Microsoft is backtracking the Windows 8.1 interface, introducing Window-ed Store apps and adds support for 4K or higher resolutions screens natively.
Windows 8.1 Update 1 is the first major update to Windows 8.1, which was released on October 18, 2013. Today, a new collection of photos have been published on the Web by the Russian leaker WZOR.
If the rumors are to be believed, the new version of the OS will be going to take “U-Turn” for the benefits of those who prefer to use keyboard and mouse.
According to leaks, the software maker has set desktop interface as the default mode, detecting the hardware capabilities of devices. However, it’s not yet clear how this change will affect the hybrid devices. Maybe the choice of the interface will be prompted during the installation.
Among additions, yet another visible change is the fusion of modern and desktop interfaces. Now, the Store apps is Window-ed and can be closed, and minimized – will run full-screen mode as earlier — just like the desktop apps. Besides, the rebranding of SkyDrive as OneDrive has also been spotted in the OS.
The OS update also provides support for 4K display or higher-resolution screens for the first time natively.
In addition, the most talked-about feature of Windows 8.1 Update 1 is the return of the familiar and popular Start Menu, abandoned with the first live-tile interface featured in Windows 8. At the moment, it’s still a secret, and we may have to wait for the Windows 9 codenamed “Threshold”, scheduled for Spring 2015.
In any case, Microsoft has listened the feedback and learned from the telemetry data that they collect from each Windows user, and it will indeed give a boost to the adoption rates of Windows 8.1.
Microsoft will release the final version of Update 1 for Windows 8.1 on Tuesday, March 11 for all Windows 8.1 devices in 230 markets and 37 languages.