Windows 8.1 Update 1 was released on April 8, 2014. For most users, Microsoft has made subtle improvements and settings changes which will make the overall functionality OS feel more natural. However, for others, this upgrade still won’t be enough.
Take a look at our first impressions of the upgrade and whether or not this is a step in the right direction for Microsoft.
What Changed in Windows 8.1 Update 1?
One of the biggest changes to Windows 8.1 updates in the future is that if you haven’t installed the Windows 8.1 Update 1, you will not be able to install future updates. Until it’s installed, you’re closed off from security updates, Service Packs and more. This is a welcome change to the Windows Update Tool because it forces users to move along with the times and implement patches and fixes to make Windows stable.
Two of the most welcomed changes come on the Start Screen in the form of a Power Button and a Search Icon.
You can now pin Windows Store apps to the Taskbar, alongside your normal desktop-based apps for quick access.
Windows apps now have a Minimize and Close function in the toolbar, making them look more like desktop apps than mobile ones on the PC version of Windows 8.1.
More options were added to tile customizations on the Start Screen making it that much easier to get the Start Screen to do what you want when you want it.
You can now boot to a desktop through Taskbar Navigation settings as opposed to workarounds that exist for the functionality.
Whenever you install a new app, you’ll not only see the tile notification but you’ll be shown you’ve installed new apps near the All Apps View shortcut on the Start Screen.
These are the major, immediate changes you’ll see in Windows 8.1 Upgrade 1. Many subtle changes have taken place with the design of keyboard shortcuts, mouse and touch features and the overall functionality of Windows 8.1.
Microsoft also made changes to the availability of the Windows 8.1 standalone update through the Windows Store. This allows more devices and PCs that were previously unable to install the update be able to do so, then upgrade to Windows 8.1 Update 1.
We’ll be covering all the changes to Windows 8.1 Update 1 in more detail in the coming weeks. If there’s anything you’d like to see us address the upgrade, comment and let us know.
The Windows 8.1 Update 1 was meant to address consumer concerns that Windows 8 and 8.1 were hard to use and more cumbersome than Microsoft meant them to be. This is definitely a positive step in the right direction for Windows 8.1.
We encourage those readers who opted to step away from Windows 8.1 and give it a try after making the upgrade. We hope you’ll be as surprised as we were that Microsoft has finally given in and listened to consumer feedback, complaints, and criticism of their OS.