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Windows 8.1 Update 1 is Rolling-out to all Windows 8 PCs

9 April, 2014 Windows10

Win 8.1 update 1


Today, Microsoft is rolling-out the Windows 8.1 update 1 to all Windows 8.1 PCs around the world, The update is about 2-3 GB in size. Once again, many of the changes here attempt to pacify the issues raised by desktop and laptop owners who are uninterested in using the operating system's touch-centric features.


The Start screen, Windows 8's replacement for the classic Start menu, has received plenty of hate from desktop and laptop owners alike. While visually interesting, the blocky interface didn't make sense to mouse users when the operating system was released. Individual tiles were too large, and there was no right-click context menu for quick changes. Windows 8.1 addressed the former issue with a smaller tile size, and now Windows 8.1 Update 1 has addressed the latter.

 

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Don't get too excited, though. The new right-click context menu is usually restricted to pinning / un-pinning tiles, re-sizing them, and turning the "live tile" feature on or off. With a few programs, there are one or two additional options Internet Explorer can be opened in a new window for example but it's all rather basic. The context menu doesn't provide any properties or settings for the program a tile is attached to, and customization is still restricted to tile size and placement.

 

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Microsoft has attempted to rectify that with Windows 8.1 Update 1 by putting the Windows Store on the Taskbar. It's the third icon from the Start button, preceded only by Internet Explorer and File Explorer. Though some users might find this to be an annoyance, it can be easily un-pinned, and it gives developers critical eye-share. The Windows Store has to be a valid way for developers to make money if it's to become a viable way for consumers to find great apps.


Head to Windows Update and start updating if you like what you see above!


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