This chapter covers the following subjects:
• Leading Up to Windows 8.1: Windows 8.1 is the latest in a long hierarchy of Microsoft operating systems. This section traces the history of Windows as it has unfolded in the past 25-plus years.
• New Features of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1: Windows 8.1 presents a brand-new user interface, together with many new and improved features designed to help users work smartly and securely. This section provides a brief overview of new and improved features in Windows 8.1.
• A Quick Tour of Windows 8.1: This section introduces the Windows 8.1 Start button and screen, charms, and desktop. It also provides a brief introduction to the features of the Control Panel.