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Introducing Windows 8.1 For IT Professionals by Ed Bott

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Chapter 2. The Windows 8.1 user experience

Windows 8 introduced a completely new user experience that exists alongside the familiar Windows desktop. As feedback to Microsoft in the first year after the release of Windows 8 made clear, the transition to this new user experience caused some frustration. If you worked with the initial release of Windows 8, you probably experienced some of those issues firsthand.

In response to that feedback, Microsoft made three important changes in Windows 8.1:

  • The Start screen is significantly refined, with a long list of enhancements that affect its appearance, functionality, and customizability. ...

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