Windows 8.1 Update 1 got leaked today to finally set things straight and confirm that Microsoft is working on a pack of improvements and new features for Windows 8.1 devices.As we’ve told you today, both the Start screen and the desktop received some major upgrades, most of which are supposed to make Microsoft’s operating system easier to use on a PC equipped with the traditional mouse and keyboard combo.
Both Windows 8 and 8.1 have been considered two platforms specifically aimed at touch-capable devices, especially because of the Metro interface, so all these improvements are particularly important for Microsoft as the company struggles to regain its lost points in the PC world.
First of all, the Start screen now comes with new context menu-like options that allow users to tweak live tiles and installed Metro apps with a mouse with just a few clicks.
Simply right-click a live tile and you get options to unpin from Start, pin apps to taskbar, uninstall, or resize the live tile.
At the same time, the Start screen is now featuring a power button that enables you to quickly shut down or reboot the device. The lack of easy-to-reach power options has been one of the main drawbacks in Windows 8, so 8.1 Update 1 comes to address this particular issue.
The Windows 8.1 Update 1 Start screen comes with some new options, most of which are aimed at desktop users
As for the desktop, Microsoft now allows users to pin Metro apps to the taskbar, which is quite helpful in case desktop users previously planned to ignore the Start screen and the Modern apps completely. Word is that Metro apps will be brought to the desktop completely in Windows 9, which means that users will be allowed to launch them just like traditional software.
Overall, Windows 8.1 Update 1 is clearly showing that Microsoft is heading in the right direction and is now seeking reconciliation with users disappointed by Windows 8 or 8.1.
Windows 8.1 Update is scheduled to be unveiled on March 11 as part of Microsoft’s monthly Patch Tuesday rollout. All improvements are expected to be delivered via Windows Update free of charge to all devices running either Windows 8.1 or RT 8.1.
You might also want to check additional photo galleries with Windows 8.1 Update 1 in action:
Start screen photo gallery
Desktop photo gallery
Metro apps windows photo gallery