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Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft's love letter to desktop users, due today

Juan Carlos Perez | April 9, 2014
Microsoft will deliver the much-awaited update to Windows 8.1 Tuesday, and with it comes a packed goody bag of treats for laptop and PC users.

The update also includes a revamped version of Internet Explorer 11, which is better able to detect the type of device being used and adjust a series of user-experience elements accordingly, including the number of tabs on the screen and the size of fonts and menus, according to Microsoft.

"Enterprise mode," which lets the browser render legacy websites properly, is another new feature in IE 11. It is aimed primarily at companies with old intranets that their employees still need to access with, for example, IE 8.

Windows 8.1 users will receive this update automatically, and they must install it or else future updates starting with the ones coming in May will not be delivered to their PCs, according to Microsoft.

 

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