Windows 8.1 has now been released in the Windows Store for users running the retail version of Windows 8. The update to their newest operating system, previously known as Windows Blue, brings many new features and tweaks to make Microsoft’s operating system the one to choose.
The update goes back on the biggest controversial change that Windows 8 brought about: The Start Button. If however, you’re expecting your familiar start menu, think again – as it’s simply just a shortcut straight back to the infamous Metro Screen. However the Metro screen has also had an overhaul; now you can change the Tiles used to launch your applications to much larger icons, or if you’ve got hawk vision, make them extra small.
If you really detest the Metro screen you can turn on “boot to desktop” mode by right clicking the task bar and clicking “properties” from this menu. In the newly opened window click the “Navigation” tab, then check the box which reads “When I sign in or close all Apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start”. Click “Ok” and next time you boot up your computer, you’ll be straight in desktop mode.
With the new update the snapped views for apps have had a re-vamp, you can now change your snapped apps to share your screen 50/50, or drag them about to your liking. This is a nice touch when you have multiple monitors as you can also flick the apps between either of the screens; doing this you can also snap different apps to either screen.
Another change that is coming to Windows 8.1 is the inclusion of Internet Explorer 11. Internet Explorer has been branded as slow, however, Microsoft has aimed to combat this with a number of performance upgrades to the (in)famous browser, however, there are no real visual improvements over Internet Explorer 10.
Commercials for Internet Explorer 11 show it being quick and feature rich on websites, which to an extent are truthful. Microsoft has worked with a small number of large companies to create these special websites specifically designed for the new browser, however, you have to wonder how it would perform without the websites being hosted on a lightning quick Cloud hosting platform.
Of course, as with new software, there are always issues – this time, however, it’s down to website developers to ensure that their web pages are compatible with IE11, or if that’s proving too much work, fall back to a compatibility view such as IE10 or IE9 for the time being. However, it’s recommended that your websites are updated to work with the newest software.
We’ve already steps to ensure that the latest version of SmarterMail is installed on our Windows Cloud Hosting so that all users have access to their emails when on the go – including the web interface for larger mobile devices, such as tablets or “phablets” as well as smaller Smart Phones. The Enkompass control panel has also been updated so that customers using any version of Internet Explorer won’t experience any difficulties.