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Site Update

4 April 2014


There are interesting changes afoot for Windows based on recent announcements, such as those at this week's Microsoft Build Developer Conference. Little by little, there are positive signs that Microsoft is at least trying to rectify its complete loss of direction, a loss of direction that drove me to write an angry Windows 8.1 opinion piece last year. Brad Wardell, CEO of Stardock, makers of key Windows 8 utilities Start8 and ModernMix, has published a short Opinion Piece over at Neowin that summarizes the recent missteps, and now the potential return to a cohesive vision, for Microsoft. It's still early days, and we have yet to see whether all of this talk actually translates into appropriate actions. But I finally have some hope that Windows will see a return of user choice, and some respect for traditional desktop users. All I ask now is that game developers have a similar epiphany, and stop churning out the same old rubbish with a shiny new coat of paint each year.



Opera 20.0

3 April 2014


The Opera browser has been updated to Version 20.0.1387.91. This version contains bug fixes.



Start Menu to Return

3 April 2014


Microsoft has confirmed at the Build 2014 conference that the Start Menu will return to Windows. At the moment it is unclear whether it will be added in another update for Windows 8.1, or as part of Windows 9.



Windows 8.1 Update 1

3 April 2014


Microsoft has announced at the Build 2014 conference that Windows 8.1 Update 1 will be released on 8 April via Windows Update. Paul Thurrott has a good rundown of the features in this update here. I will be updating the TweakGuides Tweaking Companion for Windows 8 to include these changes shortly.



Start8 1.40

3 April 2014


Stardock has released Version 1.40 of the Start8 Start Menu replacement utility for Windows 8. This version provides support for Windows 8.1 Update 1, along with bug fixes.



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