When Microsoft unveiled Windows 8, some people were pleased, and some weren’t. Those who were eager to use Windows on their tablets and other touch devices seemed to get behind the new features fairly quickly and enjoyed the new experience. Those who weren’t convinced they needed a new operating system—or who were still very happy with Windows 7, thank you very much—lamented the big changes Windows 8 brought and quickly began crying “foul.”

As Microsoft is known to do (sometimes later rather than sooner), they listened to their critics and offered, in Windows 8.1, a way to stay the course of their vision while doing a better job supporting those who had misgivings about such a big change. For those who were mourning the loss of the ...

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