Everything you already love. And a lot more.

Mouse, keyboard, and familiar programs

Get a new touchscreen PC and you can still work with a mouse, keyboard, and the Windows desktop the way you always have. Use virtually any printer. Programs that work on Windows 7 work on Windows 8.1. All the basics, from startup times to security, are better than ever.

Touchscreens, apps, and Bing Smart Search

With apps from the Windows Store, and new ways to tap, swipe, and zoom around, Windows 8.1 gives you a world of touchscreen entertainment, and a better way to find what you need with Bing Smart Search. And OneDrive-free online storage that's built into Windows 8.1-means your files are always with you, from any of your PCs or devices.

Compare Windows 7 to Windows 8.1

The Start Screen

Organize your Start screen

Your Start screen is yours to organize and arrange. You can resize tiles and move them around in whatever way you want. For example, you can make the tiles you use more often bigger, and the ones you use less often smaller. You can size and arrange your tiles in a way that looks best to you. You can also group tiles together to help you keep track of your apps and use them more efficiently. However you choose to organize the tiles, customizing your Start screen makes it easier to get to the apps, folders, sites, and people you interact with the most.

Built-in Apps

Browse with ease. There when you need them, tabs and navigation controls appear at the swipe of a finger. Share sites with friends-just swipe and tap. And pin sites to Start for one-click access.

Apps work together

More security, more privacy, more peace of mind: Building on innovations like SmartScreen and Tracking Protection, Internet Explorer is designed to work with the security platform of Windows to give you greater control over your personal info and help keep you safe from the latest online threats.

Internet Explorer 11

Perfect for touch

Internet Explorer is the browser built for touch, now with larger tabs, simpler controls, and fluid response to gestures.

Faster than Chrome, Firefox & Opera

Internet Explorer beats Chrome and other leading browsers in a JavaScript performance test. Sites are lightning fast with the power of Internet Explorer's improved performance and hardware acceleration.

Apps work together

More security, more privacy, more peace of mind: Building on innovations like SmartScreen and Tracking Protection, Internet Explorer is designed to work with the security platform of Windows to give you greater control over your personal info and help keep you safe from the latest online threats.