Windows 8.1 August Update is here, and although it does not bring along any big new feature, or improvements for end users, it still comes with a bunch of new enhancements.

Previous reports hinted that this new refresh only come with only three improvements.

But luckily, Microsoft posted a detailed description of the KB2975719 patch, which provides us with the complete insight into everything that is new in this August Update — which itself can be installed on Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

Here are the full release notes:

Settings changes for Update and Recovery – This feature introduces new information in the Windows Update Settings, and gives you more information on how up to date your systems are by displaying the most recent check for updates and the last date updates were installed.

Precision touchpad improvements – This feature adds the following three end-user settings to control the behavior of precision touchpad devices (under the Mouse and touchpad menu in PC Settings):

  • Leave touchpad on when a mouse is connected
  • Allow right-clicks on the touchpad
  • Double-tap and drag

Ruble symbol update – This feature adds new Ruble currency support for input and rendering.

Out-of-date ActiveX control blocking

Wi-Fi Direct APIs for Discoverability – new set of APIs for Independent Hardware Vendors (IHV) or computer OEMs to develop Windows-based applications on all supported x86-based and x64-based versions of Windows 8.1. This enables IHVs and OEMs to build a Miracast receiver on Windows.

Video capture metadata for MP4 – adds capability for developers to read and write the “Date taken” and GPS data on MP4 files by using Windows Runtime and Win32 APIs.

Minimizing Logon Prompts for Microsoft 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 attempts to that SharePoint Online site.

You can download Windows 8.1 August Update here.

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  1. Nice summary of everything. I knew a couple of the new features, but I’m glad this has everything in one place! Thank you! 🙂

  2. Thanks for the overview. I am going to download it now. Overall, it seems like a successful update.

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