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Windows 8.1 update: release date, price and features

Windows 8.1 update: release date, price and features

Microsoft is scheduled to release a preview of Windows 8.1 at its Build conference in San Francisco, which starts on the 26 June. Below we go through all the key features which are expected to be be offered.

What is Windows 8.1?Windows Blue as it has been codenamed, is Microsoft’s first major upgrade to the Windows 8 desktop operating system. The launch of 8.1 will mark a change in strategy for Microsoft. Instead of releasing new editions of Windows after lengthy development cycles, going forward Redmond is expected to refresh its OS on a yearly basis. Windows 8.1 will offer much more than a traditional “Service Pack”, making it comparable to Apple’s annual OS X updates.So what can users expect from Windows 8.1 Preview? In a blogpost, Microsoft confirmed a number of features which will appear and we run through a list of key features below.Lockscreen

Microsoft already allows users to set a picture password. With Windows 8.1, this feature will be expanded so the lockscreen can be turned into a picture frame by pulling images from local storage or SkyDrive galleries. It will also be possible to take pictures with the camera without having to log into the device. Start buttonAs has been widely reported, the Start button will return. However, Microsoft has been ambiguous about the functionality it will offer.Redmond claims the Start button will always be visible on the desktop and when in the Live Tile interface it will appear when mouse is moved to the bottom left-hand corner. It is highly unlikely the Start Button will have the same functionality as Windows 7.

Source: IT Pro

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