Microsoft today announced the availability of Windows 8.1 a much awaited update to its Windows 8 operating system, which was expected to bring back the start button and boot to desktop option along with support for 3D printing and much more.

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Speaking about the launch of Windows 8.1, Mr. Amrish Goyal, General Manager – Windows Business Group, Microsoft India said, “Windows 8.1 comes within a year of Windows 8, reiterating the fact that Microsoft is constantly listening, learning and evolving to enhance user experience. Windows 8.1 builds on our vision for mobility and touch-firs, bringing together everything you do across all devices whether at home, at work or on the go”.

Windows 8.1 brings a more customizable start screen, where you can choose how to boot to tiled Start screen or directly to your desktop. Yes the familiar start button is back which helps you easily navigate through your operating system.

The Bing engine has been enhanced and can find your documents from anywhere on your system and also on cloud. You can share your screen space among 4 apps simultaneously and flexibly assign space to each. Windows Store has also been improved and sports a new design along with features like auto app updates.

As more and more people are opting to live on cloud, Windows 8.1 will be deeply integrated with the cloud. With SkyDrive Smart Files, users can create, edit, save and share files anywhere, anytime, on whatever device is being used.

Windows 8 users can upgrade to Windows 8.1 by downloading the free update from Windows Store. Within a few weeks Windows 8.1 will come out of the box with new devices. If you are using the original Windows you can download it from the store and you wont have to buy a new key.

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