Windows 8.1 Preview is available for download, Microsoft India said on Thursday.
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Preview’s new features
First important feature is the completely redesigned Windows Store.
Windows Store in Windows 8.1 offers more merchandising opportunities for apps and better discoverability based on an individual’s preferences, as well as new search controls from Bing in the user interface.
The company has given a new layout with refined navigation and more related content for App listings.
Second, Microsoft says there will be more monetization opportunities.
The updated Windows 8 version delivers new opportunities for developers to build and monetize apps and engage users.
Customers can load their Microsoft Account with stored value in their local currency and make purchases online from the Windows Store.
For instance, for developers in China, the Windows Store will support Alipay, meaning local developers will have new options to generate additional revenue.
Microsoft also worked on app designs. Windows 8.1 apps can work together to share data, share the screen and deliver better experiences to customers in India.
Bing Developer Services are available that enable third-party developers to leverage Bing technology. This is in addition to providing the Search experience in Windows 8.1, Windows Phone, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Office.
Microsoft says Visual Studio 2013 makes it faster for developers to create applications and services using modern lifecycle practices that span mobile devices and the cloud.
Microsoft also announced a preview of .NET 4.5.1, enabling developers to build next-generation applications for devices and services while innovating their existing core business applications.
“Windows 8.1 will bring unprecedented opportunity for developers in India and across the globe enabling them to develop applications on the Windows platform. It will provide more options for businesses, and give consumers enhanced benefits for work and play across form factors of all sizes,” said Joseph Landes, general manager DPE, Microsoft India.