Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for. Windows 8.1 is finally officially available to download. Users of Windows 8 and Windows RT devices can go to the Windows Store and download 8.1. for free right now. There are several important improvements and new features in 8.1 that current Windows users will really want.
As we mentioned above, if you are currently using Windows 8 or Windows RT you can download the update for free from the Windows Store. If the update isn’t showing up you can visit this link on the device you’d like to update. After the update is completed you will be greeted with a plethora of app updates to work with 8.1. Users jumping from Windows 7 to 8.1 will have to pay $119/$199.
What is Windows 8.1?
It’s been a while since we talked about Windows 8.1. Basically this is an updated version of Windows 8. Microsoft has made numerous fixes, tweaks, improvements, and additions to clean things up and make a better experience for users. A few notable features include the return of the Start Button, more Snap View options, better control of the Start Screen, customizing options, a new Xbox Music app, and more.
Check out these links for more information about Windows 8.1.
- Hands-on with Windows 8.1 [Video]
- Screenshot tour of new Windows 8.1 features
- Windows 8.1 adds shut down from Start Button and ability to disable hot corners
- Microsoft shows off Windows 8.1 in preview video
Download: Windows 8.1 (Pro and RT)