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A few days back Microsoft confirmed the next update for Windows 8.1. It also clarified that the August update would not bring major changes for the OS even though many had expected that initially. Instead the company is going to break down the changes that it plans on making over the next few months into smaller updates that will be pushed out monthly. Today the Windows 8.1 August update has been released, it comes with some minor improvements and fixes.

Windows 8.1 August update features three new end-user settings to improve the touchpad, these include double-tap and drag, allow right clicks through trackpad and the ability to leave the trackpad on when an external mouse is connected.

Miracast Receive is included in this update which brings a new set of Wi-Fi direct APIs for independent hardware vendor or OEM drivers to develop 32-bit Windows applications that run on supported x86 and x64 versions of Windows 8.1, allowing users to turn their computer into a Miracast receiver.

Last but not the least Windows 8.1 August update reduces the number of prompts when using SharePoint Online websites. Those who check the “Keep me signed in box” will not be prompted for access credentials after the first time.

The update is rolling out now and should be available through Windows Update. The impatient lot can go ahead and download x86 and x64 versions directly from Microsoft’s website.

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