There are some that believe that in going full touch on its operating systems, Microsoft might have put the desktop on the backburner. While it may seem like so on first look, the reality is quite different.

The upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1 puts the focus back on the desktop for keyboard/mouse users with the variety of enhancements it is expected to bring.

Even Windows 8.1 offers a lot in this regard — if you know where to look, that is. The latest version of the operating system comes with no less than 600 keyboard shortcuts that are built in, perfect for power users to learn and zoom their way through the operating system.

A brief new research has found that there are 21 new keyboard shortcuts exclusive to Windows 8.1 to go with 45 standard ones and another 54 that can be accessed with the Winkey (the Windows logo key).

Interestingly, the Metro environment is filled with these keyboard shortcuts.

The refreshed Mail app, for instance, comes with at least 61 such combinations, the Calculator app, 76. Even Paint has 31 such hotkeys implemented, WordPad has 44, and the perennial favorite Internet Explorer can be breezed through with 77 such keyboard shortcuts.

Sure, this may be a small thing in the grand scheme of things, but it shows that the company has not forsaken the keyboard users in any way, even if touch has become the new industry buzzword.

All that is required is further optimization of the Modern UI, which hopefully is not far off.

What about you folks? Are you someone that heavily relies on keyboard shortcuts when using a PC? Or is mouse more your thing? No better time than now to declare!

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