Microsoft Releases the August Update for Windows – No Big Changes

Along with the firmware updates, Microsoft has released the August Update for Windows 8.1 (this was formerly being called Update 2).

This release is the first of a new monthly release cycle designed to make minor enhancements to the OS over time as opposed to big changes all at once. This approach has been used for a while by the Xbox team and allows for sizable improvements to the OS without causing a big learning curve for users as can happen with big updates.

The update will be delivered via the normal Windows Update mechanism but if you have a Surface Pro 1/2/3 and do not want to wait, we have posted the direct download link at the bottom of this post.

If you have a Surface RT or Surface 2, you don’t seem to need this patch.

Here’s a list of what was updated this month:

  • 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.

Download the update for Windows Pro1/2/3: HERE


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