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Windows 8.1 Update 1 Notes
Start screen: Power button
On some but not all PCs, you will now see an obvious Power button in the upper-right of the Start screen, between the User tile and a new Search button. This Power button provides the same menu of power management choices as you’ll see with the Power button in the Settings pane and the Quick Access (WINKEY + X) menu, but it’s more obvious and is a response to user complaints.
Start screen: Search button
Another new button, Search, now appears on the Start screen as well. This makes this crucial functionality more obvious to everyone, though the old methods (keyboard shortcuts and the Search charm) still work too.
Start screen: Tiles customization
In Windows 8 and 8.1, if you tried to customize the Start screen tiles with a mouse, it would be behave as it did with touch: An app bar would appear, providing contextual options via command buttons. In Update 1, these customizations now trigger more familiar pop-up menus like the ones a user would see when they right-click in the desktop environment. The theory here is that this new approach is more consistent with the user experiences traditional PC users know and trust.
App install notification
The way that Windows handles new app installs continues to be problematic with Update 1. In the original shipping version of Windows 8, Microsoft treated the Start screen as it did the Start menu in older Windows versions: Every time you installed a desktop application, you’d get an often overwhelming number of tiles (icons) pinned to the end of the Start screen. (Metro apps are only allowed to have one default Start screen tile, so this wasn’t an issue.) In Update 1, Microsoft retains the no app pinning policy, but it’s added a well-intentioned new feature: You will see a new app notification at the bottom of the Start screen.
App suggestions in search results
If you’re familiar with the Smart Search feature that debuted in Windows 8.1, you know that Microsoft is now commingling results from the web with searches of the files on your PC. With Update 1, Smart Search is getting anew feature that debuted previously in Windows Phone: It will suggest Metro apps to you based on the search query.
More apps in Apps
Responding to complaints that the Apps screen isn’t particularly denseâit’s clearly designed for touchâMicrosofthas added an option to display more app tiles onscreen at once in this view. Not a huge deal, of course, but a little nicety for desktop users or those with huge screens.
Start screen: PC Settings tile
This one isn’t exactly huge, but Microsoft now pins the PC Settings tile to the Start screen by default. (You could have done this manually yourself previously.) This makes PC Settings both more discoverable and more easily accessible: The normal way to access it was via a text link in the Settings pane, which you reached through the Settings charm.
Pin Metro apps to the taskbar
In Windows 8 and 8.1, you could pin desktop applications (and some other desktop items like Recycle Bin) to the Start screen. But you couldn’t pin Metro apps to the taskbar. Since Microsoft knows that a huge percentage of people actually use the taskbar as their primary application launching interface, and have continued to do so since Windows 8 arrived, it makes sense that they would improve this functionality to include Metro apps. So this feature is configured by default when you install Update 1.
Title bar and window controls in Metro apps
If you’re using Windows 8.1 with Update 1 on a PC that has a mouse, you will see a new title bar at the top of the app when the app launches, and then again if you mouse the mouse cursor to the top of the screen. It is otherwise hidden and does not appear when you’re touching the screen or otherwise not using a mouse.
Boot to desktop by default on non-touch PCs
If you are using a traditional, non-touch PC with Windows 8.1 Update 1 installed, the PC will now bypass the Start screen and boot to the desktop by default. This feature can be overridden by the PC maker, and you can of course change this behavior as well.
For help with your Win 8.1 systems contact us at CCS Retail Systems, Inc. Support.