A visual walkthrough of 20 new Windows 8.1 features and changes
Microsoft has recieved a lot of negative flack for the radical changes it’s made in
with the complete disconnect from traditional UI elements like the Start button. With the release of the
preview, which you can
try out now
if you are willing to use beta software,
is making strides to appease the user base it left out in the cold.
Many of the features in Windows 8.1 are focused toward business use or bring-your-own-device scenarios, but there are also a ton of new features that improve usability and some that add an extra oomph of aesthetic appeal. The free Windows 8.1 update will officially release in the fall, but let’s take a look at some of the interesting consumer-facing features now.
Start Button: For...uh...starters, Windows 8.1 brings back the Start button. If you’re one of those with an insatiable desire to have your Start button posted in some other corner of your screen, the 8.1 preview does allow you to relocate your task bar and Start button to any edge of your display. The button itself cannot be disabled, and still launches the Start Screen rather than a menu. Furthermore, you can configure the Start Screen to default to the All Apps view if desired.