In Pictures: What’s new in Windows 8.1 Update

Changes to default settings, dubious new features -- if you expect something amazing to turn you on to Windows 8, you haven’t been following along

Metro Internet Explorer brings back the chrome I gagged the first time I saw Metro IE. Microsoft insisted at the time -- do you remember? -- that IE got out of the way so as not to interfere with the Web page. The “chrome-less” approach meant that none of the navigation methods we’ve come to use over the past five decades (Internet years) worked, unless you were smart enough to swipe from the top, or the bottom, or hover here or right-click there.

With IE 11 in the Update, Microsoft’s finally showing some chrome by default.

The new, improved IE 11 has tabs and an address bar showing by default -- except they’re at the bottom of the screen, instead of the top, where they belong.

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