On the touchie-feelie-swipie page they have a "news" program. Plain maroon square with "news" in the center. Opens up and it has the sort of stuff you find in USA Today. Longish (by web standards) articles, nice color photos. Not bad. Fairly light weight, but no perceptible political bias.
And they have improved the boot time. 8.1 only takes 15 seconds to boot up to the wanna-a-password screen, which is a good deal quicker than XP.