I have installed the Windows 8.1 Update 1 that was mistakenly posted to some people via Windows update late last week. I think the point of this update was to further tweak and make Windows 8.1 accessible to people that do not have a touch screen device and who are still using a traditional keyboard and mouse to operate their computer. However, my findings on the matter are a bit different.
There are a few things that by default are set nicely now such as logging in directly to the Desktop rather than to the start screen. This is a nice touch and very helpful for those who are not running the tablet version of the OS (Operating System) who just want to jump into what they have going on with the task bar shortcuts or icons on their desktop. There are a few other minor tweaks that I did not even notice that others had, I will leave those without saying for now.
As for overall major changes. To be completely honest I do not notice much change at all. They have added a title bar on Metro apps so you can more easily close them. This only applies if you actually use these apps which I rarly do. They have also changed the design of a few context menus and added a shutdown button to the upper right corner of the start screen. Not sure why this is needed being that this button is always available from the charm bar no matter where you are in the OS.
Overall I think that this Update is droll and un needed. Not much going on here and it did not really solve any real issues with the OS
That being said I have said from the beginning that Windows 8 and 8.1 are completely usable on a Desktop or non touch screen laptop without any issues at all. It takes a few days to get used to and then its just back to business as usual.