Microsoft has done its best to keep the Windows 8.1 update and the quasi-return of the Start Button out of sight, but the company couldn’t resist showing off the OS update at Computex 2013 this week. Luckily, NetworkWorld was on the scene on and filmed the whole thing, giving us our first luck at Windows 8.1’s redefined Start Button.
The new Start Button, which is now exclusively onscreen, lets you jump from the traditional Windows desktop back to Microsoft’s new “Metro” design. The transition looks very smooth, and whatever image you’ve chosen to display on your desktop stays put while everything in front of it slides away.
The video also demonstrates two additional tile sizes that Microsoft has added to the Metro UI. Windows 8.1 features the biggest tiles yet, which in the video are used to display local weather. A preview version of Windows 8.1 is set for release on June 26th.