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Windows 8.1 update user interface leaks in full

It's almost as if Microsoft has been listening to customers
Mon Feb 03 2014, 15:46
Lenovo Miix 2 with Windows 8.1 at CES

FULL SCREENSHOTS of Windows 8.1 Update 1 have leaked for the first time.

Screenshots for the upcoming Windows 8.1 update have already been leaked, but this full image that was downloaded to filesharing websites over the weekend is the first solid evidence of the direction that Microsoft has decided to take to win back disgruntled customers.

According to The Verge, the most notable concession is the arrival of window controls for Windows 8 Metro apps. This means that Metro apps will behave just as traditional Windows programs do, with options to minimise, maximise and snap to sides.

As expected, the traditional Start Menu doesn't return, however by right-clicking on the Start Button options appear to manipulate Windows 8 Metro apps, including taskbar pinning, uninstalling, pinning and resizing. Search and shutdown options have been brought into the Start Screen, where previously they had been tucked away in side menus that proved hard for mouse users to access.

As suggested in the leaks, the new version has a heavy emphasis on making sure that mouse and keyboard users, who have found the user interface changes of Windows 8 the most difficult to deal with, are more sympathetically catered for, and the option to pin apps to the desktop along with programs gives an indication that Microsoft is accepting that the tiled Metro interface isn't for everyone and that there is life in the Windows desktop yet.

Microsoft is expected to release Update 1 for Windows 8.1 in March ahead of its Build Conference the following month. µ


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