Windows 8.1 is an updated version of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system. Windows 8.1 went RTM on August 27, 2013 and was released for general availability on October 17, 2013. There are 4 versions of Windows 8.1, matching those that were available in Windows 8. They are: Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 8.1 Enterprise and Windows 8.1 RT.
New features and improvements in Windows 8.1 include:
- Start Button
- Boot to Desktop
- Start Screen improvements
- Bing Smart Search (Search Applications, Files, Settings, and the internet in one search)
- New versions of existing Microsoft Products, including PowerShell 4.0 and Internet Explorer 11.
- Updated version of Client Hyper-V, Including (See also: What's New in Hyper-V for Windows Server 2012 R2:
- Generation 2 VMs
- Enhanced Session Mode