6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Windows 8.1: should you upgrade?

About Video Transcript

First Look: Windows 8.1: should you upgrade?

2:48 /

Welcome tweaks and new features in this free OS update, but not a game-changer

I'm Dan Ackerman and we are here with the biggest thing to hit PC since Windows 8. That's right. It's Windows 8.1. This is a free upgrade to the Windows 8 operating system. Microsoft hopes that it fixes a lot of the problems that people are having with Windows 8 or reasons why they may be avoiding it. If you're one of those people who has been waiting to get a new PC but you're like, oh, I hate Windows 8, this is not really gonna change your mind. If you already have a Windows 8 machine and minds to look at this free upgrade, it doesn't change the experience all that radically but it's a really nice collection of kind of tweaks and new features and new additions. Now, I think some of the most important things in Windows 8 are number one, they've brought back the Start button. Now, everyone said, oh, there's no Start button in Windows 8, that's terrible. Now, they have a button, if you press on it, it just goes back to this screen. So, that does not really all that exciting but if you give it a light click, which I'll do by holding down on here with my finger, you get this very nice contextual menu that gives you access to like the Task Manager and Device Manager and all kinds of other actually useful stuff. You can also set this up to boot straight to this few rather than that tile-based few. You also get the new version of Internet Explorer, that's IE 10. Looks so not like IE 9 which is really, really well optimized for Windows 8. It's much zippier and scrolls much smoother than any other web browser. You know, you can have more tabs open now and the different tabs we have opened are now down here at the bottom instead of sort of distracting it out of the way at the top of the screen. So, you've got your address bar address bar and your chance all in the same place. They've also made some really big improvements to the app store. The app store just have a lot of like bloatware in it, a lot of shovelware, it was really hard to search through. Now, it's got a much nicer design. They've got like a big highlighted space right here. They've got some hot picks for you based on things you've already downloaded and then they have these like trending and new and the images for all of them are bigger which I think is really good and get a little description and then the actual app pages have a lot more information and just go through when you see all this. The Snap features more useful now. You can put more apps on the screen, depending on what your resolution is and it's smart about how it puts them all together. Right here I've got three things going at once if you have a very high resolution, you can have four things at one screen and then we have multiple screens. You can do even more than that. They've also made some big improvements on Windows 8.1 to how search on the system works. Now, if you go to little search icon right here, this will search everything without having to pick a category. Apps, settings and the web and they set up some Bing pages for like public figures and stuff but you can get to this because that search icon is searching everything, stuff on your system and stuff online at the same time. So, those are some of the big highlights for the Windows 8.1. I'm Dan Ackerman with Windows 8.1.

New releases

McLaren P1: Harbinger of the hybrid supercar revolution (CNET On Cars, Episode 58)
23:31 January 30, 2015
McLaren P1 on the track and on the street, CNET Style. How engines get their names and what it means. Also: CNET's Top 5 cars of last...
Play video
Boost's ZTE Speed is a 4.5-inch, low-priced Android
1:07 January 30, 2015
Featuring a 5-megapixel camera, a quad-core CPU, and a 4.5-inch display, the ZTE Speed is one of Boost's prepaid bargain Androids.
Play video
The LaCie Mirror is perfect for narcissists
2:14 January 30, 2015
CNET editor Dong Ngo totally likes what he sees when looking at the one-of-a-kind LaCie Mirror portable drive. And that's because (you...
Play video
Rid your Android quick settings menu of oddball toggles
1:17 January 30, 2015
CNET's Dan Graziano shows you how to fix one of the most annoying features in Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Play video
Beats Pill XL: Bigger Bluetooth speaker justifies its premium price
1:25 January 30, 2015
We weren't such big fans of Beats' original Pill, but the company's jumbo-sized model is well designed and performs much better.
Play video
Facebook using beacons to show location 'tips'
2:50 January 30, 2015
Social network's new app feature sends location tips to your feed using GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth beacons. Meanwhile, your home Internet...
Play video
Testing out 'Insane Mode' in the Tesla P85D, Ep. 190
4:28 January 30, 2015
This week we get all nostalgic with the Prynt smartphone case that makes your iPhone work like a Polaroid camera, we learn some scary...
Play video
Nvidia G-Sync is a smooth move for PC games
3:01 January 30, 2015
The right graphics card and a G-Sync monitor can make games look better.
Play video