A lot has been said about Windows 8 since the release back in 2012. The new Metro user interface and the missing Start button is just some of the things that the critics has highlighted as reasons why Windows 8 has not been the big hit that Microsoft was hoping.
The good news is the Microsoft is working on and update to address some of these issues. The new update is called Windows 8.1 “Blue” and Microsoft is going to release the preview at its Build developers conference that is scheduled to take place on June 26th in San Francisco.
As the new version has not yet been released for test it is difficult to say what it will include, but some things has been leaked from Microsoft and as always there are a lot of rumors about this release. In this post I will try to present some of the top features we can expect of Windows 8.1
Return of the Start Button
Windows 8.1 could be the return of the Windows Start button. It might not be the traditional Start Button as we know it, but a lot a indicating that some kind of Start Button will be re-introduced in Windows 8.1.
Boot to Desktop
In Windows 8 it is not possible to boot directly to the classic Windows Desktop, but only to the new Metro user interface. A lot indicate that it is going to change in Windows 8.1. Everything indicates that there will be an option to make Windows start directly on the classic desktop.
More Tiles Size in Metro
The metro interface will be introduced with new increased level of customization. Uses will be able to resize Live Tiles just like we know it on Windows Phone.
Internet Explorer 11
A new version of Internet Explorer is to be released within the Windows 8.1 update. I have not been able to find any information about the news in IE11.
Improved SkyDrive Integration
Windows 8.1 is going to provide better integration for SkyDrive. One of the new feature will be that SkyDrive can be set as the default save location for a variety of different applications. Another SkyDrive feature will be automatically upload of photos and videos to your SkyDrive account.
Final words on Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1 is not a Service Pack and it is not a new Operating System. It is something in between that we have not seen from Microsoft before. The upgrade is a new strategy from Microsoft that means that they are going to release upgrades to their OS on a yearly basis. The upgrade will not be free, but are expecting to be a lot cheaper than a new OS. Some rumors indicate a price around $30.
What do you think? Will Microsoft succeed making Windows 8 more popular with the new update? Please drop me a comment below.