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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.

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.

Here’s the video:

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus