In Pictures: 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

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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