Windows 8.1: a first look at updating




Windows 8.1: a first look at updating


Microsoft has decided not to get round a lot of leaks and published its “first look” at the Windows 8.1 (code-named Blue). As expected, the new version of the OS will return button “Start”, but with different features.

Updated interface and personalization

The update Windows 8.1 software giant threw all efforts to improve the interface Metro. Owning a desktop desktops that have adapted to the changes and have time to fall in love with Metro interface or tablets running Windows 8, like Windows 8.1. The rest are likely to be disappointed to the core.

The official handling Microsoft, which contains about 2000 words about the main features Windows 8.1, the new desktop features are described in two words literally.

Lock screen in Windows 8.1 has undergone several changes. Became available to new features and flexible configuration of the starting screen for themselves. On the lock screen, now you can run a slide show of the photos that are stored on your computer hard drive or in cloud storage SkyDrive. Without leaving the lock screen you can now answer calls to Skype or activate the webcam.

In the new interface, the classic Windows 8.1. “Creating a greater sense of unity and familiarity” will be set the same wallpaper as the interface Metro. Also worth mentioning is a flexible set of tiles: resize, move, and create groups.
View mode All Apps

View mode All Apps, which is a complete list of installed applications on the computer, has been completely redesigned in Windows 8.1. A list of installed applications can now be sorted by the following criteria: name, date of installation and popularity. Unfortunately, there is no mention of the possibility to manually sort the list according to your taste.

Unfortunately, when you press the “Start” instead of going to a compact list of users will get the next screen. Set up a new “Start” button in the following ways: Click on the button causes the screen to the start of the new interface in the style of Windows or moves to the playback mode All Apps.


Search in Windows 8.1 has undergone significant changes. He has now become the global and the user’s request to obtain the desired result would be to sort the bones every application, every file on your computer, SkyDrive storage and on the web. According to the above picture, it is clear what is meant and how it looks. However, this process will be a little tedious when the user, for example, only need to run Photoshop.
PC Settings

PC Settings in Windows 8.1 provides access to all the settings on your computer, without the need to go to the control panel on your desktop. All in one place. As far as is practicable, be able to see pretty soon.
Support for lower resolution mode and Snap View

Perhaps one of the major changes is the adaptation of the Metro UI to the low resolution and work with multiple applications simultaneously. In other words, one screen, the user can run multiple applications simultaneously, which will be located adjacent to each other.

It is also worth noting the possibility of changing the size of the running applications. With multiple monitors connected at the same time we should not forget that the Metro interface and the startup screen is no longer tied to a single monitor.

While Windows 8 requires a minimum resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, the update will bring support to the lower resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, which will take advantage of the Snap View mode on the 7 – and 8-inch tablets running on Windows 8.1.
Internet Explorer 11 and new applications


Significant improvements also get built-in applications for working with photos and music. We should also mention the new version of Internet Explorer 11, which will provide faster loading pages and close synchronize with the services of the software giant. It is reported, and new applications, including a calculator, alarm clock, health and fitness, as well as food and drinks.

In general, all these updates will make Windows 8.1 is much better for tablets and ultrabooks with touch screens, but it seems that the owners of the desktop again forgotten. Earlier, Microsoft announced that Windows 8.1 update will take into account all the wishes of users, but the return button “Start” with other functionalities says that the software giant continues to move the planned course. Perhaps Microsoft is too proud to simply return the “Start” button, or she sincerely believes in a bright future full-screen applications.

Microsoft has officially unveil Windows 8.1 Build during the conference in 2013, and in the fall it can be downloaded for free from the Windows Store.
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