An escrow build of Windows 8.1 Update 1 has been leaked, which includes some more new features for non-touch systems.
Over the weekend, a new build (9600.16610.140201.0007) of Update 1 for Windows 8.1 leaked on P2P networks. This build brings some more changes to the desktop interface that Microsoft plans to incorporate in the final release.
After installing the update on a non-touch system, Windows 8.1 boots to the desktop automatically. A neat feature, which will be appraised by those users who prefer to use the mouse and keyboard as their input devices.
The ability boot-to-desktop has been confirmed as speculated in recent days. During installation, Windows 8.1 Update 1 detects the hardware capabilities and activates the right interface. Thus, non-touch systems boot-to-desktop, while touch systems boot-to-Start by design. Even thought, the shutdown button on Start screen will be shown only on non-touch systems.
Microsoft has also improved the interaction within Modern interface with mouse and keyboard. All apps now show title bar at startup – for a few seconds – with minimize and close buttons, and snap view options. To activate it later, you just need to move your mouse to the top of the window. By moving the mouse to the bottom, you will see the Taskbar, where you can pin the same Modern app, in addition, a right click on the tile will show the Jump List.
Additionally, SkyDrive app has been rebranded as OneDrive; and PC Settings incorporates a new section called ‘Disk Space’ inside PC and devices, which shows free space on the PC and monitors the space occupied by apps, media and other files (images, videos, music, documents and downloads). At the bottom, there’s also a button to empty Recycle Bin, allowing you to trash some junk files without switching to the desktop environment.
In meantime, Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet reported that Windows 8.1 Update 1 would be released on April 8, 2014 just after the annual BUILD developer conference instead of March 11 as previously assumed. Although, the package will be distributed through Windows Update as a part of classic Patch Tuesday, with other security updates.