The world’s largest software company Microsoft finally announced that the “ Start” Button is coming back to Windows 8 in the upcoming “Blue” update, which will officially make the Windows up to version 8.1.
Microsoft has sold more than 100 million Windows 8 licenses since October, broadly in line with Windows 7 three years ago, the company must tackle a dwindling PC user base and its inability to make a mark in the exploding tablet market.
Start Button Image :
Microsoft said the Windows 8.1 update will have a Start button in the bottom left corner of the screen that acts like the “start” button in previous versions of Windows. Although it will not be labelled “start”, it features the Windows logo and takes the user straight to a grid of applications.
New & Improved Windows 8 :
- There are two new sizes of live tile in Windows 8.1: tiny and extra-large.
- Snap — where you have two different-size windows on the screen — gets a big upgrade in Windows 8.1. You can split the screen however you want now, and even use Snap with multiple apps at the same time.
- The Improvised ‘Search button’, which enable users to search for documents, apps, and items on the internet from a single search bar. Search button which will provide global search results powered by Bing, and improvements to the built-in apps such as the Photos app which will sport new editing features, and a completely redesigned Music app.
- All applications could be viewed immediately in a grid by swiping down or clicking a Start button-on-screen, quite functional for unfamiliar users .
- Windows 8.1 will provide more colors, backgrounds, and motion-based wallpapers. Users can also assign their current desktop wallpaper to the Start screen as well, providing the user a sense of unity between the two interfaces. Users can customize the screen by changing size of app icons and for the first time ever, open two windows simultaneously. Users will also be able to share the screen between two apps, or have up to three apps on each screen if multiple displays are connected.
- The update will sport Microsoft’s most recent browser, Internet Explorer 11, and will let users restore address bar and tabs to the display and lets the user restore the address bar and tabs to the screen view.
Microsoft’s also using Windows 8.1 to give SkyDrive a major boost; it’s more deeply integrated than ever before, storing all of your settings and apps automatically to make switching from PC to PC a seamless experience.
You can easily pick which files from SkyDrive get mirrored to your PC. It’s also the default place to save documents.You can also save individual files directly to SkyDrive from Windows 8.1, while accessing any of your cloud-based docs from the SkyDrive app, even when offline. SkyDrive may not get as much hype as the iClouds and Google Drives of the world, but it’s a terrific service that deserves the spotlight.
- Even though Users will also no longer have to switch to the old desktop view to make changes in their default settings.
Windows 8 was designed to be used both on touch-screen tablets and traditional PCs. But while touch-screen users tend to like the new “tile”-based interface, many mouse and keyboard users complained that the new design was confusing.
The public preview of Windows 8.1 is scheduled to be released at the 2013 Build Conference, to be held from June 26 to 28, 2013 in San Francisco.
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