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Power and Search buttons on the Start screen
One of the most common complaints from early users of Windows 8 is that they couldn't figure out how to shut down. In addition, the systemwide search capabilities were buried on the (hidden) Charms menu. The Spring 2014 update adds both buttons to the Start screen, making it unnecessary to use the Charms menu.
New mouse options for Start screen tiles
Many of the changes in Windows 8.1 Update 1 appear only when using a mouse. On a touchscreen device, using the tap-and-hold gesture on a Start screen still exposes options along the bottom. But if you're using a mouse, you can right-click a tile and get access to those same functions in a context-sensitive menu that doesn't require moving the mouse pointer to the bottom of the screen.
Desktop programs and Windows Store apps on the same taskbar
You'll have to look closely to see the single new option on this menu. If the option to show Windows Store apps on the taskbar is selected, you can see and pin icons for any open app on the taskbar, alongside icons for Windows desktop programs.