What's new in Windows 8.1 Update

Changes to default settings, dubious new features -- if you expect something amazing to turn you on to Windows 8, you haven’t been following along
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What's new in the Windows 8.1 Update

Windows 8.1 Update (variously called Windows 8.1 Update 1, Spring Update, GDR 1, Win 8.1.1, Win 8.2, and/or Windows 8.1 2014 Update) adds a few interesting nips and tucks to the oft-maligned Windows 8.1 fail whale.

To its credit, most of the changes make Windows 8.1 behave better for mouse-and-keyboard Windows users. Since at least 95 percent of all Windows customers currently use a mouse and keyboard, that's a welcome sop.

Will the Update make Windows 8.1-shy customers run screaming for the nearest tablet? Hardly. Will the Update make life easier for those who are stuck with Windows 8.1? Yeah. A little bit.

Here's what to expect.

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