Published On: Fri, Apr 4th, 2014


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With the reformation of windows 8 ,  Microsoft announced that it will bring the Start menu back to Windows. The feature was removed in Windows 8, leaving millions of computer users disappointed. The company also announced an update to Windows 8.1 that will add several features such as onscreen shutdown button and ability to pin Modern UI apps to taskbar to the OS. This will make using Windows 8.1 easier on computers that have keyboard and mouse.
The Start menu that Microsoft briefly showed on Wednesday looked like the one found in Windows 7. The company showed that when the Start button was clicked, users got access to the apps installed on the computer. It also allowed quick access to Modern UI (user interface) apps. The company said that it was working on this Start menu. But it is likely that this Start menu will not be a part of the Windows 8.1 Update, which will be available on April 8.

To make Windows 8 more familiar and easier use, Microsoft was also working on a “windowed” mode for Modern UI apps. Currently, these applications run in either full-screen mode or a “snapped” mode where they look like a strip and take the full vertical screen space. In comparison, the traditional Windows applications run in a resizable window. Among the new features, the most important is the option to pin apps with Modern UI into the desktop taskbar.
There are some other notable features in Windows 8.1 Update. Here is a list:

— If you are using a desktop computer or a laptop, you will be able to boot directly into the desktop mode. Now users no longer have to deal with Modern UI start screen, which is full of tiles, if they don’t want.

— Search and shutdown buttons are now always visible in the top right corner of the screen.

— In an app that uses Modern UI, if a user navigates to the top of the screen, it will show close and minimize buttons. This means to close a Modern UI app, a user will have to no longer hold the mouse and drag the window downwards.

— Right click on a tile of an application in Modern UI mode will open a context menu.

— Windows Store will be pinned to the task bar by default.

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