The Softonic Minute: Youtube, Windows 8.1 and Gmail tabs

The Softonic Minute: Youtube, Windows 8.1 and Gmail tabs

Windows 8.1 gets a start button, Ubisoft goes to E3, Youtube gets slowmo and Gmail gets new tabs, all in the Softonic Minute.

Here’s your Friday dose of this week’s top news in the world of software.


Windows 8.1, start button confirmed. The Windows update will herald the return of the Start button. The button will be the same as the one in the charms bar, but will allow access to the new interface, whereas many actually asked for the return of the old pop-up menu. Microsoft’s already spoken about the changes in 8.1 and is due to announce more surprises by the end of the year.

Ubisoft shows us its cards. Prestigious videogames conference E3 begins in two weeks and Ubisoft’s already told us what they’ll be talking about – Assassin’s Creed 4, Rayman Legends, South Park: the stick of truth and Watch Dogs, among others.

Youtube slows down. And it’s got nothing to do with your connection. It’s actually a new option that allows you to apply a slow motion effect to your videos. From what we’ve seen, it can be awesome, or truly, truly terrible.

Gmail, defender of order. Gmail’s been updated with new message filtering options to help organize your inbox. Personal, Social, Promotions and Updates are among the tabs that will now divide up your emails. You’ll also see various other improvements and more personalization options.

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