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New Features of the Windows 8.1 Update

Microsoft has announced a Windows 8.1 update which will host a variety of new features to allow mouse-and-keyboard users to navigate the platform easier.

The Windows 8.1 update has been given a variety of names including Windows 8.1 update 1, Spring update, GDR 1, Win 8.1.1, Win 8.2 and/or Windows 8.1 2014 update. As 95% of the Windows users currently operate Windows 8.1 with a mouse and keyboard, the update is expected to make the experience easier and show the user features they may have missed before.

One of the new features on the Windows 8.1 update is to automatically create a desktop for the user. The original Windows 8.1 update allowed users to create this themselves; however Microsoft discovered that the majority of users didn’t know how to do this.

Another new feature has created two new icons on the Start page, in the upper right hand corner (next to the user’s name). The first icon lets you shut down, sleep, lock, sign out or restart. This icon makes the Windows 8.1 update user friendly for those that have previously shut down Windows through the Start button. The second icon invokes the Windows search pane allowing the user to search easily. Both of these features did exist in the previous Windows 8.1 update, but many users couldn’t find them. Windows has just highlighted and brought them forward.

One of the most complained about features in the previous Windows 8.1 update, was the fact the taskbar only appeared when you were on the desktop screen. Windows have rectified this and created a taskbar that follows the user whatever screen they view. This allows the user to easily switch from one app to another by moving the mouse pointer to the bottom edge of the screen.

The whole Windows 8.1 update is built around user experience, especially for businesses. Microsoft have said the Windows 8.1 update “includes additional features that improve the compatibility of Internet Explorer, extend policy settings for mobile device management, and more easily install first-party apps for easier deployments across businesses”.

If you would like assistance installing this update or require general Windows support for your business, please contact us. We have a dedicated cross platform maintenance team, providing specialised Windows, Apple Mac and Linux support.

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