Microsoft has finally officially announced the first ever update for Windows 8.1 is coming this spring. Windows 8.1 works flawlessly on a touch-screen but the "Update 1" is aimed especially for mouse and keyboard users like a title bar at the top of modern apps, and power / search buttons on the Windows 8.1 Start Screen. Microsoft has made a number of UI changes to Windows 8.1 that will make the Modern side of the OS "more familiar and more convenient for users with mouse/keyboard."
Over the next few months, we’ll continue to deliver innovation and progression with an update to Windows 8.1, coming this spring. We’re especially excited about several things I want to preview with you here.
- We’ll enable our partners to build lower cost hardware for a great Windows experience at highly competitive price points.
- We are making improvements to the user interface that will naturally bridge touch and desktop, especially for our mouse and keyboard users. We have a number of targeted UI improvements that keep our highly satisfying touch experience intact, but that make the UI more familiar and more convenient for users with mouse/keyboard. Don’t worry, we still LOVE and BELIEVE IN touch… but you’ll like how much more smooth and convenient these changes make mouse and keyboard use!
- We are enhancing support for enterprise customers via a few tweaks, particularly including features that greatly improve IE8 compatibility in Internet Explorer 11, which is especially critical for web-based line of business applications. Additionally, we’re extending mobile device management capabilities and making deployment easier.
Source: Windows Blog