It’s online now! Microsoft’s first and evolutionary update to the controversial operating system has leaked ahead of its official March launch. The unreleased software leaks to the Internet quite a long time before it has been commissioned for prime time, and when said software happens to entail Redmond’s much-anticipated Windows 8.1 Update 1, it tends to make the headlines. Update 1 has although found its way onto various file sharing sites (like BitTorrent clients) already. Scheduled for release next month and in fact that it’s a build from three weeks ago, means that Microsoft will have obviously made some alterations before the final release. Full details after this fold!
Upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1 was said could boot to the traditional desktop by default, skipping (although not removing) the tiled interface that many have partly become accustomed and Microsoft’s OS plans moving forward, the “Metro” (or Modern) landing screen will not get users upon booting, but can reintiated within the settings for those who require it.
The leaked Windows 8.1 Update 1 build has revealed certain tweaks which will simplify the Windows 8 user’s access to certain functionalities.
According to the report by The Verge, said to revamp the user’s keyboard and mouse experience in Windows 8.1. One change in particular noted is the new tile bar placed on the top of the Metro apps, allowing the users to close, minimize and snap Windows apps side-by-side via mouse.
In the past about Windows 8, somewhat flawed in that the overall design of the interface was tailored with touch-based devices in mind, with well over 90% users base used desktops and notebooks, the design was not well-received by the general public though. Windows 8.1 then offered a few tweaks, and now, it appears that Update 1 will be wading in with a few of its own.
With the alterations made in the Windows 8.1 Update 1, which now leaked into wild shows up arrived in a new-look and very interactive title bar for Metro / Modern apps, the Start Screen has been also modified, with keyboard and mouse users now being able to customize their Live Tiles with a simple right-click.
The “start screen” has reportedly also been changed, as the right-click on Live Tiles pops-up a list of options to resize, unpin, and perform different functionalities. The firm has also introduced its search button along with the shutdown option on the start screen itself as a part of the first update for Windows 8.1. Drop-down menu for restart, shutdown, and sleep!
Reportedly, Microsoft has also added a link in Windows 8.1 Update 1 navigating to the Control Panel directly from the PC settings screen. Users will now be able to store apps in the taskbar via a new option available in the desktop taskbar settings. Noted that the taskbar on the top of the Metro apps stay even when the users opens one of the metro apps. And vanishes as soon as the user starts to interact with the app.
The final version of the update will be officially seen when Microsoft releases it Windows 8.1 Update 1 on March 11, 2014, ahead of scheduled Build developers conference in April. There are likely still a few features to be included before the end-user release next month. Stay tuned to Grabi!