Microsoft has officially confirmed details of the first major overhaul of Windows 8. After months of speculation, we now have concrete details about what's changing in the controversial operating system. Here's a brief round up of the details.
- Lock screens can be personalized with wallpaper, taken from your device or Skydrive.
- Search has been improved to include results from the web, apps, files, SkyDrive, and any suitable actions you can take.
- The Photos app has been updated with editing features, and Music has been completely redesigned. The store has also been shaken up, so you can easily see more information on apps.
- You can now save your files directly to SkyDrive, and the SkyDrive app now gives you access to your files even when you're offline.
- As predicted, PC settings have been expanded so you have less reasons to go to the classic desktop and open Control Panel.
- Windows 8.1 will ship with Internet Explorer 11, which will no doubt build on the excellent IE 10.
- Classic desktop gets a Start button of sorts, which is always visible on the task bar. However, its function is to take you to the Modern User interface.
We'll find out much more from June 26th when Microsoft holds its Build developer conference, where Windows 8.1 will be showcased and a preview build released.