Microsoft announces Windows 8.1 'August Update', won't be called Update 2

Microsoft has announced that they will be delivering a new update in August, called the 'August Update' and rather than bundling a bunch of updates together like they did with the Update 1, they will now switch to a monthly roll-out of improvements. 

Microsoft has said that in August, the following updates will be included for Windows 8.1 users:

  • 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.

Further, the post explicitly states that there will not be an 'Update 2', which kills quite a few rumors. As with other updates, this one will be delivered via Windows Update. 

Source: Microsoft

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If they keep to monthly OS updates regardless of whether or not things are added apart from security fixes, im happy.

Basically, "feature updates" instead of just patches on a monthly basis. Seems quite logical to release them each month like patches on patch Tuesday. Would love to see this happen on Windows Phone as well.

The one thing I hope they add soon is having Modern apps remember what display and what state they were left in like regular software... Silly omission.

Max Norris said,
The one thing I hope they add soon is having Modern apps remember what display and what state they were left in like regular software... Silly omission.

This "feature" is up to the developers. It is a silly omission on their part not to implement a "remembering" mechanism through the app lifecycle management...

But I agree on that, devs are lazy (I'm one :-))

•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.

Well guessing this will obviously then have the option to turn it ON? With some laptops it turns off when a USB mouse is plugged in but some don't so if this is built into the OS directly (instead of drivers) then that will be great :) :woot:

Windows 8.1 Update 1 OSR 2 ;)

I remember for how long Microsoft clinged on to Windows 95, especially for all those USB updates. :D

Miracast Receiver. FINALLY!

I remain puzzled by the evident lack of planning for this feature. It should have been there day one on Windows 8.
Microsoft still continues to deliver its platform with untied knots like this, preventing the ecosystem from being fully usable across the devices.

Agreed. And worse, they sometimes do something right, and then UNDO IT. Examples:

1) You used to be able to remote desktop into your PC from anywhere on the web (using Windows Live Mesh). Can't do that any more.

2) You used to be able to "fetch my files" from any device you had connected to your Microsoft Account. Can't do that any more.

3) You used to be able to have one stop for all your photos (from all your various sources, local and online).

4) You used to be able to browse all your libraries on any connected device over the internet using SkyDrive. Not any more. Now you either have to upload them to skydrive, or carry them with you.

The use of the Microsoft ID to tie all your devices together used to really add a lot of value. But they've taken most of that away now. Sigh. They really need to put ALL of those capabilities back in one way or another.

I'm tired of them going backwards as well as leaving gaps as you indicated.

richardsim7 said,
What about August 2015?
They aren't naming the update, these are just the updates for August, not "August Update".

rcm said,
They'll have gone through another 11 different update names by then. ;)

You never know, they might be back at Service Packs by then... :laugh:

I am hoping to see some consistency in the update naming scheme but will we see any UI changes from this update, as stated or speculated before ? I hope to see some changes, anything really.

Wait a minut, this might mean that Windows Phone 8.1 Update is also the only update for Windows Phone 8.1 and they will move there too to a monthly release. :)

Anyway, they aren't calling it "August Update" either, the title only says "August updates", they have named update like that since forever. It's not even a name, it just indicates that this are the updates for August.

Studio384 said,
Wait a minut, this might mean that Windows Phone 8.1 Update is also the only update for Windows Phone 8.1 and they will move there too to a monthly release. :)

That would be cool, but I can't see the Carriers allowing that or releasing them in a timely fashion. Quarterly might be more feasible.

Let be realistic, okay? If those blatant a##hole carriers are able to spit out (=release) something every 6 months, they have overachieved what I would think they are capable of in terms of brain function. Quarterly releases with carrier sitting in the middle of this asylum? Now, thats never gonna happen. Never.

soder said,
Let be realistic, okay? If those blatant a##hole carriers are able to spit out (=release) something every 6 months, they have overachieved what I would think they are capable of in terms of brain function. Quarterly releases with carrier sitting in the middle of this asylum? Now, thats never gonna happen. Never.
Microsoft can also make an end to cariers influence on the update process, like we had with Windows Phone 7.

There is a VERY high chance (I would rather say its sure, but unfortunately I didnt manage to grab a copy of such contract, nor do I know any leaker who would upload it to the public internet), that details of contracts between MS and each OEM+carrier enforces that the carrier must be in the middle.

There is an appendix (that is somewhat public now), that MS is allowed to circumvent carriers if they need to super-quickly release a high-risk security-related patch. But that is nothing more than a symbolic thing. Similar to nukes: just because lot of countries have it, doesnt mean they will actually use in anytime in the future. If your glance screen flips upside-down due to an MS mistake, thats not security issue and MS will not fix it until the next 6month patch.

So either those "update 2" rumors were just that, wrong, or plans changed. Here's hoping we instead get a "threshold" preview to mess with in November. I say November because that seems like the month MS likes to release a number of things.

I agree, I wish they would focus more on Threshold rather than focusing on windows 8, after all, I can bet on that, that 90% of windows 8 users will update to threshold in few months after released.

If those 3 changes are it, my this is a boring update for desktop users without touch.

That said, I'll still use it because these things often bundle unreleased hotfixes not present beforehand on WU.

Hopefully it fixes the black text bug when you set the titlebars to black at least.

jhoff80 said,
Here's hoping that Miracast Receive is in preparation for porting that feature to the Xbox One as well.

I hope that happens as well as a MS official miracast dongle... Its actually not a bad system and should be more popular than it is...

Scabrat said,

I hope that happens as well as a MS official miracast dongle

There was actually an FCC document for one of these, but nothing ever came of it.

jhoff80 said,

There was actually an FCC document for one of these, but nothing ever came of it.

I remember that... I hope it does =).

Microsoft needs to step up in the Trackpad department, and standardize the use. The "Windows Ecosystem" trackpad support is a JOKE.

Example: On my laptop, I can configure tap-to-click on or off, and enable some 3 and 4 finger gestures. But I cannot reverse two-finger scrolling direction, or any other setting. But on my previous laptop, I had a ton of OTHER configuration options including what parts of the trackpad were sensitive to what kind of gestures. And on my Surface Pro 3, two finger scrolling on the start screen works as expected (two fingers side-to-side to scroll side-to-side, up and down to move to All Apps screen and back)... but it's the opposite on my laptop.

Worse, the Surface Pro 3 drivers don't have any ability to configure any of the gestures. Tap to click works, but you can't turn it off if you don't want. TWO finger CLICK works for right-menu, but no way to allow two-finger TAP. No three or four finger gestures at all. And the configuration is bundled into the MOUSE configuration... there's no separate TRACKPAD configuration like there intuitively should be.

Come on, Microsoft... this is a mess. Every manufacturer uses different gestures, supports different configuration options, and there's just zero consistency (and in many cases, the quality is horrid... two finger scrolling on most Windows machines is abysmal in terms of "fast and fluid")

I've looked at that, and its' rather pitiful.

And it's also non-standard.

My post is really about Microsoft just getting their crap together regarding Trackpads, and providing an OS-level standard for behavior and quality and gestures and configuration options. Trackpads shouldn't work differently on every laptop or device, and configuration options shouldn't be buried under "mouse" settings, and the basics of behavior and gestures and configuration options should be similar across all devices (and more robust than the limited basics provided on even their own Surface hardware).

It's just a mess, and needs to be cleaned up.

pmbAustin said,
I've looked at that, and its' rather pitiful.

And it's also non-standard.

My post is really about Microsoft just getting their crap together regarding Trackpads, and providing an OS-level standard for behavior and quality and gestures and configuration options. Trackpads shouldn't work differently on every laptop or device, and configuration options shouldn't be buried under "mouse" settings, and the basics of behavior and gestures and configuration options should be similar across all devices (and more robust than the limited basics provided on even their own Surface hardware).

It's just a mess, and needs to be cleaned up.

I agree. Lenovo's software for my trackpad is terrible. There is literally no way to prevent touchpad input from being ignored when typing. I ended up uninstalling Lenovo's software so that the Windows setting under touchpad would actually be used. And it seems like that's the only setting built in unfortunately. I wish I could even just enable two finger scrolling with Windows.

So which is it, you want it standardized but complain the Pro3 isn't configurable enough?

MS does need to push saner defaults, I'll agree with that. (No edge swipe) - The Pro3 does a good job in that department as I think its defaults are exactly what should be standard. I assume they will flesh out the Modern option panel over time for a common set of options.

Wanting it standardized and noting that the Surface Pro 3 isn't configurable enough aren't mutually exclusive options. I said and I mean both.

1) You should have a separate Touch-pad Control Panel applet, separate from the mouse one. So it's obvious and easy to find.

2) You should be able to turn 2-finger scrolling on and off

3) You should be able to control the direction of 2-finger scrolling (stroking down scrolls up, or stroking down scrolls down).

4) You should be able to turn "tap to click" on or off.

5) You should be able to set "right click" to off, "two finger tap", or "hold one finger and tap a second".

6) You should be able to turn double-tap-and-hold/drag to drag things around on and off.

7) You should be able to turn "continuous scroll when your fingers hit the edge of the trackpad" on and off

8) Two finger scrolling on the Start Screen should move with the screen (i.e. two finger swipe horizontally to scroll horizontally)... everyone but Surface Pro 3 currently does "up and down" to scroll "left and right" which is confusing as heck to most people.

9) You should be able to configure three finger options for things like forward/back, app switching, etc.

10) You should be able to turn the edges on or off (default to off as you say) for swiping in like on a touch-screen.

11) Palm Rejection should be standard and should work well... with a setting to control the sensitivity (light or hard) to match the user's typing/usage style.

12) You should be able to configure four-finger gestures (for things like maximize, restore/minimize, snap left, snap right).

And this should just work across all hardware, standard. Every laptop or OEM shouldn't have it's own weird drivers, with its own weird quirks, and it's own bizarrely chosen subset of the above features. And they should definitely not be buried in the Mouse control panel applet, which makes absolutely no sense.

Pluto is a Planet said,
I agree. Lenovo's software for my trackpad is terrible. There is literally no way to prevent touchpad input from being ignored when typing.

That's very weird. I'd have to say the trackpad on my Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is one of the best I've ever used. I never get any spurious touch events (when typing), and it's pretty smooth and fast with the two finger scrolling. It just lacks settings (it defaults to "natural scrolling" where the two finger scrolling mimics two fingers on the touch screen, rather than moving the scroll bar thumb (i.e. pulling down scrolls up, instead of pulling down scrolling down) and there's no way to change that. It also allows tap-to-click, but only two-finger-CLICK for right-click (you can't two finger tap, you have to really push down). It's inconsistent.

Raa said,
Which isn't as easy as it used to be...

Maybe compared to XP/2003 generation of OS. Otherwise, not really all that different than Windows 7.

Max Norris said,
So it's not a full OS version update, just the monthly business as usual. Yay, no silly names.

Yeah,
About time they came to their senses on this one!

lol I know.... 'August Update' is appropriate and good because it shows they are moving at a faster pace and will release monthly updates now... woot woot! :D.

Whereas I'm thinking "Windows 8.1 Update 1 to Update 1" ;) Or even "Windows 8.1 Update 1 to Update 1 by Microsoft" or even "Windows 8.1 August Update to Update 1 by Microsoft" ...I'm betting on the longest one :=)

j2006 said,
lol I know.... 'August Update' is appropriate and good because it shows they are moving at a faster pace and will release monthly updates now... woot woot! :D.

Hasn't it always been a monthly update cycle (aka Patch Tuesday)?

Dot Matrix said,
So all this noise over a set of regular Windows Updates?

Place part of the blame on people like FaiKee. Every time he read about some rumor on another site he would post about it everywhere and suddenly it would be part of update 2 even though there was nothing at all to prove that. Microsoft talking about a new feature and saying "part of a future 8.1 update" automatically meant update 2. Waiting for him to say he announced the "August Update" name before anyone else even though he has talked about nothing but update 2 and 3 along with threshold.

pallipdrsn0 said,
Whereas I'm thinking "Windows 8.1 Update 1 to Update 1" ;) Or even "Windows 8.1 Update 1 to Update 1 by Microsoft" or even "Windows 8.1 August Update to Update 1 by Microsoft" ...I'm betting on the longest one :=)

Windows 8.1 Update 1 Update Edition