Windows 8.1 Update 1 is Now Available
April 8, 2014 1:45 PM
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Update is mostly geared at offering a better experience for mouse & keyboard users and Desktop denizens
April 2, 2014 announcement
BUILD 2014 conference
, Microsoft Corp. (
) 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:
Taskbar -- Windows Store Modern UI apps
Now all running Modern UI apps appear in task bar
Can be run in Desktop Mode
Close, minimize buttons for Modern UI apps in both modes for mouse and keyboard use
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
New Modern UI mouse actions
Right click -- gives tile properties
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
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
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
Microsoft [press release]
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RE: Metrofied start menu
4/9/2014 10:17:53 PM
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?
"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch
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