Follow the link for a decent overview of the new Windows with screenshots.
Windows 8.1 now available! Posted on: Oct 17, 2013 by Brandon LeBlanc
Windows 8.1 brings a variety of new features and improvements to Windows 8 that we think people will really enjoy. We listened to your feedback and are delivering many of the improvements you asked for.
If you are a consumer with a Windows 8 device, you can now download the free update to Windows 8.1 online through the Windows Store*. Please visit Windows.com for everything you need to know including how to get the update for your Windows 8 device.
If you are a consumer on a device running Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, or the Windows 8.1 Preview – this page on Windows.com will detect your OS and provide you with all the information you need in order to get Windows 8.1 on your device. I also highly recommend reading our FAQ which answers many of the most common questions about getting Windows 8.1. [see note below]
Starting tomorrow October 18th, Windows 8.1 will also be available on new devices and as packaged DVD product at retail locations around the world. You can also click here to learn about the wide variety of new Windows devices available now and coming throughout the holiday season to find the one that best fits their needs, and their budget.
Windows 8.1 now available!
A note to Windows 7 users wanting to upgrade directly to 8.1: You won’t lose data in an upgrade, but you will have to reinstall your desktop programs. There is a two-step way around that: Buy the 8 (8.0) upgrade, install it, then install the free 8.1 update. For some reason, upgrading from 7 to 8, then 8 to 8.1 doesn’t require reinstalling desktop programs.
For a briefer but broader overview without screenshots, follow this link: Microsoft releasing Windows 8.1, a year in making | ABQJournal Online By Ryan Nakashima / The Associated Press