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The new Start screen
It doesn’t look all that different at first glance, but on closer inspection the Windows 8.1 Start screen reveals multiple changes. The most obvious changes, shown here, are two new tile sizes, making a total of four options for displaying programs and other objects.
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Apps at a glance
The Apps screen is a swipe away (or available with the click of an arrow on devices that don’t have a touchscreen). You can arrange apps in any of the four orders shown here, making it easier to find apps without searching.
Moving tiles into groups
In Windows 8, the process of customizing the Start screen is cumbersome, requiring multiple actions to perform even simple tasks. Windows 8.1 streamlines that process considerably. In this example, I’m moving 6 tiles to a new group with one motion.