Today, Microsoft is giving enthusiasts and early adopters a chance to take a first-hand look at many of the new options in Windows 8 by making the Winsdows 8.1 Preview available. With Windows 8.1, you will be able to have a more personalized experience with your device. Users will be able to things like turn your PC into a picture frame by making the Lock Screen show slide shows, or viewing all apps by just swiping from the bottom to view them. There is also an updated Search feature that integrates with Bing and other Cloud sources to give you the best result of your query. There are tons of other upgrades and tweaks that you can read about here. For those interested in installing Windows 8.1, just go to the Windows 8.1 Preview page on Windows.com and it will be installed through the Windows Store. The Windows 8.1 blog page has a step-by-step guide posted if you need any help!
A couple of weeks ago, Antoine Leblond talked about continuing the Windows 8 vision with Windows 8.1. It continues to push ahead with our bet that the PC industry is going through a shift that is driven by mobility. We previously announced that Windows 8.1 will be a free update for Windows 8 consumers later this year through the Windows Store – but today we are providing an opportunity for people to take a first-hand look at many of the new features and improvements with the Windows 8.1 Preview.