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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 inighthawki on 4/9/2014 11:25:11 AM , Rating: 1
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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.

quote:
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
quote:
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?


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