Last week Microsoft announced that an update for Windows 8.1 was on the way… but contrary to primary rumors, this wouldn’t be the big “Windows 8.1 Update 2” that some people had expected. Instead it’s a minor update featuring touchpad improvements, the ability to use a PC as a Miracast wireless display receiver, and a few other tweaks.

Instead of major releases a few times a year, Microsoft plans to roll out new features as they’re ready about once a month on “Update Tuesday,” which is the second Tuesday of the month.

There are also firmware updates for the Surface RT, Surface Pro, and Surface Pro 3 tablets today.

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4 replies on “Lilbits (8-12-2014): Windows 8.1 gets a (minor) update”

    1. The Update is for…

      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.

      So may have to wait till apps are made to take advantage of it…

    2. Allegedly, if your device is compatible, you can open the charms menu > devices > project, and the option to receive Miracast streaming will be one of your display options.

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