A Closer Look At Windows 8.1 Update 1


As TechCrunch previously reported, Microsoft today detailed Windows 8.1 Update 1, announcing that starting April 8th, the new code will begin to roll out to the operating system’s users around the world. It will be a gradual deployment via Windows Update, so don’t set an alarm.

I met with Microsoft yesterday to discuss the update, which the company likes to refer to as “laser focused” on users who are still keyboard and mouse kids, and not touch-first users. Microsoft told TechCrunch that user satisfaction with Windows in a touch environment is high, the highest for any version of Windows ever, but that among keyboard and mouse users, there is less enthusiasm.

Anyone who has tried to Windows 8 on a device where touch is not enabled can attest to this. So, Microsoft has prepped a raft of updates that will make its new code sit well atop traditional PCs. Other updates are…

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