While there were some rumors [WinBeta] that Windows 8.1 Update 2 would be distributed through the Windows Store with a potential 3 GB file size, it appears this will not be case. While Windows 8.1 was distributed through the Windows Store, Windows 8.1 Update 1 was distributed through Windows Update. Microsoft appears to prefer distribution through Windows Update since some business/enterprise customers have disabled the Windows Store for their users. Since Update 2 is being distributed through Windows Update it will be free, also as expected. It also appears that the final name will be “Update 2″ and not Windows 8.2. It is rumored that Microsoft will offer a significant discount to those upgrading from Windows 8.1 Update 2 to Windows 9. Those upgrading from any version prior to Update 2 will pay more. Update 2 is expected to contain optimizations to make Windows 8 work better on small tablets, such as ...

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A few weeks back we reported of the RTM version of Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaking via Microsoft.  Microsoft quickly pulled the links down, but as we are now much closer to the official release date, it appears they are back online. Windows 8.1 x86 kb2919355 kb2919442   (you may already have this installed).​ kb2939087 kb2932046 kb2937592 kb2938439 Windows 8.1 x64 kb2919355 kb2919442   (you may already have this installed).​ kb2939087 kb2932046 kb2937592 kb2938439 Windows RT 8.1  ARM kb2919355 kb2919442   (you may already have this installed).​ kb2939087 kb2932046 kb2937592 kb2938439 The Updates must be installed in the following order: KB2919442  (you may already have this installed). KB2919355 KB2932046 KB2937592 KB2938439 KB2939087 These are the exact same update that were available on the servers a few weeks back.  If were lucky enough to already install them, no need to do it again. via Neowin ...

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As per previous reports, Microsoft is set to release Windows 8.1 Update 1 to users sometime in April. Paul Thurrott has today confirmed that Windows 8.1 Spring update will hit MSDN on April 2 and Windows Update on April 8th. The timing seems to be interesting as Microsoft is planning to release them on the last day of Build developer conference. We previously reported that Windows 8.1 Update 1 allows you to pin your Windows Store apps to the taskbar. Apart from that, the pinned Windows Store apps in taskbar also supports thumbnail previews. Also pinning supported modern apps to task bar allows you to enjoy Jump lists and media controls features as well. For example, you can now access recently accessed documents in modern Adobe Reader app or recently saved URLs from Reading lists app with a right click on taskbar. See the screenshot above. Another cool feature is the ...

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After taking over his new job of overseeing both Windows and Windows Phone user experience, Joe Belfiore today met the press at MWC during Microsoft’s press event. He said that Microsoft is committed to making Windows the best place for our partners to build great devices. Windows now supports different screen sizes, input methods, connectivity needs, and usage scenarios, but Microsoft wants it to run beautifully on hardware made by partners around the world. With Windows 8, there’s no doubt that we made a big bet and took a first step toward that future. We bet on touch and on mobility in a big way, and included a fresh take on what a touch-based interface could be for customers. We believe deeply in this direction and the future will continue to build on Windows 8. We shipped Windows 8.1 in under a year in response to customer and partner feedback, and we’ll ...

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New features in Windows 8.1 Update 1 is getting revealed every other day. We previously reported that Windows 8.1 Update 1 allows you to pin your Windows Store apps to the taskbar. Apart from that, the pinned Windows Store apps in taskbar also supports thumbnail previews. Today, McAkins revealed that pinning supported modern apps to task bar allows you to enjoy Jump lists and media controls features as well. For example, you can now access recently accessed documents in modern Adobe Reader app or recently saved URLs from Reading lists app with a right click on taskbar. See the screenshot above. Another cool feature is the support for media control in the taskbar for Windows Store apps that has media playing capabilities. Check out the screenshot below. You can play, pause, rewind, forward, etc,. Source: McAkins ...

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Lots of information regarding Windows 8.1 Update 1 started leaking on the web in the last few weeks. Wzor today posted new screenshots of Windows 8.1 Update 1 build 6.3.9600.16608.WINBLUES14_GDR_LEAN.140130- 2030. The new build still boots to desktop directly instead of Start screen in the case of PCs with no touch screens. I think Microsoft is trying to please mouse and keyboard desktop users with this move. Also, this build includes the Internet Explorer Enterprise mode which will allow organizations to run IE in older versions mode to have better compatibility with internal apps. Also, Neowin reported that the new title bar on the metro apps which includes close, minimize, maximize buttons might be transparent instead of black as in the previously leaked builds. Source: Wzor ...

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We have seen several new features that will be coming to Windows 8.1 as part of the upcoming update. Winsupersite today unearthed this new feature called Disk Space in Windows 8.1 Update 1. This Disk Space manager can be accessed from PC Settings screen. Disk Space allows you to manage your storage in your device. You can see the total free space available, how much each apps/games occupy in your disk, get overview of the storage, and the ability to empty recycle bin. To see how much each apps/games occupy on your disk, you need to click “see my app size” under Disk Space. It will show you a detailed screen as below. What do you think of this new feature? Source: Winsupersite ...

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This Windows 8.1 Update 1 build is now available for download from various illegal sites and the leaked build with build string of 9600.16596.WINBLUES14_GDR_LEAN.140114-0237 revealed many new features that we reported in the past week. Winbeta did a quick video walk through showing main changes in Windows 8.1 Update 1. Check it out above. New features in Windows 8.1 Update 1: Metro apps have a title bar, with close/minimize buttons and the ability to “Split left/right” when you right-click it. You can keep taskbar visible while using modern apps Control Panel item in metro PC Settings 200% and 250% DPI scaling modes added to control panel (in 8.1 RTM, to get these values you have to go “custom”), 250% is the default on screens with more than 1800 vertical lines Shutdown button on the start screen*, doesn’t show on less than 8″ tablets to prevent accidental shutdown Search button on ...

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More screenshots of Windows 8.1 got leaked today and as previously rumored, there seems to be an option to enable minimize and close button for Metro apps. As you can see in the image below, there is a black bar on top of PC Settings page which has Close, Minimize and other Windows options buttons. Another bad news for Metro UI lovers is that Microsoft is now booting straight to desktop instead of Start screen in an effort to please keyboard and mouse users. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft added an option to select boot to desktop as an option, but with the upcoming update, Microsoft is planning to make it by default. What do you think of these changes? Source: WZOR ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Visual Studio 2013 Update 1 for download. S. Somasegar, corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft made the following announcement on his blog regarding this release. This morning we made available the final version of Update 1 for Visual Studio 2013.  This is a targeted update, addressing some key areas of customer feedback since the Visual Studio 2013 release.  For example, we heard your feedback about running Visual Studio in environments without IE10+, and have made several improvements to this experience in Update 1.  Full details of the changes are available here.  Download the update now or wait to get it through Visual Studio update notification in the coming weeks. Microsoft also promised to deliver regular updates for VS 2013 with Update 2 is now on the way. Update 2 is their first major feature update which will be made available this spring. ...

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