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Windows 8.1 is finally here!

The highly anticipated update brings much-needed tweaks and improvements across the board to the critically acclaimed OS.

On Thursday, the long-awaited update for Windows 8 was finally released into the wild. Windows 8.1 brings a slew of new features, upgrades, and overall improvements to the operating system and every app that comes with it.

If you've been using the Preview version of 8.1, many of these features should already seem familiar: swiping up from the base brings up the All Apps drawer, desktop backgrounds can move in parallax effect, and of course, the obligatory "Start" button is back (though it's just a visual icon for the home screen).

Other changes include deeper integration with Bing, SkyDrive, and many tweaks that may not seem revolutionary as far as the operating system goes, but add a much-needed level of polish to every native app that comes with it. SkyDrive, for example, runs much better as a native experience: Your files and docs will automatically appear in your SkyDrive no matter what Windows 8.1 device you sign into. Internet Explorer 11 includes the ability to hold unlimited tabs at the footer drawer. Additionally, there is a slew of other improvements that make this a must download for any current Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 Preview user.

You can grab Windows 8.1 via the Windows Store.

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