your Start screen with the people, apps, and information
that matter most to you and with unique designs, colors, photos,
and live tiles that give you instant information.
- Windows 8.1 has the new Start screen, but also still has the
familiar desktop where you can do everything that you are used to
doing with Windows.
- Great apps are built in, and there are many more1
additional apps in the Windows Store to suit everyone€s interests
- File copying has been improved so you can pause large jobs,
view the progress of multiple copy jobs at the same time, and more
easily manage conflicts.
- Faster boot times, longer battery life, and better security. New
security features include built-in, anti-virus software (Windows
Defender) and an improved Smart Screen Filter for preventing
Windows 8.1 Pro provides enhanced features to connect to
company networks, access files on the go, encrypt data, and more.
Can you use Windows 8.1 with a mouse and
- Tools to let you connect to corporate networks.
- Data encryption and protection.
- Remote Desktop Connection, so you can get to your computer when
you are away.
Windows 8.1 works great on both touch and non-touch
systems. You can take full
advantage of everything Windows 8.1 has to
offer with a mouse and keyboard.
Do Windows 8.1 devices have my
The Windows Store has many favorites to choose
from€apps like Twitter, Facebook, Skype, and Angry Birds Star Wars.
Additionally, pin websites to your Start screen and use them like
Apps on Windows do more than ordinary
Multitask up to four apps2 side by side,
view real-time app info on the live tiles from your Start screen,
search all your apps from one place, and share content between apps
without leaving the app you are using.
Microsoft Office Home &
Student 2013 RT and Outlook 2013 RT are included on Windows RT 8.1
How easy is it to use the Start screen with a mouse and
It is actually simple and natural. Here are a few
I would like to use the touch gestures in Windows
8.1 but cannot afford a touch computer. What are my
- Click on tiles to launch apps, including the Desktop Tile to open
- From the Start screen, start typing to quickly find apps, documents,
- Right-click on tiles and in apps to reveal menus.
- Use the scroll bar at the bottom of the screen or your mouse wheel
to move to the left or right.
- Access charms like Search, Share, and Settings by moving the
mouse pointer to either right corner of the screen.
- Switch apps by moving the mouse pointer in the upper left corner
and slide down the left side of the screen to access the apps
- To close an app, click and drag the top edge to the lower edge of
Touch devices have dropped considerably in price€you
might be surprised at the prices if you have not looked recently. You
may also consider purchasing a laptop with a touch pad that supports
gestures. These touch pads allow you to swipe and pinch on the touch
pad just like you would on a touchscreen.
Why should I buy a
Only Windows 8 tablets offer you more than an
ordinary tablet€they deliver the fun of a tablet, plus the
productivity of a PC, all on a single device.
- Only Windows tablets run Microsoft Office, optimized for both touch
and keyboard devices. Some even come preinstalled.
- Only Windows 8.1 tablets give you the personalization options
with backgrounds, colors, and live tiles that light up your
- Only Windows 8.1 helps you get stuff done with multitasking
- Watch movies and do email at the same time. Plus, get the
familiar desktop that customers know and love.
- Windows makes it possible to have multiple user accounts. Share a
device without losing preferences or
1 The number may vary by
2 The number of apps you can multitask depends on
the screen resolution.