With Windows 8.1, you can start from the desktop you've always known or the modern Start screen with apps as Live Tiles. You can use touch, your mouse or the keyboard – whatever's easier. And you can use the accessories you want because Windows is compatible with nearly all of them. Plus, you can search your PC, the web, the cloud and apps at the same time with Bing Smart Search. Just access the Search charm from the right side of your screen.
Get Office and you'll have the freedom to work virtually anytime, anywhere, on any device. Create documents with Office applications you know and trust, save them to the cloud, and edit and collaborate with others in real time with Office Online. Plus, multi-tasking split screens help you juggle when you need to, and Bing Smart Search helps you find the info fast no matter where it is.
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In the Windows Store you'll find the apps you love, with new ones to discover every day. And built-in apps help you do more, like the Food + Drink app that gives you a hand in the kitchen, and the Photos app that lets you edit your shots in new ways.
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With the Skype app, you can call any phone quickly and easily. Make free video and voice calls with your friends and family in faraway places, and get messages delivered straight to you, no matter what you're doing.
Internet Explorer 11 taps into the power of your specific device to load sites faster and let you browse more safely. And it's designed for touch, so navigating the web is more intuitive on your phone, tablet and touch laptop.
Customise Windows and make it yours. Choose your Start screen background, pin your favourite apps, games, folders, profiles or websites and organise it how you want. Josh tweaks everything until it's just right. Much like he does with his restaurants' menus.
Some apps have Live Tiles so you can see updates in real time without even opening them. And you can adjust the placement and size of the tiles based on how important they are. Bianca adds a sprinkle of these and a dash of those.
Want a funkier desktop? You can customise that too with stunning desktop backgrounds from around the world, and Windows themes featuring photo sets, colour palettes and sound design. Harley adds his own travel photos, which also do the trick.
With OneDrive, you have access to your music, films, photos, documents, settings, Windows apps and even browsing history, across your devices, with 15 GB of free storage. That's enough for roughly 255 hours of music, 20,000 Word documents or 300,000 photos. In other words, it's a lot.
You can use the same Microsoft Account on every device. This means you only need to remember one user ID and password, and your favourites and settings will automatically follow you from one device to the next.
Xbox is your complete entertainment centre in the cloud, giving you access to your games, music, films, iTunes libraries and more – both at home and on the go.
Xbox Games has the titles you want and new arrivals every day. You can use touch with many games for a more immersive experience. And with Xbox Service, you can psych out your friends, rocket up the leader board and more.
Get the productivity of a laptop and the fun of a tablet in one device. With a Windows 2-in-1, you can touch or type, based on where you are and what you're doing.
With giant touch screens, vivid displays and plenty of power and storage, the Windows all-in-one has become the productive headquarters, film screen and family entertainment centre, in one.
From the small and wallet-friendly 7" to the 12" powerhouse, a Windows tablet has the portability to keep you productive and free to roam with your films, music, games, email and web just a click away.
From multi-mode Ultrabooks with high-definition displays to colourful devices with great battery life, Windows laptops give you great experiences for work and play.