The update is free for users of including computers, laptops and tablets although for mobile devices the deployment can be dependent on the mobile network as well.
The company said that the new OS offers an improved and more customizable Start screen with variable tile sizes. In addition, customers can choose how to start their device up -- at the Start screen or directly in the familiar Windows desktop -- while all their Windows devices stay in sync with their Microsoft account.
Windows 8.1 brings back the Start button as a familiar point of navigation. An updated apps view lets users see all their apps at once for easy access and new clicks and cues, as well as a Help + Tips app that gets them up to speed quickly.
Windows 8.1 includes the display and use of up to four apps side by side, flexible windows sizing for each app on the screen, the ability for one app to launch another app, and improved multimonitor support so users can view the desktop or apps from the
Windows 8.1 will also be available on new devices and as boxed software starting today.
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