Windows 8.1 to get a few new features in August 12 update

As previously rumored, Microsoft will release an update for Windows 8.1 August 12 that will add a few minor features to the PC operating system, but the update won't be given a formal title like "Update 2".

Microsoft offered a list of three of the features that will be included in the update, which will be released during the company's monthly "Patch Tuesday" event:

  • 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.

Microsoft will also release a minor update for Windows Server 2012 on the same day that will include some bug fixes, security updates and performance improvements. Microsoft is not expected to add any more features to Windows 8.1, and will likely just release security and bug fixes for updates released after August 12.

What do you think about Microsoft's change log for this small Windows 8.1 update?

Source: Microsoft, Microsoft

John Callaham