Windows 8.1 Store and Windows Update client improvements: May 13, 2014

Applies to: Windows 8.1 EnterpriseWindows 8.1 ProWindows 8.1

This article describes some improvements for Windows Store and Windows Update in Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2. Check out the new features of this update and how to obtain this update. This update has a prerequisite.

Features that are enabled in this update



About the new features that are enabled for the Windows Store

  • A persistent navigation bar now appears at the top of the screen. Users can now use the mouse or keyboard to quickly browse to recommendation lists (such as Top Free, Top Paid, Top Grossing, Best Rated, and Picks for You), Collections, or account information.
  • App collections have a more prominent placement in the navigation. There is a new Collections page that lists all available app collections. A small set of collections is highlighted on the home page. Collections are also displayed in search results. Additionally, for certain collections, users will be offered an Install All choice that lets them obtain all the apps in that collection in one step.
  • A universal apps badge has been added to Windows Store apps that can be purchased only one time and that can then be used on both Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1.
  • Discount information is now displayed for apps on the home page, search results, lists, and description pages.
  • App description page improvements:
    • Users can take larger screen shots of the UI to improve the view of the app for other users that are not currently using it.
    • Universal applications are clearly identified together with any hardware requirements. .
    • Promotional pricing and expiration information is displayed next to the Buy button.
    • The list of recommended apps that is offered to the user post-acquisition is improved to make them more relevant.

  • A supplemental privacy shortcut has been added to the apps description page in the charms.
  • An improved hardware-targeting feature filters touch-required apps out of the Windows Store live tile, Spotlight, and "Picks for You" parts of the Store if the computer does not support touch. These apps are still viewable in other parts of the Store. Therefore, when you select a touch-required app on a computer that does not support touch, you receive a warning to indicate that the computer does not have the correct hardware to run the app.

About the new features that are enabled for the Windows Update

  • Windows Update integrates with SleepStudy to provide improved diagnostic information.
  • Improvements to performance, resiliency, and support for authenticated proxies have been added in Windows Update.

Resolution


Update information

How to obtain this update

Windows Update
This update is available from Windows Update.
Microsoft Download Center
The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
Operating systemUpdate
All supported x86-based versions of Windows 8.1Download Download the package now.
All supported x64-based versions of Windows 8.1Download Download the package now.
All supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2012 R2Download Download the package now.
Note The update for Windows RT 8.1 can be obtained only from Windows Update.

For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
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Prerequisites

To apply this update, you must be running Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2, and have update 2919355 installed.

Registry information

To apply this update, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You may have to restart the computer after you apply this update.

Update replacement information

This update does not replace a previously released update.

Status


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More Information


For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates