Microsoft today announced that they are are not planning to deliver a Windows 8.1 “Update 2.” Instead of waiting for months and bundling together a bunch of improvements into a larger update as we did for the Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft is planning to use the existing monthly update process to deliver more frequent improvements along with the security updates normally provided as part of “Update Tuesday.” Some of the updates will include improvements that is more visible or even new features, while others might be more “behind-the-scenes” that improve things like the performance, security and reliability of your device. Microsoft also announced that the upcoming August 12th Update Tuesday will include following new features and improvements: Precision touchpad improvements – three new end-user settings have been added: Leave touch pad on when a mouse is connected; allow right-clicks on the touchpad; double-tap and drag. Miracast Receive – exposes a set of Wi-Fi ...

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We hours back we reported some information on the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 2. This update is expected to include minor improvements and bug fixes. It will be released as part of August patch Tuesday updates. Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet today reported few more things about this update. Microsoft initially planned to release Windows 8.1 Update 2 as a major update with the new Start Menu, but dropped the plans few months back. This new Start Menu will come as part of Windows Threshold which is expected to be released in Spring 2015. Microsoft is unlikely to deliver a third update to Windows 8.1 later this fall Based on the report, Microsoft Windows team is now more focused on delivering Windows 9 instead of delivering another update this year. What is your expectation from Windows team? Source: ZDNet ...

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Microsoft released Windows 8.1 Update few months back. Windows 8.1 Update included lots of improvements for keyboard and mouse users. It also enabled new low-end hardware to be built by OEMs on top of Windows. With the recent reports, we already know that Microsoft is working on the second update for Windows 8.1. So far, we referred it as ‘Windows 8.1 Update 2′. Today, Windows IT Pro reported few information on this update based on their sources. Here is the summary of them, Windows 8.1 Update 2 will be just called August update. It will not be released separately, instead it will be released as part of the August Patch Tuesday update. It will be a standalone patch. So, you need to have Update 1 installed to install this August update. It will not be a mandatory update like Update 1. Users will continue to receive other updates even when they ...

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Windows 8.1 Update 2 builds got leaked on the web few weeks back. Those builds revealed that Windows 8.1 Update 2 does not include any new features for the consumers, instead it includes platform improvements that will improve the under the hood experience. As per the recent document leak, Microsoft is planning to release Windows 8.1 Update 2 in August on Patch Tuesday (8/12). Apart from Windows 8.1 Update 2, Microsoft is already testing Windows 9/Threshold builds which is expected to include major changes to the Modern UI framework, and some amazing new features for the enterprise. Source: @Angelwzr   ...

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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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Infamous Microsoft leaker WZor has come out hiding and dropped some interesting information regarding to Windows 8.1 Update 2. Here is a roughly translated Russian quote from WZor: At this time I cannot give an exact date of signing of the RTM. Although next week (23 – 27 June) a very significant event is planned inside Microsoft.I’m not sure what will happen, but most likely the first RTM-Escrow build will be signed off. The timing makes sense as Microsoft typically gives OEMs one to two months to prepare their new hardware following RTM. This means we will likely see general availability of Windows 8.1 Update 2 by August. In the meantime Microsoft will work on QFEs (quick engineering fixes) to solve specific problems. What remains unknown is what exactly is inside Update 2. The start menu has been pushed back to Windows 9 (‘Threshold”). The rumors is that it is likely to ...

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