Microsoft announces Windows 8.1 with support for high-res displays

Microsoft announces Windows 8.1 with support for high-res displays
Microsoft has just officially unveiled Windows 8.1 and it is bringing a ton of new features, and finally enabling support for high-res displays. Windows 8.1 Preview is available right now for developers and the finalized versions will be available to all users this fall.

Good news is that with support for high-res screens, Microsoft will finally be able to deliver devices like the Surface Pro with sharper displays, in line with what companies like Apple and Google are releasing.

The new features in Windows 8.1 include the return of the Windows button, a brand new search interface with some changes to the user interface, new applications like Flipboard and Facebook, and more customization capabilities.

It all starts from the start screen. Live Tiles come in additional sizes, backgrounds are animated, and you can set any image for a lock screen wallpaper. The Start button is back for the desktop mode and it simply brings you back to the Modern Live Tile UI. You can also right click it to log out or reboot.

The new alignment features in Windows 8 are also worth a deeper look. Now you can snap apps side to side, change the window size, and snap not only two but more applications. Neat!

The new ‘Bing Heroes’ search feature comes with impressive graphics. Looking up celebrities like Marilyn Monroe would bring a full screen interface with images, bios, and media, along with traditional search results.

Microsoft has also chosen to scale up the OS to 200%, just like Apple did. This means that developers will have to step in and update applications in order for text and images to look crisp.

We’ll be learning more about Windows 8.1 as the Build conference progresses, but overall it seems that Microsoft finally listened to its critics and is fixing many of the initial flaws of Windows 8. Right below are screen grabs of the new Windows 8.1.

source: Microsoft

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23 Comments

1. Diego!

Posts: 860; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

So, Windows Phone 8.1 is coming soon too! :D

10. AnTuTu

Posts: 1595; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Awesomeness. Bring it ON MS :)

22. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

haha the top comment on YouTube is currently, "How to remove Start button?"

2. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

its an improvement over the original window 8

3. krimHD

Posts: 106; Member since: May 23, 2012

this is cool...microsoft really doing a great job... windows phone should be next :D

4. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Are they scaling up the standard WP size 200% vertical & horizontal as well? Are we looking at 1600x960, not 1920x1080?

6. iguano

Posts: 101; Member since: May 10, 2012

uh? 1920x1080 its the standard in the surface right now

8. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

The Surface Pro is, yes. And the Surface is 16:9 as well (1366 x 768). I was referring to phones though. They currently use a 16:10 aspect, either 800x480 or 1280x768. I wonder what they'll use in the next generation.

20. iguano

Posts: 101; Member since: May 10, 2012

ohh right.... I was talking about the article... don't know why didn't see "wp" in your sentence.

5. CardiWPfan

Posts: 129; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

I can't wait for you guys to here the "BIG ANNOUNCEMENT" coming for Windows Phone 8.1!! God I hate Non Disclosure Agreements SMH!! Microsoft is leaving no spots unturned its full go come this fall!!

11. ZeroCide

Posts: 810; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

when is that "BIG ANNOUNCEMENT" supposed to be made?

13. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

18. CardiWPfan

Posts: 129; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Lets just say this announcement in September 19th is "MAJOR". The BIG Announcement" I was referring to is not too far away!!

16. CardiWPfan

Posts: 129; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Expect it soon!! Very, Very Soon!! My NDA forbids me from saying anything about it but its worth the wait!!

19. CardiWPfan

Posts: 129; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

It's almost here!!

21. akbarkool

Posts: 42; Member since: Nov 06, 2012

Anything related to a nokia windows tablet??

7. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Awww.. This is getting so so great.. I hope Samsung can make a smartphone with dual OS!! Galaxy Note Q will be UhMmmmm!!!!

23. gabyteodor

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Good one!

9. majp89

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

This is great and all, but I'm not looking forward to all of the WP fanboys trolling all of the tech sites again when this is released.

12. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

I hope its free to upgrade from windows8 to 8.1 :D

17. CardiWPfan

Posts: 129; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Microsoft already confirmed that yes it will be a free upgrade!!

14. SOwhat

Posts: 16; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

so expect windowsphone user to get a 1080p display for their windowsphone 8? :) Am i right?

15. CardiWPfan

Posts: 129; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Yes you are right on the money "SOwhat"!!

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