Microsoft details Windows 8.1 changes

On June 29, 2013, in Operating Systems, by Mike Jefferson

Windows 8 had a rough start, and since the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft has been working hard on Windows 8.1, and speaking of which, today we have some official information about it.

During the BUILD conference, Microsoft detailed some of the upcoming changes, and one of those changes is the return of the Start button. Now you can click the Start Button, and you’ll get floating version of the Start screen on your desktop. From the Start screen you can access your apps simply by swiping up from the Start menu. On-screen keyboard has been improved as well, and now you can use auto-suggest feature without taking your hands away from the on-screen keyboard. Now, in order to select your word you can simply tap the spacebar to select it. In addition, now you can select additional keys by placing your finger on the key, and the additional keys will appear around it, so you can easily select them. With Windows 8.1 certain applications can be accessed right from the lock screen. For example, you’ll get a notification when somebody is calling you through Skype, and you just need to tap the notification in order to accept the call. Windows 8.1 offers enhanced customization, with different colors and visualizations, and customized animated backgrounds. We have to mention that Outlook has been improved as well, and now you’ll receive social updates from Facebook and Twitter in your email application. In addition, there’s a newsletter section, so you can receive all your newsletters there. Windows 8.1 also comes with a universal search bar so you can search for applications, content on the web, documents and more all from one location. Windows 8.1 brings improved multitasking, so now you can place windows side by side, and change their width as you wish.

Microsoft has shown some interesting changes in Windows 8.1, however, we still have no official release date.

[via Ubergizmo]

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