If there was worldwide body for this, it would gladly have labeled the first day of BUILD 2014 a certified success. Heck, even if Microsoft announces nothing today, the event is already a triumphant victory.
Redmond both surprised and wowed yesterday, making several big announcements and even bigger unveils — Windows Phone 8.1, Cortana, Windows 8.1 Update, the return of the Start Menu, two new mobile hardware partners, and much more.
And now the company has published a short video on YouTube that provides a look at the features included in Windows 8.1 Update, highlighting the improvements made to the operating system.
As the video highlights, Microsoft wants to keep its flagship platform familiar to everyone, and this new refresh delivers a small (yet useful) collection of refinements aimed at making the UI more familiar and convenient for users, particularly keyboard and mouse desktop users.
Start Screen is now easier to use for mouse users, Metro apps can be pinned to the taskbar for quicker, more accessible launch, and tiles can be managed using the regular context menu.
The update is already available for MSDN and TechNet subscribers, and Microsoft will ship it free to charge to all Windows 8.1 users on April 8, along with other Patch Tuesday updates for the month.