Windows 8.1 users will be getting the latest update for the operating system officially in March. Ahead of that official release by Microsoft, Windows 8.1 Update 1 has leaked online. The update brings with it some new changes to the looks of the operating system. The new update has turned up on a few file-sharing sites on the web.
Intel has launched its first offering with a Bay Trail processor, the awkwardly-named Intel NUC Kit DN2820FYKH. With this tiny computer comes a budget-friendly price and Windows 8.1, as well as a variety of connectivity options and ports to meet most users' needs, whether using the PC as a desktop computer or as part of an entertainment system.
A few days ago, a user manual for the Asus VivoTab Note 8 turned up online confirming that the tablet was coming. This week saw the tablet official launch of the VivoTab Note 8 at CES 2014. As we knew from the leaks and rumors about the tablet, it is running Windows 8.1 and has a professional Wacom Digitizer Stylus.
Coming out of CES 2014, Panasonic has introduced their latest model Toughpad. This one is arriving as the FZ-M1, and similar to other models in the lineup, this one is fully-rugged. Basically, another waterproof, dustproof and shockproof tablet. The FZ-M1 sports a 7-inch display and will arrive running Windows 8.1 Pro.
The update from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 hasn’t been smooth for some users. A number of repots have surfaced online from users complaining they are having issues using Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud storage system after upgrading to Windows 8.1. There are reportedly 120 individual threads on the SkyDrive forum about issues after updated to the latest version of Windows.
Microsoft has released Bing Maps Preview for Windows 8.1, its Google Maps-rivaling navigation app with over seventy high-res 3D cities, Skype and OpenTable integration, street-level photography, and Live Tile support. The new app, hitting the Windows Store today, introduces a new 3D graphics engine which Microsoft says delivers more realistic visuals across a wide range of angles.
Project Spark was announced for the Xbox One back in June. The game is described as being one that offers "an endless adventure where everything is customizable." Project Spark will allow users to play what other creators have built and also build for others. Basically, the users are the creators and the players. And there is a bit of good news for those who may have been waiting to get hands-on with Project Spark.
This week the Windows 8.1 (formerly known as "Blue") software update continues to roll out as it has for the past several weeks, making way for the same sort of push for Windows Phone devices this spring. What's just appearing this week for news on the generation after this one is the likes of "Threshold", a system that'll further combine the powers of the Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Xbox One software environments. This update series, as it were, will be delivered in the spring of 2015.
Microsoft's OneNote for Windows 8.1 has seen a considerable update, adding the ability to "scan" a document or image using a tablet's camera, apply optical character recognition to search through text, and make better use of digital ink. The new app, available today, takes on Evernote with its new Camera Scan feature, which automatically crops, rotates, straightens, de-shadows, and sharpens images so that they look more like scans than quick snaps with the Windows device's camera.