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Windows 8.1: Everything you need to know

We're here to answer all your questions about Windows 8.1: the new features, the best devices, and whether you should upgrade.

Windows 8.1 is here! The first major upgrade to Microsoft's audacious Windows 8 software is available today -- and we're here to answer all your questions about the new features, the best tablets and computers, and whether you should upgrade.

Check out all the cool new features of Windows 8.1, including the return of the fabled Start button, a much improved search function and a souped-up Snap view for snappier multi-tasking.

We ask whether Windows 8.1 is still the same awkward compromise between the traditional desktop Windows we've known for years and the touchscreen-focused new look that divided opinion in Windows 8.

Should I upgrade? 

And in our in-depth, hands-on review we answer the big question: should you upgrade? We answer that puzzler with specific advice for those of you still on Windows 7, those of you who have already moved to Windows 8, and those of you thinking of buying a new PC.

To help you choose your next computer, we run down best tablets, hybrids, laptops, and all-in-ones to showcase the new software. 

If you're won over by 8.1, here's how to prepare your PC for Windows 8.1. And for a spot of nostalgia -- plus a look to the future -- check out Windows throughout the years.

Are you excited about upgrading, or is Windows 8.1 a Microsoft mistake? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook wall.