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Microsoft reveals more details on Windows 8.1

Microsoft reveals more details on Windows 8.1



The major update will see changes like the return of the Windows logo to the lower left corner of the screen.

By Ng Chong Seng,
Hardware Zone | 02-06-13


In a blog post, Antoine Leblond, Corporate VP for Windows Program Management at Microsoft, shared some of the changes we'll see in the upcoming major update to Windows 8, officially known as Windows 8.1. Here are some that caught our eye.

More Personalisation Features: In Windows 8.1, the device can act as a picture frame by showing a slide show of images at the lock screen. There will also be a shortcut at the lock screen to access the camera. For the Start screen, more tile sizes are now available.

Improved Search: In Windows 8.1, the Search charm will provide global search results (powered by Bing, of course) using an aggregated view of many content sources. The Bing blog has a post that goes into detail some of these new search features.

Variable Snap Views: Besides improvements for using multiple apps at once, Windows 8.1 will have variable, continuous size of snap views. That means you can resize apps to any size you want, split the screen evenly between two apps, or have up to three apps on each screen. Multiple windows of the same app (such as two Internet Explorer windows) can be snapped together.

Updated PC Settings: PC Settings in Windows 8.1 gives you 'access to all your settings on your device' without having to go to the Control Panel on the desktop. Some of these things include changing display resolution, setting power options, changing product key, joining a domain, and managing SkyDrive.

Internet Explorer 11: Windows 8.1 will come with Internet Explorer 11 (IE11). It boasts of better touch performance, faster page load times, and new usability features, such as the ability to access opened tabs in sync across other Windows 8.1 devices.

Windows Logo 'Start' Tip: Windows 8.1 will change the Start "tip" to be the Windows logo. It appears when you move the cursor to the bottom left corner of the screen. It is also always visible on the taskbar when you're in desktop mode. Clicking on it will bring you back to the Start screen. For those who operate mainly in desktop mode, if you were to put all the apps you use on the Start screen, this 'tip' becomes a pseudo Start button of old.

A preview of Windows 8.1 will be released in end June, at the same time the Microsoft Build developer conference is taking place.

Source: http://www.digitalone.com.sg/news/article/24794

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Microsoft to unveil latest Windows 8 adjustments

Microsoft to unveil latest Windows 8 adjustments


A woman walks past laptop computers running Microsoft Windows 8 operating system during its Oct 2012 launch in Hong Kong. File photo: AP

SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft is giving people a peek into Windows 8.1, a free update that promises to address some of the gripes people have with the latest version of the company’s flagship operating system.

Although the preview version of Windows 8.1 is meant for Microsoft’s partners and other technology developers, anyone will be able to download it for free starting today (June 26), exactly eight months since desktops, laptops and tablets with Windows 8 went on sale. The version of the Windows 8.1 update meant for the general public will come out later in the year, though a specific date has not been announced.

Many of the new features have been shown off already. A three-day Build conference, which starts today in San Francisco, will give Microsoft developers a chance to learn more about the new system and try it out. It also will give the company a chance to explain some of the reasoning behind the update and sell developers on Microsoft’s ambitions to regain relevance lost to Apple’s iPad and various devices running Google’s Android software.

There is also speculation that Microsoft could show off a new, smaller version of its Surface tablet computers. One of the new features in Windows 8.1 is the ability to work well on smaller-screen devices.

Windows 8, which was released on Oct 26 last year, was meant to be Microsoft’s answer to changing customer behaviours and the rise of tablet computers. The operating system emphasizes touch controls over the mouse and the keyboard, which had been the main way people have interacted with their personal computers since the 1980s.

But some people have been put off by the radical makeover.

Although Microsoft has said it has sold more than 100 million Windows 8 licenses so far, some analysts have blamed the lacklustre response to the operating system for a steep drop in PC sales in the first three months of the year, the worst drop since tracking by outside research firms began in 1994.

Among the complaints: The lack of a Start button on the lower left corner of the screen.

In previous versions of Windows, that button gave people quick access to programs, settings and other tasks. Microsoft replaced that with a tablet-style, full-screen start page, but that covered up whatever programs people were working on, and it had only favourite programs. Extra steps were needed to access less-used programs. Settings, a search box and other functions were hidden away in a menu that had to be pulled out from the right. How to do that changed depending on whether a mouse or touch was used.

And while Microsoft has encouraged people to use the new tablet-style layout, many programs - including Microsoft’s latest Office software package - are designed for the older, desktop mode. People were forced into the tablet layout when they start up the machine and had to manually switch the desktop mode each time.

Windows 8.1 will allow people to start in the desktop mode automatically. In that mode, it is restoring a button that resembles the old Start button. Although the Start button will now take people back to the new tablet-style start screen, rather than the old Start menu, the re-introduction of the familiar button may make it easier for long-time Windows users to get accustomed to the changes.

Other new features of Windows 8.1 include more options to use multiple apps. People will get more options to determine how much of the screen each app takes while showing up to four different programs, rather than just two. The update will also offer more integrated search results, showing users previews of websites, apps and documents that are on the device, all at once. AP

Source: http://www.todayonline.com/tech/micr...-8-adjustments

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Windows 8.1 set for Oct 18 release

Windows 8.1 set for Oct 18 release



It will be offered as a free download to those already using Windows 8.

AFP | 15-08-13


SAN FRANCISCO - A tweaked version of Microsoft's Windows operating system which restores the "Start" button missed by users and updates other features will be available on October 18, the company said Wednesday.

Windows 8.1 will be offered as a free download to those already using Windows 8, and comes in response to a lukewarm reception to the operating system introduced last year aimed at serving both mobile devices and PCs.

A full retail version of Windows 8.1 will also be available on the same date.

"I know a lot of folks are eager to find out when they will be able to get Windows 8.1," said a blog posting from Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc.

LeBlanc said it would roll out worldwide starting in New Zealand just after midnight.

"Windows 8.1 brings many improvements in areas like personalisation, Internet Explorer 11, search which is powered by Bing, built-in apps including a few new ones, an improved Windows Store experience, and cloud connectivity with SkyDrive (and much more) that people will enjoy," LeBlack said.

A public preview of Windows 8.1 was made available June 26.

At the time, Microsoft said it had sold more than 100 million licenses for Windows 8 but that the update was planned after listening to customers.

Some analysts say Microsoft was forced to act because of slow adoption of Windows 8, which made some radical changes to the design of the desktop.

With Windows 8, Microsoft was trying to create a system that could be used on mobile touch screen devices while also serving the users of traditional PCs.

Microsoft launched Windows 8 last October, revamping its flagship system in an effort to make inroads in the fast-growing mobile segment. At the same time, it launched its Surface tablet computer.

Source: http://www.digitalone.com.sg/news/article/26404

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