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Windows 8.1 update 1 (also known as KB 2919355) has been made available to download for free through the Windows update feature and the Microsoft’s download section.
If you are planning to install the update by downloading the files through Microsoft’s website make sure that you have the KB 2919442 patch already installed as it is required in order to install the new update.
On other other hand, if you are installing the patch through the Windows update feature there is a high chance that you have already installed the patch by now.
The update is designed to improve the Windows interface as well as the functionality for keyboard and mouse users. For more detailed information visit Exploring Windows 8.1 Update.
Joe Belfiore has mentioned in the Windows blog page that Windows 8.1 Update 1 is currently scheduled to be released this spring.
Over the next few months, we’ll continue to deliver innovation and progression with an update to Windows 8.1, coming this spring.
Not much information has been released yet as to what changes the new update will bring to the users, but based on the things pointed out in the official post it seems that desktop user experience will be one of the main things they want to improve.
- We’ll enable our partners to build lower cost hardware for a great Windows experience at highly competitive price points.
- We are making improvements to the user interface that will naturally bridge touch and desktop, especially for our mouse and keyboard users. We have a number of targeted UI improvements that keep our highly satisfying touch experience intact, but that make the UI more familiar and more convenient for users with mouse/keyboard. Don’t worry, we still LOVE and BELIEVE IN touch… but you’ll like how much more smooth and convenient these changes make mouse and keyboard use!
- We are enhancing support for enterprise customers via a few tweaks, particularly including features that greatly improve IE8 compatibility in Internet Explorer 11, which is especially critical for web-based line of business applications. Additionally, we’re extending mobile device management capabilities and making deployment easier.
As a desktop user I welcome any chances aimed to improve the functionality for keyboard and mouse users and I am eager to see what the update has in store for us.
What kind of features/improvements would you like to see in the new update ?
With the release of Windows 8.1 there have been some concerning issues with the mouse movement. In some cases the mouse would keep start stuttering or even freeze while playing games.
After a few days of investigating the problem Microsoft managed to find a way to fix a few of these issues.
Windows patch KB2908279 fixes the following issues:
- Mouse jitters (jumps forward and back) as you move it through a game.
- Mouse movement is not to scale even after acceleration is turned off.
- Measured mouse Polling Rate has a lower reporting frequency than expected.
Microsoft also suggests to follow the following workarounds if you are suffering from these issues:
As scheduled Windows 8.1 is now available to download for free for all Windows 8 users. The upgrade is available through the store app on Windows 8 or by navigating to windows.com/buy.
Windows 8.1 comes with new features as well as improvements to the old ones. For more information as to what Windows 8.1 has to offer visit What’s New in Windows 8.1.
The release date for the Windows 8 free upgrade (also known as Windows 8.1) was confirmed a few days ago by Microsoft.
Windows 8.1 will become available through the Windows Store on October 18th.
For those that are not aware what Windows 8.1 is all about feel free to read more details about the features Windows 8.1 comes with at What’s New in Windows 8.1