By Christiam Erick Nuñez Piña (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Microsoft is very aware of the fact that mobile devices are the wave of the future and that personal computers are the things of the past. And that is why the company has been gearing the design of Windows towards tablets instead of PCs. When Windows 8 came out first, it looked more like it was designed for a tablet than anything else. The start screen took up the whole screen and featured big tiles and icons all over the screen.
Because of this tablet-like approach, there were many PC users who were not at all pleased with the new Windows. And because of this, Microsoft has decided to make some changes for their Windows 8.1 update that should please the people who are looking for a Windows format that resembles earlier PC versions more.
It’s a free update that gives people some of the old functionalities that many requested and among other things, it allows people to choose their favorite desktop apps and set them up across the screen horizontally on the taskbar at the bottom.
There are some other things that have been changed. Firstly, the tile screen is now better for key controls such as searching and shutting down your computer. Gone is the strange sliding function that many people did not like, which means that searching your computer and turning it off will be similar to the way it used to be on old versions of the OS.
They have also brought back the “x” for closing down apps. In the new version, you had to shrink the apps and drag them to the bottom in order to close them. Now you will simply be able to click on the “x” at the corner of the box to shut down the app, again, just like in earlier Windows versions.
Also, you will no longer get the tile look when opening up music, video or photos. Instead of sending you to another app, you will be able to open this type of media from the desktop. When you close the media, you will be shown the last app you opened, instead of reverting you back to the tiled start screen.
Even if these changes are not that significant, it shows that tablet-design is not necessarily the best for PC users and that Windows users much prefer the older functions, not just because of familiarity and nostalgia, but because it is simply more functional that way when working on a desktop computer.