Big Update Coming For Windows 8.1 On August 12th

Most of you might have already updated your Windows 8.1 to Windows 8.1 Update which was released back in April. That update contained many new features such as Power button on Start Screen, Modern Apps on taskbar etc. as well as performance, stability and security updates. Microsoft is again ready to provide a big (somewhat) update for Windows 8.1. This time it won’t be called Windows 8.1 Update 2 which was speculated to contain the new start menu. Microsoft has specified that there will be no such Update 2 even in future.

Coming back to this August update, this time not many new features will be released. However some users may see increase in performance and stability. Here’s a list of the new features:

(i) Precision touchpad improvements – three new end-user settings have been added: 1. Leave touch pad on when a mouse is connected; 2. allow right-clicks on the touchpad; 3. double-tap and drag.

(ii) Miracast Receive – exposes a set of Wi-Fi direct APIs for Independent Hardware Vendor (IHV) drivers or OEM drivers to develop Windows 32-bit applications that run on all supported x86-based or x64-based versions of Windows 8.1, enabling the computer as a Miracast receiver.

(iii) Minimizing login prompts for SharePoint Online – reduces the number of prompts with federated use in accessing SharePoint Online sites. If you select the “Keep me signed in” check box when you log on for the first time, you will not see prompts for successive access to that SharePoint Online site.

Ofcourse there won’t be any big change in appearance for average user. But nevertheless, you should update to increase the security of your PC. This update will start rolling out on August 12th via Windows Update as Patch Tuesday.

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