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The top 5 reasons to upgrade to Windows 8.1

Brad Chacos | July 2, 2013
Sure, Windows 8.1 may be more about refinement than revolution, but it has some killer tweaks to entice users to check it out.

You could spend several days discovering all the tweaks Microsoft stuffed into the Windows 8.1 preview. Few of them can be classified as all-star additions, but all are welcome extras nonetheless—and it's kind of exciting never knowing what you'll find when you dive into an unexplored corner of the OS.

A must-have for Windows 8 adoptees
Now, don't get me wrong. Windows 8.1 won't do anything to soothe your concerns if you hate the very premise of the core Windows 8 experience. The Live Tiles and modern UI aren't going anywhere. (You can read our in-depth impressions of Windows 8.1 here.)

But with the Windows 8.1 preview, Microsoft has shown that it's willing to compromise a bit on its post-PC push to nudge along the desktop diehards. The raft of changes—refinements—in Windows 8.1 soften some of the bumps in the migration path for newcomers. And if you're already aboard the Windows 8 bandwagon, there's no reason not to upgrade to Windows 8.1 whenever it becomes officially available.


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