Microsoft Details Windows 8.1 Including the Return of the Start Button

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    For a while some folks out there have complained because Windows 8 removed the comfortable and familiar "Start button." If you fall within this camp you will be pleased to know Microsoft has officially confirmed it will be back in Windows 8.1; however it is important to note that it is a little different this time. Clicking on it brings up a metro-style list of your installed apps installed. You can still move these around and customize it, so it should be very similar in functionality.

    Of course there is a great deal more coming in this newest version of the OS. A large host of features were recently detailed by Microsoft regarding the new massive update to Windows. Here's a quote with a few more details,

    As you can see, Microsoft is not toying around and is bringing a great deal of innovation for just an incremental update. In fact, these were just the highlights they shared. There's more coming.

    Source: SlashGear
     
  2. TheConstruct

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    I am really looking forward to Naming Groups and making the Start Screen dense with smaller icons/tiles/whatever. I liked that apps added themselves to the Start Screen, but easier access to all apps will ease that transition. Over all I am really looking forward to this update. Now If I could find a Bluetooth Trackball. The search continues.
     
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    You can already name groups of tiles. All you do is pinch in at the Start screen and select the group you want to name. Unless this is a different group you're trying to name.
     
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    Ah! You have to tickle it. Thank you!
     
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    I didn't know you could do that... Thanks!
     
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    My coworker just turned around and asked “why even bother giving people a start button which takes you back to the Start screen?” I responded “understand, the traditional start menu is not coming back, accept it already!”

    Of course, he’s an Apple fan and likes to gloat that Apple tablets are #1. They’re only #1 because they have a few years head start and were the first to place a device like that on the market, so yeah of course they are ahead than everyone else.
     
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    Awesome:

    Users will be able to use their lock screens as a slideshow to show off their favorite set of photos

    quickly move around apps to your liking by resizing them and moving multiple apps around at the same time

    Windows 8 Search also is receiving a nice little bump

    As for built-in apps in Windows 8, Microsoft is improving all of them in some way or another, as well as improving multitasking between apps. Microsoft says that the Photos app will come with some new editing features, and the Music app has been redesigned. As for multitasking, Windows 8.1 will allow users to “snap” up to three apps on one screen, and you’ll be able to resize apps to any size you want, so those with multiple monitors will be able to have a ton of apps open and viewable at once, which is pretty cool.
     
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    I think what MS means is you will be able to put some tiles into a folder group (like Games) . I hope that's what they mean as I loved that ability on my ipod touch and android phnoe and hate having to scroll through my hundred or so tiles to get to the end - Grouping would make much more sense.

    The features they are adding sound great - Let's hope it makes people realize how trulky awesome the Surface RT is.
     
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    Your Apple co-worker will be wanting an Rt after he sees 3 apps multitasked side by side. Or maybe not , as Apple Fanboys think the limited prodiucts they use are still cutting edge.
     
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