In pictures: Windows 8.1 brings back Start menu, tweaks interface

Today at the Build developer event, Microsoft sought to address a string of complaints from users with the new Windows 8.1. Here's a quick look at some of the first screen shots from the operating system. Read more

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    At last! Microsoft has bowed to consumer demand and returned a Start button of sorts to Windows 8.1.
    News.com
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    Choose your desktop background as your Start screen background in Windows 8.1, creating a sense of unity and familiarity.
    Microsoft Corp.
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    Search in Windows 8.1 is powered by Bing and scours a variety of sources both on your computer and off.
    Microsoft Corp.
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    Windows 8.1 imporves the Search engine to help you get things done, fast and easy.
    Microsoft Corp.
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    In Windows 8.1 Preview, SkyDrive is connected more deeply to your PC or tablet.
    Microsoft Corp.
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    Multitasking made easier with Windows 8.1.
    Microsoft Corp.
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    More than two apps can share the screen at the same timethe result is greater productivity, with apps working together and more efficiently to complete complex tasks.
    Microsoft Corp.
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    Your Start screen gets even more personal in Windows 8.1
    Microsoft Corp.
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