First Look At Windows 8.1

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  1. MIG-31

    MIG-31 HardwareHeaven News Mod Staff Member

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    Microsoft has put out a new video highlighting some of the new features of Windows 8.1.
     
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    Some nice improvements, he didn't mention anything about the start button :D
     
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    Meh - they very enamoured with their nice floaty interface but the question that comes to me is 'what am I supposed to do with it?'. It may well be a decent interface on a tablet or a smartphone, on a desktop PC I am not interested in Metro crap.
     
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    that search is very useful indeed
     
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    It comes with start button.What a relief..Now i can save some time with ease...:w00t:
     
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    The "Start" button is a ruse, folks. All it does is switch you from the Desktop back to the Metro UI. In a sense, all they did was make the icon that pops up when you move your mouse over the bottom left corner of the screen permanently visible. That's it.

    Take a look at this video, from 1:15 on.

     
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    :wtf:What makes the windows key and start icon different then ? I thought reaching all programs easier with start button...:mad:
     
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    You're right on, ipoker. On Windows 8 hitting the Windows key does switch between the desktop and Metro, although it does this after you've gone to the desktop at least once. All this new Start icon does... well.. it's just a fancy alt+tab or Windows key+tab single click button. Wow. [​IMG]

    The "feels like the tiles are floating on the desktop" thing the guy is talking about, it is in relation to the fact you can have your desktop and Metro UI background the same. So, switching from Metro to Desktop, and back, and fourth is more seamless. Thing is you got to see what the new Start button actually did.

    The thing to remember is that Microsoft considers the first tiles you come to whenever Metro loads as the Start tiles (that's why it says Start above the left most tiles). Whenever you swipe from the right edge inward there is a "Start" icon that takes you to those tiles in Metro, and if you move your mouse over the bottom left corner on the desktop you see a small picture of the Metro UI with the word "Start" on it which brings you, again, to those "Start" tiles.
     
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    Made me remember how ugly the new logo is. ;)
     
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    so is 8.1 going to be a downloadable upgrade like a service pack or a whole new release ?
     
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    It's basically a service pack, but so far they've said it can only be downloaded from within Windows Store, rather than through the Windows Update routine. It's free but if you don't already have a Microsoft Account registered, you'll have to do that to get the update. They might cave and make the packages available for regular download, unless the update itself requires a Microsoft Account anyway. They so badly want people to start shopping within the Windows Store.
     
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    Word of warning: whatever you do, do not install the preview unless you intend to re-install your OS when the final hits. Microsoft has already stated that you cannot install the final build/upgrade on top of the preview install.
     
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