Windows 8.1 Will be available as a FREE Upgrade approx 18th October 2013 as a Download from Microsoft for anyone who has bought Windows 8.
Windows 8 has been reimagined to be all about you. Put what matters most right on your Start screen, and get instant access to your people, apps, sites and more, so you can spend less time searching and more time doing.
Put the people, apps, and sites you love right on your Start screen.
Stay up to date and close to what you care about with live tiles.
Snap two apps side-by-side and easily multitask.
Store your music, photos, and docs in the cloud with SkyDrive.
Browse and discover great apps in the Windows Store. Try before you buy.1
Sign in to any of your Windows 8 PCs and instantly see your settings and get your apps.
Beautiful, fast, fluid
Put the people, apps, and sites you love right on your Start screen, and get instant access to the things you care most about.
Windows 8 is designed for touch, mouse, and keyboard, so you can choose how you get around.
With a touch PC or tablet, you can quickly zoom in or out to customize your view and group, label, and rearrange apps on your Start screen.
Enjoy your favorite websites with Internet Explorer 10, the entirely new Windows 8 browser that is fast and fluid, and perfect for touch.
Work hard, play hard
Browse and discover thousands of apps in the Windows Store. Try before you buy, read ratings and reviews, and share your favorites with your friends.1
Snap two apps side-by-side and multitask. Chat with a friend while scoping out a map, or watch a video while getting stuff done. With Windows 8, it’s simple to do two things at once.2
Windows 8 includes the power and productivity of the desktop, there when you need it.
Get Windows 8 on great new tablets, laptops, convertibles, AIOs, and desktops. You choose. They’re all designed to play as hard as they work.
Windows 8 is uniquely yours
Personalize your Windows 8 experience with the people, apps, and sites you care about most. Pin your favorites to your Start screen, and arrange them the way you want.
Choose a favorite photo to create your unique picture password and simply trace a pattern over it to sign-in.
By changing your colors, background, and lock screen photo, you can personalize Windows 8 to be a beautiful expression of you.
Your Windows, everywhere. Sign in to any of your Windows 8 PCs or tablets and instantly see your settings and get your apps. Buy them once from the Windows Store, and use most of your Windows apps on up to 5 PCs or tablets.
Alive and up to date
Windows 8 comes alive with the people, apps, and sites that matter to you most. The information you care about flows effortlessly to you through live tiles and timely notifications.
Search your apps, files, settings, or the web from anywhere within Windows 8.
Go anywhere and stay connected with great apps like Mail, Calendar, Photos, Messaging, SkyDrive and more built in.
Store your stuff on SkyDrive and access your files, photos, videos and more. Wherever you go, you’re connected to the cloud.
1 Requires an active Internet connection and 1024 x 768 minimum screen resolution to access the Windows Store and to download and run apps.
2 Requires 1366 x 768 minimum screen resolution to snap apps side by side.
• Start screen with live tiles. Brings everything you care about front and center.
• Personalize with apps. Pin your favorite apps, photos, content, and contacts.
• Picture Password. Never forget your password again. Use gestures to sign in.
• Windows Store. Open a world of great apps designed especially for Windows 8.
• Sync across devices. Your settings and files go with you.