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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 Reclaimer77 on 4/8/2014 7:08:43 PM , Rating: 1
Not even close. OSX's marketshare is like 8%. Which is about 4/50ths of the PC market.

RE: Metrofied start menu
By inighthawki on 4/8/2014 7:18:09 PM , Rating: 4
You realize 1/12 is 8.3%, right?

RE: Metrofied start menu
By Reclaimer77 on 4/8/14, Rating: -1
RE: Metrofied start menu
By inighthawki on 4/8/2014 8:55:29 PM , Rating: 3
8% may not be huge, but in the grand scheme of things, that's millions upon millions of users. I'm not a fan of Apple by any stretch of the imagination, but saying 8% of an entire userbase is "far from significant" is just ignorant.

RE: Metrofied start menu
By BRB29 on 4/9/14, Rating: 0
RE: Metrofied start menu
By chripuck on 4/9/2014 8:38:57 AM , Rating: 5
No business worth their salt is running Apple for anything other than content delivery systems in the consumer space.

Getting a Mac to work with Active Directory is a nightmare and it doesn't support even the most basic Group Policy. You can't manage them centrally and don't get me started on the iPad. Why anyone would use one for serious work is beyond me...

Keep in mind I love my iPhone and iPad, but it's because I use it for media consumption and light email browsing, not real work.

RE: Metrofied start menu
By Dug on 4/9/2014 10:09:55 AM , Rating: 2
I agree to an extent, but with so many things being web based now, Office for Mac, Microsoft adding and supporting more apps, it does work for certain user base. We even have users running SAP. Even Cisco VPN is built in.

You can run OSX server if you need management, but we find it unnecessary. As long as the user has an AD account, shares, printers, mail, etc. work fine.

The only users that need a PC are users in accounting, the engineers for PC development, and IT. Sales, marketing, hr, customer support, all use Macs.

RE: Metrofied start menu
By TakinYourPoints on 4/9/2014 4:49:06 PM , Rating: 4
Google has ~50k Macs deployed and use their own custom management. All of my friends who work there and at Facebook use them for coding. A friend of mine who does security for Fortune 500 companies is in the same position, runs his IDE in OS X.

In the film industry I work in its Macs everywhere, from production offices to creative suites. On the topic of iOS devices, we even use them for remote control of DMX systems and remote triggering of motion control rigs. Wired just did an article on this, where it was used to control rain towers instead of the usual DMX lighting boards:

A lot of software development where you don't need a Microsoft IDE like Visual Studio and are working with open standards is done in some form of *nix. This especially applies to development for the web, and of course making mobile operating systems. OS X is the most commercialized version of it, a UNIX OS with good developer support.

An operating system is a tool. You generally aren't going to find Macs deployed in big offices for clerical work, and on the flip side you aren't really going to find Windows machines developing for platforms with open standards. This is a big reason they are so prevalent at Bay Area techs. Use the right tool for the job.

RE: Metrofied start menu
By Capt Caveman on 4/9/2014 10:14:48 PM , Rating: 2
Wow. I used to work at one of the largest internet traffic companies in the world and all of our developers use Macs. You couldn't be more wrong.

RE: Metrofied start menu
By Reclaimer77 on 4/9/2014 9:22:43 AM , Rating: 2
Look I don't know wtf makes you people happy. Apple's PC marketshare has always been dwarfed by Windows. Of course I didn't mean literally "nobody" uses OSX. But come on, 8% is a completely niche market position!

I'm just stating the obvious here.

But you're the same guy who claimed 0.1% marketshare gain for Windows Phone was a huge victory, so I'm probably wasting my time.

RE: Metrofied start menu
By inighthawki on 4/9/2014 11:25:11 AM , Rating: 1
But you're the same guy who claimed 0.1% marketshare gain for Windows Phone was a huge victory, so I'm probably wasting my time.

I appreciate you putting words in my mouth. Yes Im a huge supporter of Windows Phone (sorry, I like it?), but I've never ever claimed anything of the sort. It's absolutely pathetic that you also had to degrade your argument to this to make a point on a completely unrelated topic.

That said, 8% is a fairly large marketshare. It's close to 1 in every ten desktops or notebooks being a Mac. That's huge. Obviously it's dwarfed by the marketshare of Windows, and Windows isn't going anywhere, but 8% is definitely large enough when you're talking about an industry with at least hundreds of millions of devices.

RE: Metrofied start menu
By Reclaimer77 on 4/9/2014 6:27:49 PM , Rating: 2
You acted like 0.1% marketshare was a big deal that invalidated my statement. Even if that number is accurate and doesn't fall within the margin of error (it does), didn't you feel just a bit silly standing on such an minute figure?

Looked like you were grasping at something, anything, to refute the fact that by any definition - Windows Phone is floundering.

That said, 8% is a fairly large marketshare.

I guess we're going to have to agree to disagree. Single digits = large in your universe.

Also we don't know how many of that 8% are also using Windows through BootCamp. I suspect the actual number of people who use OSX exclusively are insignificant.

RE: Metrofied start menu
By inighthawki on 4/9/2014 10:11:37 PM , Rating: 2
You acted like 0.1% marketshare was a big deal that invalidated my statement.

I legitimately don't ever remember saying anything like this. Could you cite that post?

RE: Metrofied start menu
By Argon18 on 4/9/2014 12:06:17 PM , Rating: 2
"Not even close. OSX's marketshare is like 8%. Which is about 4/50ths of the PC market."

Um... 4/50 = 8%. Did you go to public school or private school? I'm just curious which education system it was that failed you so miserably.

RE: Metrofied start menu
By inighthawki on 4/9/2014 1:22:13 PM , Rating: 2
So which education system failed you?

Last I checked:
4/50 == 8/100 == 0.08 == 8%

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