Microsoft listening to users feedback? Yes they are, with an increment update to Windows 8 OS. The updated Windows 8.1 bringing in a bunch of improvements and enhancements in key areas like personalization, search, the built-in apps, Windows Store experience, and cloud connectivity.
What’s Microsoft has stored for us with Windows 8.1 –
- Finally Microsoft brings back the Start Button – it lacks the basic functionality as on older Windows, if you hit the start button it just brings back to the Start screen. Also you can now directly boot to desktop, by skipping the start screen.
- You can turn your PC or tablet into a picture frame by making your Lock screen a slide show of your pictures – either locally on the device or photos from the cloud in SkyDrive.
- In start screen, you can now select multiple apps all at once, resize them, uninstall them, or rearrange them. New ability to filter your apps by name, date installed, most used, or by category.
- Bing deeply integrates to Windows – the global search results powered by Bing bring in a rich, simple-to-read, aggregated view of many content sources (the web, apps, files, SkyDrive, actions you can take) on your query.
- Improved all built-in apps that come with Windows, like Music app has been completely redesigned to help pick and play music from your collection.
- Multi-tasking– Windows 8.1 brings variable, continuous size of snap views, helping you to see multiple apps on the screen at the same time. You can resize apps to any size you want, share the screen between two apps, or have up to four apps on-screen.
- Improved Windows Store in Windows 8, with app listing becoming more descriptive and informative and includes an area for related apps to help with app discovery.
- Updated PC Settings in Windows 8.1 gives you access to all your settings on your device without having to go to the Control Panel on the desktop.
- Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) – It will offer better touch performance, faster page load times and several other new features.