The new Windows

Discover new ways to work and play with Windows 8.1.

Take a tour

Watch this video to see some of the features of Windows 8.1, and how it brings you the best of touchscreen apps and desktop productivity.

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Everything you already love. And a lot more.

An all-in-one PC running Windows 8.1

Mouse, keyboard, and familiar programs

Get a new touchscreen PC and you can still work with a mouse, keyboard, and the Windows desktop the way you always have. Use virtually any printer. Programs that work on Windows 7 work on Windows 8.1. All the basics, from startup times to security, are better than ever.

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Multitasking, a swipe away

Windows 8.1 gives you a world of touchscreen entertainment with apps from the Windows Store, and new ways to tap, swipe, and navigate seamlessly. Multitask with up to four separate apps at the same time on Windows tablets and PCs, so you can work and play at the same time. And OneDrive—free online storage that’s built into Windows 8.1—means your files are always with you, from any of your PCs or devices.

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Compare Windows 7 to Windows 8.1

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The familiar desktop

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Works with a mouse and keyboard

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Works with Word, Excel, Outlook, and other familiar programs

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Built for touch PCs and tablets

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Apps from the Windows Store

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Mail, People, and other built-in apps

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Keep your settings and apps on all your PCs and devices

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Bing smart search to find things across the web, apps, and your PC

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Start screen with live updates

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Faster startup times

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New tablets and PCs

Find your own size, color, price, and style. With this range of choices, you'll find a perfect match.

New tablets are versatile and stylish, blazing fast and ultra light. Laptops and 2‑in‑1 PCs with snap-in keyboards give you speed and power with complete portability. All-in-one PCs and desktops offer bigger displays for both serious productivity and serious play.

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Getting started

Power up your new Windows tablet or PC and you can get into the flow right away. The key is to explore the corners and edges, where you'll find most of the things you do most often, like switching between apps, sharing things with friends, and adjusting your settings. You'll soon be zooming along from work to play and back again—or doing both at once.

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Now's the time for a new PC

Windows 8.1 was designed to power an exciting and affordable new generation of tablets and PCs. You'll be amazed by what a computer can do now.

Explore tablets and PCs

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