Five cool new features in Windows 8.1

TORONTO — Hollywood blockbusters have been making their debuts this week at the Toronto International Film Festival. And while Windows 8.1 isn’t quite ready for its red carpet moment, Microsoft was at TIFF showing off the upcoming OS update.

With Windows 8 debuting last fall to a less than thrilling response, Microsoft has a lot riding on what has to be one of the most eagerly anticipated incremental updates in operating system history. The vendor has a tough line to straddle, between moving to a new, unified, touch-first interface across all devices, and bringing back some of the features desktop users miss from Windows 7.

We spoke with Microsoft Canada at TIFF and got a look at five of the cooler new features in Windows 8.1, which will launch as a free update to Windows on Oct. 17.

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Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras
A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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