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Update is mostly geared at offering a better experience for mouse & keyboard users and Desktop denizens

After its April 2, 2014 announcement at the BUILD 2014 conference, Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) today has made the Windows 8.1 Update 1 available to the masses via Windows Update.

The latest patch to Windows is largely geared at improving the experience for mouse and keyboard users, and also to add new amenities for those who spend most of their time in Desktop Mode.

Here's what's new:
  • Desktop Mode
    • Taskbar -- Windows Store Modern UI apps
      • Now all running Modern UI apps appear in task bar

        Windows 8.1 Update 1
      • Can be run in Desktop Mode
      • Close, minimize buttons for Modern UI apps in both modes for mouse  and keyboard use

        click to close
      • Are pinnable to the Desktop taskbar
      • Show previews when hovered over on the taskbar
      • Can have miniature controls on hover over (e.g. pause music, etc.)
  • Modern UI Mode
    • "PC Settings" Live Tile (no more need to swipe)
    • power + search buttons (top right hand corner

      power and search buttons
    • New Modern UI mouse actions
      • Right click -- gives tile properties

        Windows 8.1 click to install
      • Ctrl + drag to select...
        • Then Right Click on selection -- bulk tile change
        • Then Left Click on selection and drag -- drag tiles in bulk around the Modern UI menu
    • Bing Smart Search now offers Windows Store app suggestions
    • App install reminders
      • In "All Apps" listing newly installed apps are now highlighted so you can remember what's new and pin them faster.
      • Reminder clickable message in bottom left hand corner of Modern UI menu

        reminder message
The update should be appearing shortly on your Windows 8 machines via Windows Update, if it hasn't already (the official live launch time was 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST).

Here's a video going over all the updates in graphical form.

The next major update to Windows -- potentially titled Windows 8.1 Update 2, Windows 8.2, or Windows 9 -- will feature a new Metrofied start menu, allowing Desktop traditionalists to stay in their "safe place".

Microsoft's Windows VP Joey Belfiore confirms that contrary to its expectations, Microsoft's remote analytics reveal that with the recent changes (Boot to Desktop, etc.) many users are spending most of their time in Desktop Mode, particularly on non-touch devices.

Microsoft also recently announced Windows Phone 8.1, and its decision to offer both Windows Phone and Windows (RT/8.1) for tablets for free.

Source: Microsoft [press release]

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RE: Metrofied start menu
By The0ne on 4/8/2014 5:37:14 PM , Rating: 2
This is quite sad it made me laugh so hard.

RE: Metrofied start menu
By Spuke on 4/8/2014 6:17:51 PM , Rating: 2
Well, it was one quick decision that completely ruined the entire Windows experience on the new OS
For you. It's works just fine, as is, for me. I do like the improvements the update brings though. At least on paper. We'll see in a couple weeks how it goes.

RE: Metrofied start menu
By retrospooty on 4/8/2014 6:41:59 PM , Rating: 2
Of course I am being overly sarcastic, but it was irritating.

With that said, somehow the combo start menu/live tiles shown off last week that is supposed to be coming later this year is better than the sum of its parts. They took the old start menu, added some of the good things about the new start screen, but made it not full screen and somehow its better than either. I really like it based on the screenshots I have seen and how we assume it will work.

RE: Metrofied start menu
By Spuke on 4/9/2014 10:22:24 AM , Rating: 2
They took the old start menu, added some of the good things about the new start screen, but made it not full screen and somehow its better than either.
Yep, like that too on paper. We'll see how it works in reality.

RE: Metrofied start menu
By retrospooty on 4/9/2014 11:59:05 AM , Rating: 1
I think it will be fine. The biggest drawback of Metro to me was the full screen thing. It totally negated the point of the once aptly named "Windows".

So assuming it looks like it does in the screenshots and you can put whichever tiles you want and resize from S to M to L like Win8.1 does now, its an automatic winner.

"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen

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