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Windows 8.1 Update Includes Boot to Desktop, Launches April 8

by Todd Haselton | April 2, 2014April 2, 2014 9:36 am PDT

Microsoft detailed its next update to Windows 8.1 during BUILD today. The company is adding boot and resume to destkop functions, and is even making friendlier user interface tweaks for mouse and keyboard users. Each page now has a titlebar, for example, so it’s easier to minimize or close an app. Also, the Taskbar now displays information on Modern and Win32 applications, and all can exist side-by-side.

Additionally, there’s a right-click context menu for resizing tiles, pinning to the taskbar and more, which were harder to access for users who didn’t have a touchscreen. Also, you can hold down CTRL and drag sets of tiles, or change their sizes, in bulk. Search is improved, too, so you can search inside of the Windows App Store or locally from one place. When new apps are installed, you’ll see an alert letting you know where they are, right at the bottom of the start screen.

Also, the Windows Store will be pinned to the taskbar for quick access for all users. The company is also revamping the store to find and discover new apps, and it’s going to be a lot more mouse and keyboard friendly. It seems odd it took Microsoft so long to adapt to the most popular users, those using a keyboard and mouse, but we suppose it’s better late than never.

Windows 8.1 Update will launch April 8.


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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...


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