A new update this year coming for Windows 8.1 was announced this week by Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore. He made clear at Mobile World Congress 2014 that this update would bring improvements to non-touch experiences as a first major point. Another of three major points was that Microsoft would be working on delivering more hardware options. The third point made here for the next update for Windows 8.1 was improved compatibility for education and enterprise.
Nokia HERE Maps for Windows 8.1 will soon be available for all Windows 8.1 devices, the Finnish firm has confirmed, having previously been an exclusive for Nokia's own Lumia 2520 tablet. The app - which will be supported across desktop, notebook, and tablet form-factors - will be a free download, and support 3D mapping, turn-by-turn navigation, and downloads of maps for offline use.
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.