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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

Windows 8.1 Editions Comparison Chart

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