Microsoft reveals first Windows 8.1 screenshots, talks more about the update

Zac Bowden

In an official blog post by Microsoft, the company have begun talking more openly about the upcoming Windows 8.1 update which is set to see a public preview in late June. Microsoft have released some official screenshots, along with information about the update.

The blog post talks about some of the new things Microsoft have been working on with Windows 8.1, including an improved Search charm, better cloud connectivity, more personalization options and more.

The blog post talks about many features that we’ve previously seen in leaked builds, however the blog post continues to talk about some new mouse and keyboard improvements we are yet to see.

“We’ve improved the way you navigate to Start with the mouse by changing the Start “tip” to be the familiar Windows logo. The new tip appears anytime you move the mouse to the bottom left corner of the screen, and is always visible on the taskbar when on the desktop. There are also options to change what the corners do, and options to boot into alternate screens. For example, if you prefer to see the Apps view versus all the tiles, you can choose to have the Start screen go directly to Apps view” the blog post stated.

The company is expected to talk more about the Windows 8.1 update at it’s BUILD 2013 developer conference in late June. Along with the event, Microsoft will release a public preview, available to all Windows 8 users for free. Windows 8.1 is expected to RTM sometime in the summer for an August-September launch later this year.