Windows 8.1 Features
There are many Windows 8.1 features within the operating system. Learn all about them in this free lesson.
Other Windows 8 features
- Simplified Desktop for increased speed: Microsoft hasn't removed the Desktop, and you can still use it to manage your files or open many of your existing programs. However, it has removed some of the transparency effects that often caused Windows 7 and Vista to run slowly. The new Desktop should run more smoothly on most computers.
- Start menu has been replaced: The Start menu was an important feature in earlier versions of Windows, but it has been replaced with the Start screen. You'll use the Start screen to open programs or search your computer. Some people may find it disorienting to use Windows without the Start menu.
- Improved security: Windows 8 has a built-in antivirus program called Windows Defender, which can also protect you from other types of malware such as spyware. The built-in Windows Store also helps to keep you and your computer safe by showing you what information each app will have access to. For example, some apps have access to your location, so if you're uncomfortable sharing your location you can decide not to download those apps.
An app that has access to your location and internet connection