Shut down and restart is now easier in Windows 8.1 Update 1 PCs

Shut down and restart options Windows 8.1 Update 1

Yes, another leak from WZor, this time the screenshots show that Microsoft is changing the way we shutdown and restart Windows 8.1 and now it’s actually a lot easier. The new Windows 8.1 Update 1 shots highlight a new power button located in the Start screen, positioned next to the user’s account name and next to a new search button.

The same leaked screenshots show that Microsoft is also adding a context menu when right-clicking a Live Tile and from any app in the All Apps screen, which allows users to easily access to common options such as resize, pin, and uninstall individual modern apps among other options. This basically mean, you won’t have to select a Live Tile or app and move the mouse to the app bar to access the same options at the bottom of the screen.

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All Apps Windows 8.1 Update 1 context menu

These are minor changes in the operating system that Microsoft is preparing for Windows 8.1 Update 1, however they address the disapproval from many users with Windows 8 that cause the need to retrain end-users on how to shut down or restart the operating system from the Charms bar and from the Setting’s menu using Windows 8 Key +i keyboard shortcut. In Windows 8.1, the software giant incorporated the shutdown and restart options in the Power User menu ( Windows 8 Key +X), but I guess these options were still hidden away from the average user. The new context menu, in the other hand, further hints Microsoft’s plans to integrate its Metro user-interface with the desktop.

Windows 8.1 Update 1 desktop screenshot (WZor)

As I now understand, Windows 8.1 Update 1 will focus changing the operating system to be easier to use with the keyboard and mouse, and not on merging the application programming interface (API) with the ones in Windows Phone 8.1. Also “Update 1” will reportedly reduce memory and disk space requirements to make Windows better suited for small and cheaper tablets. There are other changes in the pipeline like the return of the Start menu, but they are bigger changes and they will probably be included for the next major update, Windows 9 “Threshold”, which is expected to release in April 2015.

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