Yesterday, Microsoft confirmed the public release date of Windows “Blue” now named Windows 8.1. The public release will be on June 26th and is confirmed to be a free update to all Windows 8 users. Much of the rumors surrounding the update point to the return of the Start Button and Boot direct to desktop.
The start button will not have the full menu that we are all accustomed to in the previous versions of Windows. However, it looks like this will be a landmark for quick navigation to the “Metro” interface. For those of you that are used to the desktop interface the ability to boot right to it and bypass the Metro interface should prove to be a time saving and useful addition.
Some other changes we could see is the introduction of Internet Explorer 11, new tile sizes and the ability to have 2 “metro” apps side-by-side in equal proportions as opposed to the current setup with one app occupying two thirds and the other only allowed the remaining third of screen real-estate.
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