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The new snap behavior is especially welcome when you open an attached photo or web link from a mail message. Instead of replacing the current app with another, Windows 8.1 arranges the new app alongside the message.
The Photos app in Windows 8 is a disappointment. In Windows 8.1, it’s significantly more robust, with tools for cropping, retouching, and editing photos. Note the wheel control here, which is used in several of the new apps.
The new Alarms app makes a serviceable alarm clock. It also provides stopwatch and countdown functions. The wheel based time controls are an improvement over clunky lists.