Windows 8.1 Update 1 video demo appears, shows Microsoft listened to interface complaints

Windows 8.1 Update 1 video demo appears, shows Microsoft listened to interface complaints
A short video demo of the leaked Windows 8.1 Update 1 build has appearead, and it shows the upcoming features in action. Things like pinned Metro apps, minimize and close buttons for them, taskbar in apps, right-click context menu in Metro, and numerous other goodies are waiting us with the update.

These reflect the most common complaints from unsuspecting users that bought new machines with Windows 8, and had a brand new and unfamiliar interface fall like a ton of bricks, err... tiles, on them. 

More experienced users have also been lamenting the lack of coherence and communication between the desktop layout, and the new Modern UI interface of Microsoft, and the team from Redmond obviously addressed a lot of those issues.

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23 Comments

1. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

I like Windows 8 out of the box minus the booting into the app screen as a launcher for the desktop instead of the reverse of that process. It would would be less cumbersome if it opened to the desktop rather than the app program screen. The fact that you can use the mouse, a touch screen or a keyboard speeds things up. Most users don't know that the enhanced keyboard keys work just like a touch screen would. The Windows flag key and certain keys launch apps as well as changes between desktop and app drawer effortlessly.

2. geodude074

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Still no Start Menu?

8. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

The old start menu was a place that virus could easily get into your machine so Microsoft did away with it to keep virus attacks at bay. Just hit the Windows logo key to launch anything that the start menu use to do. Windows 8 is way better than 7, but people are set in the old ways unwilling to learn for the better new ways..

13. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Finally somebody else who speaks the truth!

16. tumchaaditya

Posts: 71; Member since: May 21, 2012

Seriously?! Care to explain how start menu was entry point for viruses? In all these years, I have not seen a virus stupid enough to create shortcuts to its files in start menu!

17. Ikechukwu

Posts: 262; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

Way way better than 7. And it just keeps getting better, they'll e eventually realise this -_-

22. geodude074

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

How on earth was the old Start Menu prone to viruses? I've never gotten a virus in my Start Menu, and I don't think I ever will. The new Windows 8 Start Screen is atrocious. Every single time you install a new program it creates a host of cluttered tiles. After I installed The Sims and all its expansions, it was a complete cluttered disorganized mess - that's just one example. Simple features that you could do on the old Start Menu are BURIED DEEP WITHIN the new charms bar. "Computer" is gone, you'll have to manually add a shortcut to get to all of your drives. Documents, Pictures, Music, Control Panel, etc. are no longer in quick reach. And good luck trying to put your Win8 PC in Hibernate without having to Google it. The worst part is, if you're a power user like me, and you have dozens of applications you use, the new Start Menu is just an utter mess and a CHORE to keep organized. With Windows 7 you didn't have to think about it - it just kept it all neat and tidy and alphabetically organized. With Win8 you have to manually organize it. And if you choose to view all your apps, you get a HUGE GINORMOUS SCREEN OF APPLICATIONS that you have to scroll through pages and pages to find. It's a mess and a total step backwards.

11. Xen0F0rm

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

You realize if you right click on the bottom left corner of the desktop screen you get a menu that is way better than the start menu right? It has all the tools you need without the unnecessary recent programs/pinned programs (since pinned programs are on your task bar).

23. geodude074

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Are you telling me every time I want to launch an application, I have to switch over to a new screen and scroll through pages and pages of icons to find the application I'm looking for?

3. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

YES! With this I can finally get rid of windows 7 on my PC

14. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yeah W8 is MUCH better :D

4. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Liked it .. People will start to like it slowly ..

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Thats why I kept Windows 7 in my Lappy. 8 is li'l bit confusing. Hope with this and coming updates it would be more user friendly. :)

15. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

W8 is very easy to use. It takes maybe maximum 2 days to get used to it. (for me it took about 2 minutes)

18. Xen0F0rm

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

Yeah I don't know why people think it's so daunting. It's pretty much the same as Windows 7 only with a start screen instead of start menu. Really the only difference and people freak out. I've liked Windows 8 since day one and was confused with all of the hate towards it. I've come to learn that people don't like change even if it's really minor.

6. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

*appearead -> appeared got your back Daniel ;)

7. sinple

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

i dunno why its so hard. Those without touchscreen stick with old desktop and those with touchscreen stick with metro. And touchscreen with mouse and keyboard can choose 1 of the interface.

9. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

With a enhanced keyboard you don't need a touch screen. I open mail, photos, launch apps and all from using the Windows logo key and other keys at the same time. The directional arrows keys function well to operate in and out of screens as well.

10. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Finally!!! Go Microsoft. Also expecting great things from Satya Nadella(CEO).

12. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Windows 8.1 over windows 7. I love the free apps and having a second screen the modern UI start screen to arrange my programs on. I love the new enhancements Microsoft has added to the Windows 8.1 update. I hope Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Microsoft big wigs do the Following thing which out You tube videos showing beginners how to use The Windows 8.1 computer interface. when a Human being see's and hears another human being giving instructions on how to use the Windows 8.1 computer interface They will quickly catch on to what it is all about. the Type of Video in this News article is simply not good enough to train a person how to use Windows 8.1. I wish there were those Old video professor DVD's out that had a Person and screen shots to teach people how to use Windows 8.1sadly as far as I know no one does this so microsoft must do it.

19. superguy

Posts: 471; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Wow, a lot of Microsoft employees in this thread.

20. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Windows 8.1.1

21. tweetgadget

Posts: 72; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

windows 8.1 is very unstable on my 3 years acer laptop... and fast startup booting option is just bad!!! not recomended for those who dual booting their machine...

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