Windows 8 is getting a makeover soon. Microsoft recently announced the Windows 8.1 update (codenamed Windows Blue), and has now shared more details. Some of the exciting features includes more personalization options, new start screen tiles, vastly improved search, multitasking, new apps, cloud connectivity, boot to desktop and the much awaited start button on the desktop!
Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 upgrade will deliver improvements and enhancements in key areas, and it evident that they have paid much attention to the feedback received from the users. Operating systems evolve with time, and that is seen in this case too. From the first look at Windows 8.1, things look promising and exciting!
Here’s the first look at Windows 8.1 Preview:
Some key enhancements in Windows 8.1 include:
- New tile sizes on the Start Screen, for more efficiency
- Set desktop background as your Start screen background
- Motion enabled backgrounds
- More ways to re-arrange start screen
- View all apps just by swiping from the bottom of the screen along with new sorting options
- Photo frame like Lock screen, which is cloud enabled
- New search features – curated results in an app like experience on whatever you search, drawing information from PC, cloud and web
- New and improved Photos and Music apps, and more
- New multitasking features include resizing of snap views
- Resize apps to any size in snap view
- Up to four apps on screen (well, that’s multitasking!)
- Improved Windows Store
- Cloud connectivity - files can be saved directly to SkyDrive
- Updated PC settings
- Internet Explorer 11
- A start button on desktop (YES!!), takes you to the start screen (more details to come)
- Boot to desktop, an option switched off by default, but can be turned on now
- There’s more!
This is the beginning, and Microsoft assures of more to come with latest advancements in hardware, apps, cloud services and the OS.
When is it coming?
The Windows 8.1 will be made available as a public preview on June 26th, at the start of Build developer conference. The upgrade will be provided to all Windows 8 users free of cost. That now sound so similar to the mobile OS upgrades, isn’t it?
We are excited to check out the new Windows 8, are you? Share your thoughts below.
Via: Windows Blog