Microsoft will make available a Windows 8.1 update 1 on April 8th 2014 and it’s free. It offers important improvements for both keyboard and mouse users overall and in store apps.
Windows 8.1 Update 1 Will Boot to Desktop
As you may very well know, Windows 8 does not allow you to boot to the desktop because in this new OS, Microsoft considered the desktop to be just another app you launch from the Start screen. That’s a pretty outrageous and uncomfortable new feature, because all those years of people running different versions of Windows, they’re grown accustomed to the Desktop as being their main access gate to their computer, not just an app. The Windows 8.1 update 1 will allow you to boot to the desktop and not the Start screen, making the new updates OS more user friendly.
Power and Search Icons on Start Screen
In this new Windows 8.1 Update 1 the Start screen will feature the Search and Power icons in the top-right corner making features more accessible for users who don’t know where to look, allowing to restart, for example, without opening the charms bar. I mean, how many times you’ve sat there wondering how to do something in Windows 8 and came up with nothing?! Microsoft’s biggest mistake was that it didn’t include any help features in Windows 8.
Other important improvements are:
- Store apps now have a desktop taskbar. Right now, if you move your mouse cursor to the bottom of the screen while in Store Apps, your taskbar will appear (only if you’re using a mouse) – it will function as an auto-hide taskbar.
- Desktop applications as default apps on PCs and laptops without touchscreens.
- Context menus instead of app bars when you utilize a mouse.
- You can pin store apps to the taskbar and many other useful updates.
What do you think of the Windows 8.1 update 1? Is it useful and will you update?