With the new Windows, you can watch movies or play games, chat with friends, get work done with Office, access files anywhere or find your next favourite app in the Windows Store. And you can get to it all, including your familiar desktop, from the new Start screen.
From the Start screen, you're just a click away from the familiar Windows desktop you know, so you can do the same stuff you’ve always done.
Personalize your Start screen with your favourite news, friends, social networks and apps. Customizable colours and backgrounds and four different sizes of tiles make your Windows as unique as you are.
Windows 8.1 gives you the power to quickly browse, watch movies, play games, polish your CV and put together a killer presentation — all on a single PC. Now you can organize up to three apps on your screen at once in a single view.
In addition to great built-in apps for email, people, photos and video editing, you can also download thousands of popular apps from the Windows Store.
Windows 8.1 works with different types of devices, including touch, mouse-and-keyboard, or both. Discover fast and fluid ways to switch between apps, move things around, and go smoothly from one place to another.
Experience Office at its best on Windows 8 devices. Discover new and better ways to create, edit and browse using a keyboard, pen or touchscreen. Microsoft Office sold separately.
Upgrading to Windows 8
If your PC is running Windows 7, your files, programs and settings will easily transfer to Windows 8. If your PC is running Windows XP or Windows Vista, you will need to reinstall your programs. Some features such as touch may require a new PC. To check compatibility, visit your PC manufacturer’s website and check out http://www.windows.com/upgrade/upgrade to run the Upgrade Assistant to check for compatibility and get more details on system requirements.