During Build 2014, Microsoft announced the Windows 8.1 Update 1, read on past the break to find out what’s new in the update.
With users lamenting about the keyboard & mouse unfriendliness of Windows 8, Microsoft has included features that appeal more to the traditional desktop users in its updates to Windows 8, such as the return of the start button in Windows 8.1 (though it just brought you back the to Metro-style start screen).
With Update 1, Microsoft has brought along more useful features that can hopefully attract KB&M users, especially since the official support for Windows XP by Microsoft just ended. Here are some of its key features:
Metro apps and the taskbar
Metro apps now appear on the task bar when open like traditional apps, giving KB&M users easier access without having to use the hot corners or Alt+Tabbing.
There is also the inclusion of a close button on the top right corner of metro apps now, which is very much preferred over the ‘intuitive’ swiping down to close. Intuitive for tablets, yes. Forcing KB&M users to drag the top down into the bottom corner, just no.
However, don’t mistaken the presence of a title bar as the ability to move and resize metro apps like traditional applications. You’re still limited to snap view multitasking in the ratio of 1:1 or 3:1.
At the start screen, you’ll find a power button and a search button. Gone are the days of KB&M users awkwardly fiddling with the hot corners to access key buttons.
Additionally, if you right click on a tile, you’ll see a context menu next to the tile and not down at the bottom of the screen. Certainly a handy little feature.
Before you try to install this update, check your start screen and see if the power button and search button are present. If they are, Windows Update has already automatically updated it for you. If not, you can manually update through Windows Update itself. Please note that the update this round is different from the update from Windows 8 to 8.1, which was downloaded from the Windows Store.
It is strongly recommended to update to Windows 8.1 Update 1, as Microsoft will require this update to be installed in order for you to access future updates and fixes. And also, if you are a KB&M user, why not?
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