As news around the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1 has slowly been released via screenshots, exciting news came for those who don’t use touch screens. On Friday, news from a number of sources indicated that users who use non-touchscreen devices will be able to boot directly to their desktops, finally.
For those who don’t have a touchscreen, the idea of a tablet interface on Windows 8.1 has been puzzling. But, the latest news on Friday should appease them for now. The ability to boot directly to the desktop will give them the feel of Windows without the junked up tile interfaces that they have complained about.
Desktop Boot and Keyboard/Mouse Support
In the latest leaks, the focus of the update is geared to make desktop users happy. The Windows 8.1 Update 1 indications are that if you don’t have a touchscreen, then why give you a touchscreen interface? This will make it easier for users to access their programs, data, and give them a user experience that they know, versus one they have to learn.
The other major changes for the desktop, continue to be the enhancements made to the desktop and mouse experience. With new shutdown options, various new menus, and a number of other changes, those with a keyboard and mouse can use Windows 8.1 without the need to touch a screen that isn’t there for them to touch.
Other Noted Improvements Continue To Emerge
Some of the other enhancements to the update include a visual disk space option that gives users app sizes and ways to organize their files easier. OneDrive replaces SkyDrive in branding as well. Metro apps will be available in the desktop task bar as previously mentioned in prior columns as well.
One of the other improvements are the default video and audio settings. Windows Photo viewer will open pictures, Windows Media Player will open audio, and photos open in the Windows Photo viewer. These are improvements, since before this, they opened in touch apps that made no sense for users who didn’t own a touchscreen. Of course, those who do own one will have them opened in those touch enabled apps.
This latest rumor roundup of the Windows 8.1 Update 1 is important to me. It shows that users want a desktop experience back, and if they don’t have a touchscreen, then don’t force them to use touch apps. Thank you Microsoft.