by Christopher Freeburn | February 3, 2014 12:08 pm
Microsoft (MSFT) has been busy readying a major update for its Windows 8.1 operating system.
A number of websites have gotten hold of what is allegedly an early-stage version of the update — dubbed Update 1 for Windows 8.1. The Windows 8.1 update contains a number of tweaks to the Windows 8.1 interface which are designed to make Windows 8.1 easier for users comfortable with traditional point-and-click navigation, PC World notes.
The Windows 8.1 start screen gets new search and power buttons in the update, as well as the ability to pin UI apps to the desktop task bar. The update also adds title bars to Metro apps, accessible by moving the mouse to the top of the screen. Users will also be able to open the Control Panel through a link on the PC Settings app. The final version of the update may or may not contain these features.
Windows 8.1 was released in October as an update for Windows 8, which debuted to decidedly mixed reviews in late 2012. Windows 8.1 restored some long-time Windows functions that had been deleted from Windows 8.
Previous rumors have suggested that the Update 1 for Windows 8.1 would continue to restore traditional desktop functions to Windows 8.1. Microsoft is expected to release Update 1 for Windows 8.1 some time in March or April.
MSFT stock fell more than 2% in Monday mid-day trading.
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