The "new" Start button

Though it doesn't bring back all the features of the Start button in Windows 7, you get more system controls and the capability to restart and shutdown without all the extra steps.
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Snap more apps

Where in Windows 8 you could only run two apps simultaneously in snap mode, you'll now be able to run up to four apps per screen (provided you have a high resolution).
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Xbox Music is easier to use

Though it had many of same features in Windows 8, the new layout makes it much easier to navigate, create radio stations, and explore artists.
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Upgraded camera app

The camera app that came with Windows 8 had only basic tools. With Windows 8.1 you get color enhancements tools, filters, and common editing tools like brightness, cropping, and contrast.
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Settings more touch-friendly

Instead of opening up the desktop to control settings, Microsoft has made it easier to tweak your system with touch-friendly controls.
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Smarter search function

When you use the search charm, you'll get expanded search results that come from several sources, from your hard drive to the Web.
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Windows Store gets a facelift

Partly to entice developers, but also to make your shopping experience more convenient, the Windows Store now has big images and a better layout for browsing.
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Food and drinks powered by Bing

Easily browse recipes, check out featured content, and get cooking tips from Bing Food and Drink.
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Health and fitness

Read articles, learn new exercises, and manage your workout regimen with Bing Health and Fitness.
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