Windows 8.1 will feature way more desktop personalization

Personalization

Microsoft have released more details about Windows 8.1 in a new blog post.

In Windows 8.1, you’ll be able to do more to personalize the experience on your device. As people started using Windows 8, we found that people were using their Locks screens to show pictures of their families. So in Windows 8.1, you can turn your PC or tablet into a picture frame by making your Lock screen a slide show of your pictures – either locally on the device or photos from the cloud in SkyDrive. We also added the ability to take pictures with the built-in camera right from the Lock screen without having to log in.

You can even choose your desktop background as your Start screen background, creating a greater sense of unity and familiarity. And the Start screen in Windows 8.1 features a variety of tile sizes including a new large and new small tile, so you can organize your Start screen exactly the way you want it. It’s also even easier to name groups and rearrange tiles. You can now select multiple apps all at once, resize them, uninstall them, or rearrange them. We also found people were accidentally moving tiles on their Start screen so in Windows 8.1, you press and hold (or right click) to move things around.

Personalization in Windows 8.1 image 2

Personalization in Windows 8.1 image 2

They also talk about how you can view apps:

You can view all apps just by swiping from the bottom to view all apps, and we’ve added the ability to filter your apps by name, date installed, most used, or by category. You want the Start screen to be about all the things you love. So when you install a new app from the Windows Store, we no longer put that app on your Start screen. Instead, you’ll find these apps under apps view as mentioned above and marked as “new” where you can choose to pin the apps you want to your Start screen.

It looks like BUILD will be an interesting time with lots of new feature revelations.

What do you think of the new Windows 8.1 news?

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  • DCJason

    Sounds wonderful. Keep feeding us the changes. Can’t wait until BUILD so we can download a video with a demo of all these changes

    • Anderson Kurz

      not only video, but the preview (beta) version of W8.1

  • raysonlws

    Nice features, can’t wait for the update :-)

  • Stephen Rimington

    coool awsome

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