While on the Start screen, which contains tiles that indicate applications or services, users can right click on a tile to reveal options such as increasing or reducing its size, pressing shift click to group together a set of tiles and, for example, reduce their size and place them together on the Start screen.
The Start screen also includes a power button so one click can turn off the machine without first drawing out the charms bar on the right, selecting settings, selecting power and choosing off.
"These small updates can make a great difference in how users perceive the user interface," says Erwin Visser, general manager of Windows commercial marketing.
Windows 8.1 Update is available April 8 via Windows Update or as a download from the Windows Store for current Windows 8 and 8.1 customers.
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