Windows 8.1 'August Update' now available ahead of Windows Update launch

Windows 8.1

Microsoft has officially released the Windows 8.1 'August Update', which was formally known as Update 2 during development. The update was originally set to include a number of new things including a new Mini Start, but that feature was pulled at the last minute, leaving only small insignificant changes.

The update includes the following changes:

  • 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.
  • 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.

The update is 171MB for 64bit and 101MB for 32bit. It's currently unknown how big the update is for ARM processors, however we assume it'll be somewhat similar to the size of the 32bit variant.

Will you be downloading the update now, or will you opt to wait for Windows Update to automatically install it for you? Let us know below.

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