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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 Arsynic on 4/9/2014 9:57:47 AM , Rating: 0
Who the fuck still uses the Start menu to run programs. All you need is the task bar and you're good to go.

You people and your goddam security blankets...

RE: Metrofied start menu
By Spuke on 4/9/2014 10:21:03 AM , Rating: 1
Who the fuck still uses the Start menu to run programs. All you need is the task bar and you're good to go.
I was shocked at the amount of people here that still use the Start menu quite frankly. Even my co-worker that doesn't use it at all was pissed when MS took it away (his stuff is pinned to the task bar or organized in folders on the desktop). I don't use it and haven't used it in many years.

RE: Metrofied start menu
By inighthawki on 4/9/2014 10:17:53 PM , Rating: 2
People who maybe don't use the taskbar in "Always combine, hide labels" mode and/or don't want 2 dozen random applications pinned across a bar at the bottom of the screen?

Or maybe those who use other functionality like the right half of the start menu, such as accessing computer, network, control panel, all of the user libraries, etc. The Win+X menu is great but a context menu presents the content much more poorly than the start menu did.

Or maybe people liked it as a way to access shutdown/logoff/etc.

Oh and don't forget the ability to search your PC's contents without a full context switch from the desktop. (Something I don't mind as much as some people, but I respect their opinion).

Heirarchical menus are pretty nice too. If only my start screen could actually sort contents by more than a flat list of every directory in alphabetical order.

But hey, glad to hear you have things customized in a way that works for you. As we all know, your way is the most efficient way for everyone, right?

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