What’s new with Windows 8.1 for home?
|Windows your way |
Now it’s even easier to personalize your system with Windows 8.1. Set the lock screen to your favorite photo, or turn the lock screen display into a slideshow of your pictures. Pin tiles to your Start screen for quick access to the people, sites, and apps that matter to you, and arrange them the way you want.
Open up a whole world of options and experiences so you can connect instantly. Sign in to any of your PCs running Windows 8.1 with your Microsoft account and you'll see your own background, display preferences and settings right away. Your Microsoft account is the email address and password that you use to sign in to Outlook.com, Xbox, Windows Phone, or other Microsoft products.
Windows 8.1 is perfect for PCs with a mouse
and keyboard. But if you’ve chosen a system
with 10-finger capacitive touch, Windows 8.1
ensures maximum performance as you tap,
swipe, pinch and stretch your way around the
web with a multi-touch display with impressive
|Mail made easy |
The updated mail app and Outlook.com give you an amazingly powerful and personal mail experience. It’s easy to handle multiple email accounts all in one place.
Email is great, but nothing beats Skype* when you want to catch up with your best friend, see your kids while you’re on the road, or reconnect with far-away family. All you need is a webcam and microphone on your Dell PC, along with a high-speed internet connection, and you're all set.
|Windows shopping |
The beautifully redesigned Windows Store makes it easy to access apps to complete your Windows 8.1 experience with great new features. Open the Store right from your Start screen to browse and download apps for cooking, photos, sports, news and more.
Quick access to the Start button, now on the taskbar, lets you get started right away. Choose from a new, broad color palette for your Start screen, including animated options, or skip the start screen all together and boot directly to your desktop or apps screen.
To go straight to desktop mode when you start your device:
1. While in desktop mode, using your mouse, right click on the taskbar and select properties. (If you have a touch screen, press the Windows Logo for several seconds). This will open the “Taskbar and Navigation Properties” dialog box.
2. Select the “Navigation” tab.
3. Under the Start Screen section, select “Go to desktop instead of start when I sign in”.
4. Select “Apply”.