Microsoft Windows 8.1

Microsoft Windows 8.1 is an operating system (OS) for personal computers and tablet computers

Windows 8.1 runs on touchscreen devices as well as traditional computers that rely on a mouse and keyboard. Microsoft designed Windows 8.1 to address widespread complaints about Windows 8. Most notably, Windows 8.1 reinstated the Start button, a familiar navigational feature of previous OS versions. Microsoft also made it easier to open, close and multitask among several apps using a mouse.

Windows 8.1 introduced the Open MDM application programming interface, which allows IT administrators to control and secure devices using third-party mobile device management (MDM) software. The OS also integrated OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive), Microsoft's cloud storage and file-sharing service, with its file system.

Windows 8.1 can run on devices with at least 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of flash storage -- a lower bar than Windows 8, which required 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of flash storage.

Microsoft Windows 8.1 was released in October 2013.



This was last updated in March 2014

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