Latest Windows update - running faster?

I just got the latest Windows updates on my desktop (running Windows 8 Pro). There were *a lot* of them. For the OS, for Office. Anyway, just wondered if anyone else had installed them and if so, have you noticed things running faster? Mine is launching things at a frankly frightening speed. Especially Office programs such as Excel and OneNote. It might be subjective, but I didn't expect anything to change so had no reason to be coloured by preconceptions, I think. Anyone else installed today's updates and noticed a change?