Can Windows 8.1 avoid the fate of Windows 8? Take a look at Microsoft's newest OS.
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Windows 8 featured traditional multitasking in the desktop mode, but in the Modern UI, the "App Snap" feature allowed just two apps to be used at the same time. It also only allowed the apps to be displayed so that one of them occupied three-quarters of the screen, which limited the function's use on tablets and smaller-screened hybrids.
Windows 8.1 addresses these shortcomings by allowing users to snap together up to four apps. The update also gives users more granular control over how much of the screen each app occupies. In addition to snapping apps side-by-side, users can even layer open Modern UI apps on top of one another, giving the Live Tile interface a touch of the classic Windows desktop.