The start button returns to Windows 8

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Windows 8.1 is set to land on the 26th of June albeit in a “Preview” version and Antoine Leblond (Microsoft’s corporate VP for Windows Program Management) has detailed the changes we’re set to see from the OS update in a blog post on the Windows Blog. Windows 8 will be going under a rather major overhaul in the update including the return of the ‘Start Button’ (sort of) and below is the quick guide to the features that we’re announced today.

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  • Personalisation
    • Make your Lock screen a slide show of your pictures either from SkyDrive or local
    • Take pictures with the built-in camera right from the Lock screen without having to log in
    • More colours and backgrounds for the Start screen, including the ability to set your picture to the same one as your desktop
    • New tile sizes
    • the ability to select groups of tiles and change size or uninstall them
    • Filter apps in the all app list


  • Search
    • Search will now include results from the web, local storage and apps that could answer your query



  • Apps
    • Default photo app gets editing features
    • Redesigned music app
    • More ways to view multiple apps
    • You can resize apps to any size you want
    • Have up to three apps on each screen if you have a multiple displays connected
    • Different Windows Store apps running on all the displays at the same time
    • You can have multiple windows of the same app snapped together


  • PC Settings
    • Access all your settings on your device without having to go to the Control Panel on the desktop
    • You can do things like change your display resolution, set power options, see the make and model of  your PC, change the product key, do Windows Update, and join a domain – all from PC Settings.
    • You can manage SkyDrive from PC Settings as well and see how much available storage you have


  • Internet Explorer 11
    • IE11 will offer even better touch performance and faster page load times
    • You can adjust the appearance of modern IE11 to always show the address bar and you can have as many open tabs as you like
    • Access your open tabs in sync across your other Windows 8.1 devices


  • Start Button
    • The ‘Start Button’ returns to the bottom left of the screen and can be set to bring up either the live tile home screen or the all apps list
David Greenway

David Greenway

David is a technology enthusiast with an insatiable thirst for information. He tends to get excited over new hardware and will often be the one in the room going "Its got 17 cores, 64GB of RAM and a 5" 4K flexible OLED display, oh it makes phone calls too?" Currently uses: Too many phones. Wants: World peace... and more phones.