Just like the Xbox One, Microsoft has announced today that it will be bringing monthly updates to Windows 8 as well. Keep in mind that update here means major updates such as new features and tweaks. Microsoft presently has an update cycle for Windows 8.1 which is known as update Tuesday. This is a monthly process through which security and non-security updates are delivered for the operating system.
The company now wants to build on Update Tuesday and use the platform to deliver significant improvements to Windows 8.1. These, similar to the ones on the Xbox, will be aimed towards addressing customer and partner issues. According to a blog post by Brandon LeBlanc senior marketing manager at the company, this likely means that there will be no Windows 8.1 'Update 2' as expected before.
Mr. LeBlanc also highlighted some of the features that would be present on the next Tuesday Windows 8.1 update, scheduled for August 12th. These will be:
- Precision touchpad improvements – three new end-user settings have been added: Leave touch pad on when a mouse is connected; allow right-clicks on the touchpad; double-tap and drag.
- Miracast Receive – exposes a set of Wi-Fi direct APIs for Independent Hardware Vendor (IHV) drivers or OEM drivers to develop Windows 32-bit applications that run on all supported x86-based or x64-based versions of Windows 8.1, enabling the computer as a Miracast receiver.
- Minimizing login prompts for SharePoint Online – reduces the number of prompts with federated use in accessing SharePoint Online sites. If you select the “Keep me signed in” check box when you log on for the first time, you will not see prompts for successive access to that SharePoint Online site.
Updates will be delivered using the normal channels. User's who've signed up for updates will receive them normally,m while others can opt to download them. Visit Microsof's blog for more.