Windows 8.1 Update 1 launch date

An update for Windows 8.1 will be available to users from Tuesday, 8 April 2014, the head of Microsoft’s operating system group, Joe Belfiore, said on Wednesday, 2 April 2014.

Delivering a keynote presentation at the Microsoft Build conference, Belfiore demonstrated a few tweaks to the Windows 8.1 user experience for mouse & keyboard users.

With the new Windows 8.1 update, users will be able to access a context menu within the Windows 8 start screen by right clicking.

Rather than bringing up a bar at the bottom of the screen, this context menu returns the form and function of the right-click menu from earlier versions of Windows.

Windows Modern UI Facebook app showing new title bar
Windows “Modern UI” Facebook app showing new title bar

Belfiore also showed that Windows 8.1 users will also now be able to switch between “Win32” desktop applications and “modern UI” application downloaded from the Windows Store from the taskbar.

Users will also be able to bring their mouse pointer to the top of the screen while a modern app is open to bring up a title bar that contains the familiar minimise and close buttons.

When the mouse pointer is brought to the bottom of the screen while a “modern UI” app is open, the taskbar pops up and users can switch to different applications that way.

The update to Windows 8.1 will be made available to the general public on Tuesday, 8 April 2014, Belfiore said.

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