Screenshots apparently of Windows 8.1 Update 1 reveal the upcoming update will sport dedicated buttons on the Start Screen for shutdown and search.
Windows 8.1 Update 1
The screenshots come from known Russian leaker WZor
and they show the new buttons in the top right corner of the operating system's Start Screen. Currently users are required to activate the Charms menu to access shutdown options.
Also revealed is that you can right click on Live Tiles to bring up a context menu containing options to resize and unpin them, as well as uninstall them and open whatever app they refer to in a new window.
The Update 1 is expected to be released on 11 March and is being seen as another major step towards addressing what many have seen as fundamental problems with the UI of Windows 8. For less experienced users the drastic changes in how basic tasks like shutting down your PC, compared to existing versions of Windows, have led to confusion while power users have been frustrated at the disruption to their familiar way of doing things.
Windows 8.1 looked to address some of these issues, adding back in a Start Button in the bottom left corner of the desktop to provide a more familiar way for users to return to the Start Screen. Update 1 will look to continue this work as well as further unify Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 operating systems.