The biggest disappointment with Windows 8 OS was missing Start button. Consumers were so pissed off with Microsoft that they stopped buying desktops and notebooks all together. Since the coming of Windows 8 in the market, it is constantly said that PC sales aren't increasing any more. There are couples of reason for the decline. However, Microsoft has finally started to address each impending issue -starting with Windows 8.1. Also known by the name of Windows Blue (Codename!!), it's the first major update from Redmond-based software giant. The company is expected to refresh its OS on a yearly basis.
The biggest highlight of Windows 8.1 is indeed the coming of Start button. Microsoft says that Start button will always visible on the desktop. Even in the Live Tile mode, it can be seen when you move mouse is moved to the bottom-left corner. The tech giant also added another major functionality. Now, you can boot straight from the desktop.
Internet Explorer 11
Microsoft also announced Internet Explorer 11. The software giant claims that the newer version gives better touch performance and faster loading times. Whether a user wants address bar to be shown is possible with the Internet Explorer 11. There is an added option in which user can open unlimited of apps at a same time.
Live Tile Area
With the coming of Windows 8.1, the tech vendor also announces a desirable change in the Live Tile area. It is possible to view apps just by swiping from the bottom. Now filtering an app is possible in accordance to name, date, and on the basis of number of times an app has been used. You can select multiple apps -resize them or uninstall them.
Skydrive, a new way to save your documents in a cloud, gets a refreshing change. Now files will be automatically saved, and offline saving feature is also possible.
Another change that allows you to use multiple apps -thanks to Windows 8.1. It is possible to share the screen between two apps or even three apps, for instance.
Pricing and Release Date
Talking about the pricing, no information has been shared by Microsoft. The public view will be made available on June 26. This new update sounds a lot like Apple's Mac OS X update. Stay tuned to GizBot.