Windows 8.1 is about to get friendlier for those who prefer to use a mouse or touchpad. Soon users will receive a free over-the-air update that will include a new taskbar that shows up in Modern mode and a highly visible power button on the start screen. While the Start Menu isn’t coming back and there’s still plenty of room for improvement, you’ll appreciate the following 5 new features the Windows 8.1 update provides.
Both Windows 8 / 8.1 beginners and experienced users have had a hard time simply shutting their computers off, because the power button has been buried in the Charms menu, which you must unhide to view. Windows 8.1 Update places a persistent power button in the upper right corner of the Start Screen, making it easy for less-experienced users to find and for experts to avoid a couple of extraneous swipes or clicks.