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Microsoft Unveils Windows 8.1 Preview

The Start button is back in the new version of Windows, a preview of which was released today for developers.

Microsoft Unveils Windows 8.1 Preview

On Wednesday, Microsoft released a preview of Windows 8.1, its PC operating system. One of the biggest changes? The Start button is back after it was removed from Windows 8, which left users with a tiled interface instead of a traditional desktop menu. The move to scrap the Start button was controversial, so the return of the Start button in Windows 8.1 is being cheered.

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Other changes include improved app functionality and new tile sizes. There is a new built-in search tool as well as a new Xbox music experience. Also, users can now turn the PC or tablet screen into a picture frame by making the Lock screen a photo slide show. Here’s a full list of Windows 8.1 changes.

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