Microsoft offers more detailed videos about the user experience that comes with the Windows 8.1 update

Microsoft offers more detailed videos about the user experience that comes with the Windows 8.1 update
Windows 8.1 is here. We saw a lot of great features coming to Microsoft’s Operating System at Build 2014. Windows remains touch friendly for our tablets, but it also incorporates more features that are a bit friendlier for those of us still operating in a desktop environment too.

Granted, some would argue that Microsoft took a few steps back with the Windows 8.1 update, and that is an accurate assessment. However, the integration that is being implemented across all our operating environs, tablet, PC, Windows Phone, or even Xbox, is something that is a step ahead of other platforms right now.

The new videos discuss in plainer detail what these updates to Windows 8.1 mean to you the user, and how these features can be accessed via touch or mouse. Details about the desktop, reminders about how the charms may be useful, and how to make the OS centered on your general preferences are all there.

Some of the information is basic, but for those that are getting ready to download the update, these little nuances will be quite helpful. Being able to pin “modern” apps to the taskbar is a nice touch, and the forthcoming revisions to the “start” button will bring a cleaner integration of menu options and Live Tiles.

Have you downloaded the update for your Surface Pro, other tablet, or PC?


source: Windows (YouTube)

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34 Comments

1. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"Granted, some would argue that Microsoft took a few steps back with the Windows 8.1 update, and that is an accurate assessment." Maybe I missed something.....but who is saying this and why?

2. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Me for one! I thought Windows 8 sucks and it does, but Windows 8.1 is worse. I got more problems then I ever had. I want to wipe my PC and go back to Windows 7 but I'm lazy. I have glitches, driver problems, random crashes, just to name a few things. I wonder why PC sales have been failing hard??? Maybe because Windows anything 8+ is no good.

5. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

You know what...I thought this was the WP update...its the desktop version...lol I am on Win 7 and plan on staying there for a long time.

12. papss unregistered

I did the same initially lol..

14. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Win 8 seems to be the new Vista. :-(

22. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

either ur PC is soo ancient that it's falling apart or u r just trolling and u don't have W8 let alone W8.1. I understand that the Modern UI is a love or hate matter but what u claim is completely false. actually, it is the complete opposite, W8.1 made the OS more stable (even though W8 was stable enough). and there are almost zero reports of the problems u mentioned (even on W8). it's also actually illogical for such problems to arise because w8 and w8.1 are completely based on W7 so if u do have these problems, then expect worse and more problems on W7.

25. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

You sir are a fanboy. My PC is a high end gaming machine. Modern UI has nothing to do with it I don't even use it. Thanks to Retro UI. Windows 8 and or 8.1 has a lot of problems that Windows 7 never did. I'm not the only one by far that is having problems with it. Google it don't Bing it... I would post a few of many of the links on the subject but PA gets pissed when you do. I can go on and on about how drivers now work in W8+ and how it's been a nightmare trying to get them to work and work properly. It's been even worse on 8.1 because I can no longer do the steps that worked on W8. Windows 8+ is junk and everyone thinks it. What you and a few others don't. I don't care the sales speak for themselves. The PC market as a whole starteding suffering once W8 came out.

26. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Further proof that every other version of Windows sucks. I loved XP and 7 but loathe VIsta and 8. Great explanation on many of the problems a lot of us seem to have Pings.

34. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I should have mentioned I never used or intended to use Windows 8. Only because I have learned with MS if it works good, jumping to the latest n greatest isnt always the best thing. Like some things in life. I am one of the few that actually had very lil problems on Vista. Only reason I went to 7 was because it ran out the box like my Vista setup did after some tweaks and SP, updates. And so many ppl around me had 7..it was easier to help them with PC problems by installing it. I still have and use XP too. Just not alot...mostly for a few quirky things and help anytime my 7 install is acting funny. There was a show stopping bug on my Vista setup where the MBR got wiped on my machine a few times...but I dont know if it was Vista or me running a multi OS setup across partitions and hard drives. I had 2 versions of Windows, a few versions of Linux. It was a cluttered mess...but I wanted to try something. I was also using Acronis Disk Director...maybe that was an issue. Now I just dual boot and use separate hard drives. If I ever go more than 2 OS's again...all will have their own hard drive. Dual booting has saved me already from a corrupt partition table.

3. LAFN

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 19, 2009

Not sure where the proper place to comment is but I dislike the new Phone Arena setting. When you scroll down in an article to see the comments it jumps to show you all the other articles below it. Can we shut that off? If I want to see other articles I know how to go back to the home page. Thanks!

7. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Absolutely, it's a pain in the ass on mobile devices. You'd think a site called "Phonearena" would be phone friendly, but it isn't at all.

4. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Do Windows users tensely wait for the next release out of excitement about new features, out of desperation about much needed fixes or out of horror about new bugs?

23. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Do droid users wait for much anticipated root releases to fix the core crap of droid?

6. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

wheres the start menu

27. true1984

Posts: 866; Member since: May 23, 2012

and thats why i wont upgrade to windows 8 or 8.1

8. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

I love Windows 8.1 , I use it more than my Mac

16. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Opposite on me...

20. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Finally someone who understands :)

29. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

A week after getting a new laptop, my first Mac, I had to get some file sin the old Windows laptop. I almost heaved my lunch! There's no way back to that monstrosity.

9. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Downloading to my DV8P right now. Will update my laptop later tonight.

10. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Loving 8.1, the start menu is back but the haters will of course move the goal post by finding something else to whine about.

11. papss unregistered

I agree fully❕ its amazing how much hate m$ gets no matter how much they try to improve. Their faces are so close to googles genitals that they can't see anything around them.

30. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

If only MS did more then try and actually did improve anything...

13. b0wzer

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

There will always be people who resist change and stand in the way of progress.

15. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Progress or change for only the sake of change?

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Windows 8.1 (+ a start menu program if you want one) is better than Windows 7 in basically every way

19. jeff1434325

Posts: 97; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

well said.

28. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

@vincelongman. In what way? Name 5 since according to you there are so many examples to choose from.

33. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

My main two favorite things (many people will disagree with my second point, but that's 100% personal preference) 1. Faster, especially boot up times, my hybrid (SSD) boots up in ~5 sec, my gaming PC (HDD) in ~20 sec 2. Metro/Start Screen, I've never liked the Start Menu, I've always used the taskbar and a Mac OS X copy dock, but since Window I've been using the taskbar and Start Screen. I've used Steam Tile and OblyTile to turn half of my Start Screen to Game launcher. Also several more minor improvements as well. IMO Window 8/8.1 wasn't really a major leap forward, but I don't think its a step back either

31. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Indeed. Windows users are stuck int he 20th century and refuse to let it go.

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