Difference between Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 is a new package of services that includes new features as a totally new Operating System. Windows 8.1 is free for all users of Windows 8. Upgrading to Windows 8.1 adds hundreds of new features and functionality of Windows 8 without removing existing features, and is completely free to all existing users of Windows 8.


Upgrading from Windows 8.1 is based largely on assessments that Microsoft has received from millions of Windows 8 users in the last year. This update is supposed to encourage users of Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 to upgrade to the latest version of Windows i.e Windows 8.1 . Windows 8.1 adds new Start button button to switch easily to the Home screen and desktop, settings to customize the home screen, the option to automatically set as desktop background screen, an easier way to turn off and restart the PC and hundreds of other features.

Below are the main features added to Windows 8.1 which were not available in windows 8.

  1. Start Screen
  2. Lock Screen slideshow
  3. Internet Explorer 11
  4. Extra Large and Small tiles
  5. Use desktop background as Start screen background
  6. Slide to shutdown
  7. All apps screen
  8. Shutdown and restart options in Win + X menu
  9. Updated PC settings
  10. Click to call i Internet Explorer 11
  11. Sync Start screen layout across PCs
  12. Support for touch-pad gestures out of the box
  13. Uninstall multiple apps at once
  14. Uninstall apps from multiple PCs at once
  15. Network behavior monitoring in Defender
  16. new Start Screen Patterns
  17. Sync Internet Explorer tabs across PCs
  18. Snap up to three apps on each screen
  19. Calculator app
  20. Alarm app
  21. Outlook 2013 RT
  22. Reading List
  23. New Windows Store
  24. New SkyDrive app

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