Coming soon to Windows: 3-D printing
Among the many big Windows 8.1 last announcements, 3-D printing isn't one that will immediately resonate with most users. But it is sure to excite the growing contingent of designers, "makers" and early adopters, as millions of PCs will suddenly have native support for 3-D printing.
Although you've always been able to connect a 3-D printer to a Windows PC, many 3-D printing apps require you to craft your designs inside the app or spend time translating your creation into a format the printer software can handle.
But Windows 8.1 will feature plug-and-play support for 3-D printers. Much like you can plug in a standard printer, go into any number of Windows apps, click the file menu, and choose to print a document, Microsoft will soon allow you to do the same with 3-D renderings and 3-D printers.