Windows 8.1 build 9369 recently leaked onto the web, and includes a few new things worth talking about. While not much has changed at first sight, a few little things are making Windows 8.1 seem like a worthy upgrade. Let’s dive in!
Starting off, those using a mouse can now access the Apps List, there is a button (which is rather annoyingly places) at the bottom of the screen. Clicking it will open the Apps List, clicking it again will close it. This further confirms better mouse support in Windows 8.1. It can only be a good thing!
Next up, the SkyDrive app, or as it’s now called, the Files app. It allows browsing through the file system and your SkyDrive cloud. This app is practically two apps in one, being both a file system explorer and SkyDrive app. However the app is still rather basic, and is no replacement for the File Explorer on the desktop.
You can now sync more settings from the PC setting app. Syncing now includes Start Screen layout, Browser settings, mouse settings, file explorer settings, the lot! These features we’re spotted in 9364 via regedit, so this isn’t really new, however the options in PC Settings are.
Other changes we have noticed so far is the new option to connect to a wireless display, new touchpad options in PC Settings, more Ease of Access settings, and a ‘Save Files to SkyDrive by default’ setting. We also observed the Charms bar to be slightly more transparent and a new animation when opening apps.
We recommend checking out our video walkthough of this build here. The video will showcase what’s new!Further reading: Microsoft, Windows 8, Windows Blue