Windows 8.1: a first look at what Microsoft is changing

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Microsoft is taking over San Francisco’s Moscone Center today to introduce a preview version of Windows 8.1. Although the company has revealed most of the features in the upcoming update to Windows 8, I’ve had a chance to get well acquainted with the Windows 8.1 preview to learn more about the changes involved.

In my previous look at 8.1 I summarized that the preview brings many small tweaks that make for a significant update, and that still stands. Microsoft is pushing a new search experience alongside UI tweaks, new and improved apps, and some better customization options for regular and power users alike

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The controversial Start button returns to Windows 8, and if you want you can almost combine it with the All Apps view to create a Start Menu of sorts. The button is simply a visual element that takes you back to the Start Screen, but you can also right click on it and access power user commands and the shutdown or restart options. Its return should help ease one of the usability complaints around Windows 8, but it does very little to change the way you have to interact with the Charms or the recently used apps with a mouse and keyboard. Fortunately the hot corners can be disabled so if you want to totally avoid the “Metro” world then it’s possible to do so without third-party software now.

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Posted on June 30, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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