Microsoft makes changes to Windows 8.1 OS having mouse and keyboard PC users in mind

Microsoft makes changes to Windows 8.1 OS having mouse and keyboard PC users in mind

Published by Andreea Brown on 03 Feb 2014. View by 1482 readers.


Resetting the Start button on the taskbar in Windows 8.1 is just the first change in a series of new amendments prepared by Microsoft for Windows 8.



Microsoft is thinking about old users intending to make a number of changes designed to make Windows 8 operating system more friendly to ordinary users who still use the PC with mouse and keyboard.

Now being only an option that can be enabled after installation, hiding the Start screen at Windows 8.1 startup will be used by default for new installations made with revision Update 1. Microsoft hopes to attract as many followers as possible among former users of Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, users that prefers classic taskbar and open applications easily manageable in individual windows.

While it may seem insignificant, modification announces the beginning of a fundamental rethinking strategy after which Windows 8 was molded and promoted as a optimized platform for touch screens. Forced to accept that the majority of Windows users will not give up the mouse and keyboard just because the marketing department decided that they are obsolete, Microsoft is now trying to reduce the gap created between Modern UI interface and the traditional desktop.

On the one hand the Start screen introduced to remove the new Windows 8 apps in front of as many millions of users is overshadowed and left minimized at startup and applications originally designed to operate only in Modern UI interface are adapted to "survive" in the desktop environment. Thus, in addition to boot -to -desktop mode, Update 1 for Windows 8.1 also brings buttons for minimizing, closing and sizing using Snap mode, respectively Modern UI support for fixing the applications in the classic taskbar. With the ability to function in normal window that can be moved and resized at will, Windows 8 applications will begin to be attractive for users who own mouse and keyboard configurations, which could give further impetus to software producers that have hesitated until now to add their own applications to the collection hosted in Windows Store.

Designed as an intermediate step in preparing a more comprehensive package of improvements that will be introduced with Windows 9, Update 1 for Windows 8.1 is expected in the month of March, following the Microsoft Build conference in April to find out further details about broader changes prepared for Windows 9.


Tags: Microsoft, Windows 8.1, mouse and keyboard PC users, Windows 8, Update 1, Start screen, Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, Modern UI interface, boot -to -desktop mode, Windows Store, Microsoft Build conference, Windows 9

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