Windows 8.1 August Update (aka Update 2) Coming on August 12
When Microsoft released Update 1 for Windows 8.1 operating system, people started talking about the next update i.e. Update 2. There were rumors that Microsoft will also release Update 2 for Windows 8.1 which will add many new features to the OS similar to Update 1. It was also said that Microsoft may also put the much awaited Start Menu into Update 2 for Windows 8.1.
But in an official blog post, Microsoft announced that there will be no Update 2 for Windows 8.1. They'll release smaller updates for Windows 8.1 as a part of their Patch Tuesday program. These updates will include security as well as performance improvements. Some of these updates may also include additional features to improve OS functionality.
One thing is clear from Microsoft announcement! The company is not in mood to release any big Windows 8.1 update in future. According to Microsoft, rather than waiting for months and delivering a large update for Windows, its better to release smaller updates frequently i.e. every month.
So the so called Update 2 for Windows 8.1 has been labeled as "August Update" for Windows 8.1. It'll be released on August 12th, 2014 via Windows Update (WU), Microsoft Update (MU) and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).
Following are some important features and improvements which will be included in August Update for Windows 8.1:
Precision touch pad improvements:
August update will add 3 new options in user settings to improve touch pad precision:
- Leave touch pad on when mouse is connected
- Allow right-click on the touch pad
- Double-tap and drag
August update will provide a set of Wi-Fi direct APIs for Hardware Vendors and OEM companies to develop Windows 32-bit applications that can run on all supported 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) versions of Windows 8.1 and can enable the Windows 8.1 computer as a Miracast receiver.
Minimizing login prompts for SharePoint Online:
August update will reduce the number of login prompts while accessing SharePoint Online sites. If the user enables the "Keep me signed in" check box while logging on for the first time, he'll not see prompts for successive access to that SharePoint Online site.
So get ready to download and install Windows 8.1 August Update (aka Update 2) on August 12...
UPDATE: August update for Windows 8.1 is available for download:
Posted in: Windows 8 / 8.1
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