Everything you already love. And a lot more.
Make it yours
Photos, news from friends, your favorite apps and sites—put what's most important to you on your Start screen. Choose your colors and move stuff around until it's just the way you like it.
Multitask with apps
Windows 8.1 lets you work the way you want. Move easily from one thing to another by multitasking on any Windows PC or tablet. Pull up a Wikipedia article to settle a debate with the friend you're on Skype with. Or play a music video while polishing your resume. Depending on your screen size, you can see up to four apps at once.
Search once, go anywhere
Bing Smart Search gives you results from your PC, your apps, and the web. Results are in a clean, graphic view so you can quickly get to what you're looking for. (Certain features unavailable in some regions.)
Your Windows, everywhere
It goes where you go.
Use your Microsoft account to sign in to any of your devices running Windows 8.1, and you'll see the same layout, apps, and settings. Signing in with your Microsoft Account (which is simply an email address and password of your choice) also gives you access to a world of apps from the Windows Store, and lets you save, view, and edit your documents and photos online with OneDrive.
Your files are always with you
OneDrive is free online storage that's built into Windows 8.1. Save documents, photos, and other files to OneDrive automatically, and get to them anytime, from any of your PCs or devices. And you can use OneDrive to protect your files if something happens to your PC.
You can also use OneDrive to share and collaborate with others, and see your stuff on mobile and non-Windows devices.
Internet Explorer 11
Fast, fluid, built for touch
Internet Explorer 11 is built for touch—now with larger tabs, simpler controls, and fluid response to gestures. Internet Explorer harnesses the power of hardware acceleration, so sites load faster and browsing’s smoother.
Video, voice, and instant messaging
The always-on app that makes staying in touch with all your contacts easier than ever. Keep in touch with video and voice calls and instant messaging, all from one app. Call any phone quickly and easily. All Skype-to-Skype video and voice calls are free, and your messages are delivered straight to you no matter what you're doing. Snap Skype left or right and do more while you IM, video call, or keep an eye on your home screen.
Load up on apps
Open the Windows Store right from your Start screen to browse and download apps for cooking, photos, sports, news, and a lot more—many of them free. Sort by price, rating, and category. Find old favorites and hot new apps.