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Microsoft Posts Video of Windows 8.1 in Action

With Windows 8.1, Microsoft is trying to address some key criticisms of the major overhaul it undertook with Windows 8.

windows 8.1 in action

The company has been dribbling out news of its new features, including more personalization, deeply integrated Bing search and the option to boot straight to a traditional Windows desktop.

Speaking at Computex overnight, Microsoft showed off some of these features, and posted a YouTube video showing the forthcoming operating system in action. It has also said it will release a preview version on June 26 at its Build conference in San Francisco.

The final version will be a free update from Windows 8, and is due out later this year.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik