The new Windows 8.1 update is going to arrive very soon. Microsoft brings back the good old Start button in the new update which was codenamed as Windows Blue. However, it only brings the Start button to you and not the Start menu. Microsoft will be releasing numerous features that will allow users to personalize their devices with Windows 8.1.
The Windows 8.1 was developed based on the feedback of the Windows 8 OS since the time it was launched. Even though the Windows came out with an impressive appeal, many were frustrated with the operating system with issues like missing start menu, missing desktop mode, uneasiness in switching between apps, and so on.
The new Windows 8.1 will bring back the Start button but users will still see the Start screen. Users will be able to skip the Live Tile view and instead choose to view the list of apps present on the PC.
The update will also allow users with more personalization options which weren’t there in Windows 8 original edition. With the new update Windows 8.1 update, you will be able to make slideshows of your favorite images to show up on the lock screen.
Windows 8 was created to support touchscreen devices. Many desktop users complained that for desktop PCs, Microsoft should have created a desktop PC friendly Windows 8. The wish has now come true as the Windows Blue update will make the operating system keyboard and mouse friendly.
Users also desired the Windows to directly boot to the desktop screen instead of the Start screen. When users switch on their Windows 8 device, they are first led to Windows 8 Start screen and then they have to click on Desktop to see the desktop screen which is time consuming. The Windows 8.1 will allow users to directly boot to the desktop screen. In fact, it will also allow you to boot to many other places like All App View.
The Live Tiles will now be available in two sizes, a large size tile and a small size tile which will only let you see the icon of apps. The update will also let you easily classify your apps and change the size of those tiles.
Windows 8.1 will also let you to make your desktop background to be available on the modern UI. This will bring about unified feel throughout the operating system. All the updates that will be able made available are only for tweaking and bettering the modern UI and not the desktop.
The Snap views can now be customized according to your requirement. Unlike before where you could snap two apps with no option to resize the apps, the new update will allow you to resize Snap apps to the size you would like. It also now allows you to Snap three apps.
The Search Charm has also received new changes. The Bing Search will completely incorporate in Search Charm. It will now entirely search your computer system. In fact, it will also search the files you have stored up in your SkyDrive cloud storage drive.
The newly apps installed from the Windows Store would appear on the Start screen. With Windows 8.1 update, this won’t happen. The newly installed apps will be listed under ‘New’ in the All Apps View and from here you can choose the desired apps and pin them to the Start screen.
After the update, you won’t be required to install the SkyDrive’s desktop version on your PC. The app will come preloaded on the system and you will be able to check the storage space or add more space to your drive through the Settings area. Talking about Settings, Microsoft has added more settings to the Settings area in a bid to make users to make less use of the Control Panel through desktop.
Internet Explorer 11, the newest version will also be seen with Windows 8.1. Among all the updates for the internet browser which appears to pretty basic, the tab syncing feature sounds interesting which will let you to launch tabs on different Windows 8.1 systems like desktops and tablets.
Even though so many Windows 8.1 features were announced by Microsoft, they did not share any screenshots of the new update. The update will also include video editing app called Movie Moments. The Music app, the Windows Store and the Photo app will be revamped.
Microsoft plans to talk more about the new Windows Blue update at the TechEd North America conference which will be held in the next week. According to the announcement made by Microsoft, the Windows 8.1 update should be available later this year. The preview of the update will be made available to the public at the Microsoft’s BUILD conference which is going to begin from 26th June.