New images show changes to the Start Screen in Windows 8.1 Update 1

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In the last few weeks we’ve been learning some details about Windows 8.1 Update 1. Today more images have leaked that show off some changes in the Start Screen. So far many of the changes we’ve seen in Update 1 have been about improving usability, and these new changes follow in that trend.

The first thing you’ll notice is the two new buttons next to the user name and icon in the top right. Microsoft has added buttons for search and power. A common complaint about Windows 8 is how difficult it can be to shut down the PC with the hidden options. In Windows 8.1 they made it possible to see the shut down menu by right clicking on the new Start button. In Update 1 they are making it even easier again by putting it right on the Start Screen. The search button will also make it easier for people who don’t use the charms bar.

Another new feature is the resize options appearing in a menu when right clicking on a tile. In Windows 8.1 the resizing options appear in the menu bar on the bottom of the screen. This new way will be much more familiar to people using a mouse and keyboard. That is the theme of most of the changes we’ve seen. Windows 8 is great for touchscreen users, but now Microsoft is working on improving it for mouse and keyboard users.

Do you use Windows 8 with a touchscreen or mouse and keyboard?

[via The Verge]


  • Satwik Kamatmehbro

    mouse and keyboard. But, i never use the metro interface I just use the mail app through my start menu and bypass the need to go to the metro interface first.

  • bikdav

    My main desktop (all separates) has it all – touchscreen, keyboard, mouse, tower. So, I use touchscreen, keyboard and mouse interchangeably. That said, these new options will certainly make things easier. By the way, when is the update coming?