Leaked Windows 8.1 Update 1 Screenshots Reveal Start Screen Improvements

Microsoft is bringing power options right on the Start screen

By Bogdan Popa on January 25th, 2014 09:43 GMT

Microsoft has prepared quite a lot of improvements for users in Windows 8.1 Update 1 and a set of leaked screenshots come to reveal some of them.

This time, the photos published by famous Windows leaker WZor reveal changes made to the Start screen, all of which are supposed to make both tablets and PCs easier to use and allow adopters to perform certain tasks, such as shutting down their devices, faster.

One of the screenshots shows several new tile options that can be accessed either by right-clicking on a tile using a mouse or by keeping a finger on it for a specific period of time.

Users can now unpin from Start, pint to taskbar, uninstall or resize a live tile with the help of this new menu that reminds of the traditional context menu already available on the desktop side of Windows.

At the same time, options to pin Metro apps to the taskbar are still there, which means that Microsoft is indeed planning to bring together the Modern UI and the desktop at some point.

An important update is the addition of power options right on the Start screen, as this was one of the main issues of Windows 8 and 8.1. Users can now reboot and shut down computers faster, and Microsoft hopes that this way those who install its modern operating system would actually give a chance to the Start screen and stop asking for a Start Menu.

Windows 8.1 Update 1 is expected to debut in March, according to some new reports, and is very likely to be delivered via Windows Update in order to avoid any potential downloading and installation problems that may occur when getting it from the store.

Microsoft is expected to announce the update in the coming weeks, so we’ll keep you posted on this.
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