New Windows 8.1 build reveals built-in tutorial and tips
Approaching the final version, the latest build offers a much-needed tutorial and more Start screen backgrounds.
Microsoft continues to tweak Windows 8.1 just in time for its official roll out to manufacturers by the end of August.
Recently leaked online, build 9471 is likely to be the last one
before device makers receive the final RTM (Release to Manufacturing)
build in the next few weeks. As such, it seems designed to ease some of
the learning curves of its predecessor.
Taking a tour of the new release, the folks at The Verge discovered a new tutorial that was hinted at in the recent
Preview. The Help + Tips app offers video clips to teach users how to
maneuver around the various screens, launch files, and access Windows
settings. Helpful tips also pop up within the built-in apps to show
users how to swipe the screen and tap into the Charms bar.
New backgrounds are available for the Start screen — one featuring a
fire dragon and the other a moving robot. The items travel as you swipe
or scroll across the screen to help you better keep track of your
Borrowing a page from Windows Phone, the latest build has a series of
three dots in key apps, such as Mail, People, and Calendar. Those dots
serve as a visual tip-off that more settings are available if you click
on the dots. Some of the apps also have been spruced up, according to
The Verge. Mail now allows users to open new multitasking windows and
move items via drag and drop.
Finally, Skype comes preinstalled as part of Microsoft’s effort to phase out Live Messenger and the Windows 8 Messaging app.
Windows 8.1 will be a free upgrade to Windows 8. Microsoft hasn’t yet
revealed when consumers will be able to download the new version.