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8.1 features Microsoft removed from Windows 8.1

Brad Chacos | Oct. 25, 2013
Windows 8.1 is superior to Windows 8 in virtually every way. It represents a much less jarring version of Microsoft's grand vision of a cross-platform future,though it still won't win over folks whose lips instinctively curl at the merest mention of the word Metro.

Also be aware that unlike the desktop program, SkyDrive in Windows 8.1 relies on symbolic links to point to cloud-stored files in File Explorer, even though everything appears to be saved locally at first glance. This "smart files" functionality can save a lot of space on tablets and other storage-restricted devices, but if you'd like to keep local copies of your stuff, right-click the SkyDrive icon in File Explorer and select Make available offline.

You can also right-click individual files and folders and choose to make them online-only or available offline.

Still worth the upgrade
Don't let these little omissions dissuade you: Windows 8.1 is superior to Windows 8 in virtually every way. It represents a much less jarring version of Microsoft's grand vision of a cross-platform future—though it still won't win over folks whose lips instinctively curl at the merest mention of the word "Metro." 

 

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