Posts with tag windows 8.1 update 1
Some weird naming going on
According to popular Microsoft beta scene group WZOR, which has accurately delivered copious amounts of news, screenshots, and leaks regarding the development of various versions of Microsoft Windows all the way from the Windows Vista days to today, Microsoft is planning on releasing the next update to Windows 8, which was announced at BUILD 2014 and brings windowed “Modern” Windows Store applications and the return of the Start Menu, before the end of the year. What’s more, according to the group, Microsoft is planning on releasing the update not as Windows 8.1 Update 2, as you might expect, but as Windows 8.2.
This reinforces the notion that development of Windows “Threshold”, which many expect will be called Windows 9, is too early in development to be a serious contender for release any time soon. Microsoft’s latest update to Windows 8, Windows 8.1 Update 1, brought significant changes to the operating system, including usability improvements for keyboard and mouse users and the ability to pin “Modern” applications to the desktop taskbar. Considering Windows 8.1 Update 1 could have easily been called Windows 8.2, there seems to be little rhyme or reason to Microsoft’s marketing of Windows 8 updates. But no matter what they’re called, a significant update is a significant update, and Windows 8 needs all the improvements it can get.
Now on Windows Update
Microsoft’s next big update to their desktop Windows platform, Windows 8.1 Update 1, has just been released onto Windows Update. The update, which Microsoft officially announced at Build last week, significantly improves the Windows 8.1 experience for keyboard and mouse users, bringing new features such as “Modern” Windows Store application docking into the desktop taskbar, traditional Windows control buttons (such as close and minimize) on “Modern” applications, classic style Context Menus in the Start Screen, and more.
While Windows 8.1 Update 1 has only just been made official and released, we took a look at a pre-release build of Windows 8.1 a little while ago before the Build conference. Be sure to take a more in depth look at whats new in Windows 8.1 Update 1 by navigating here, and head on over to Windows Update to get updating – it’s worth it, trust me.
The hero Microsoft needs
It’s back. Microsoft has, after years of dodging and fighting it, finally announced that they will be returning Windows 8.1 back to its roots – that’s right, in a future update coming free to all Windows 8.1 users, the Start Menu will be arriving on Windows 8.1. But is this the Start Menu you’ve been longing for all these years, or is this something different entirely?
While nobody outside of Microsoft has yet to use this new Windows 8.1 version, we can conclusively say that this is not the Start Menu that you remember using back in Windows’s golden days. Instead, this is a redesigned concept specifically made to bridge the gap between Windows 7’s Start Menu and the Start Screen in Windows 8.
As such, it features both an old school list of recent applications as well as direct integration of Windows 8’s Live Tiles – Microsoft really is trying to make this the best of both worlds, making a statement right away that they haven’t ditched the Start Screen concept, but that they’re evolving it to work better with the ways people want to work.
The Start Menu will be returning to Windows in a future update of Windows 8.1 that should launch sometime after the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1. The update will also allow WinRT “Windows Store” applications to run in a window alongside classic Win32 programs. Stay tuned for more on this.
This old series is back
The What’s New series is back from the dead and we’re now going to take a look at the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1 we’ve been covering for some time now. A pre-release copy of the build leaked last night and it’s been installed, screenshots taken and other fun things explored.
So since we’ve had time to play with this build and seen what’s new, we’re ready to share these findings with you in lossless, un-watermarked PNG format. Ready to get started? Check it all out after the break.
Slowly becoming a competent OS once again
It’s no surprise that nobody likes Metro in Windows. That’s why I’m happy to bring you a report on another rumor about Windows 8.1 Update 1. WZOR has once again shared some details about the upcoming update and it’s nothing but good news: Amongst other changes, Windows 8.1 Update 1 will boot directly to the desktop from the get-go. The Verge reports that these changes are coming because there are very few PC users who use touch; they mostly use a traditional keyboard-and-mouse setup. I’ll offer some of my own speculation that these changes won’t be finding their way to Windows RT 8.1 Update 1, but one can certainly hope.
Other changes in Windows 8.1 Update 1 include ways to make Metro-style apps more accessible to Windows users. Like real desktop applications, the Metro-style apps now sport a title bar, right-click program icon, a minimize and a close button. This arrangement of buttons, especially how they’re arranged in Update 1 makes me feel like I’m using Windows 3.1, but I’ll let you be the judge of that:
In any event, the new titlebar seems to mostly be for show as it doesn’t seem possible to run the Metro-style apps in a window. Such a feature is rumored to be added in Windows “Threshold” and what we see here is probably the introduction to it. And speaking of Windows 9, with all the backing up Microsoft is doing in Windows 8.1 Update 1, maybe Windows will once again be a competent OS.