Microsoft also provided new details about both PC settings and Internet Explorer 11.

In Windows 8.1, the updated PC Settings give you access to all your settings on your device without having to go to the Control Panel on the desktop.

You’ll be able to do things like change your display resolution, set power options, see the make and model of my PC, change the product key, let me do Windows Update, and even join a domain – all from PC Settings.

You’ll even be able to manage SkyDrive from PC Settings as well and see how much available storage you have (and buy more if needed).

Internet Explorer:

Windows 8.1 will bring Internet Explorer 11 (IE11).

Microsoft say IE11 builds on the advancements in IE10 and is the only browser that is built for touch.

IE11 will offer even better touch performance, faster page load times etc.

A new feature will be that you can now adjust the appearance of modern IE11 to always show the address bar and you can have as many open tabs as you like. And you can access your open tabs in sync across your other Windows 8.1 devices.

What do you think of Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 8.1?

About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. ( and The Redmond Cloud (

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  • raysonlws

    We are more interest on how IE perform on Flash apps, the reason we rarely use the metro IE is due to flash support forcing us to use desktop mode IE or even change to other browser

  • Luke

    Another great reason to get a Surface tablet.

  • Jacques Farmer

    I have 8.1 installed on a Dell 690 Precision Workstation. The Settings function DOES NOT WORK AS ADVERTIZED (or failed to install). There is only setting titles, no sub-menus. Nothing detailed, no control. And of course, there is no solution to solve the problem. Reinstalling does not address the issue.
    Speaking of Windows 8.1 failings, do not trust anything that was said about improved multiple screen control and behavior. The ideas they wanted to implement were all great but the execution falls completely short (ex: You cannot set “desktop” environment to 1 screen and Windows 8.1″Tile” environment to another, you cannot have more than 2 windows opened in the “tiles” environment on a large screen and even then, both halves have to be from the “tile” environment (otherwise, one half fails to open).
    As to IE11, beautiful as it is, it is not that intuitive… Especially the horizontal layout, when very long, should have some search tool built into it. There is no button that serves that function, and where is the right-click menu when you need it…
    Finally, IE11 ONLY obstinately refuses to talk to my network printer. All the other programs, from office to adobe (I had to get rid of the windows reader, it was missing essential buttons such as “marquee zoom”) do print.
    There is much work needed before this can be a useful upgrade!