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Windows 8.1 update may debut in April

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Windows 8.1 update may debut in April
The Windows 8.1 update is getting close, yet it feels so far away. Chances are it may have slipped just a little further from the rumored date March 11 to April 8 (aka Patch Tuesday).

Microsoft’s //Build/ conference is on April 2nd through the 4th, so it would make sense if we saw an official introduction then. The conference is expected to bring a lot of news with it, not least of which will be Windows, but even more prominently, Windows Phone.

“Update 1” as it is also known will bring a number of new features for those sporting a Surface Pro or any of the other tablets running the full Windows OS. Metro-type apps will be able to be pinned to the desktop taskbar, there will be new contextual menus (right click), dedicated search and power buttons in the start screen and enhancements to Internet Explorer 11.

As for rumors about “boot to desktop” being the new default, it will likely be a mixed scenario. Computers sold without touch screens may see Windows boot to desktop by default. Tablets and touch screens will boot to the Metro-start screen.

It is being reported that the rumored plans for March were aggressive. Despite the new time line, the manufacturers will have the Windows 8.1 update early enough to start having it loaded on tablets and PCs in March.

sources: ZDNet via WPCentral

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posted on 05 Feb 2014, 21:59 4

1. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)


Because hitting ONE Button is so hard. I could careless if it launces into desktop or Metro/Modern. I really wish they replace desktop icons with modern interface though. Imagine having the "Start Menu" in the background but still have tiled movable windows. I don't know anyone that uses the desktop for quick launching apps anymore. Been using exclusively the taskbar on Windows 7.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 01:57 2

7. tigermcm (Posts: 743; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


hitting one button is EXTREMELY difficult for the majority. if the majority would dedicate 10min they could master win8

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 22:08

2. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Why is this on the front page.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 23:06 3

3. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2801; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Bring it on MS. Excited to see 8.1 update.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 23:37 3

4. Giavanibro (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 May 2013)


what? Im running windows 8.1 atm on my vaio flip13?

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 23:45 1

6. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Same. This is an update for 8.1

Btw how is the fan noise of ur vaio.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 23:44

5. mmmanuuu (Posts: 237; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


Me too !

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 02:02

8. amozhi (Posts: 105; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


I learned to live without Windows for a year. This update is not going to do any change on Windows 8 or 8.1 adoption rate. If any manufacturer launches Chromebook with intel i5 processor I will buy chromebook than Windows machine

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 02:16 2

9. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


The adoption rate is doing good for the first year.. It's at 11% of the PC market which includes Mac... W8-8.1 is already larger than Macs OSX, and growing... How is it doing bad?

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 06:10 3

10. papss (unregistered)


Wow.. Chromebook? That is about the sorriest attempt at an OS ever

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 07:06 2

11. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Isn't chromebook useless without wifi or internet?

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 10:53

13. sprockkets (Posts: 1310; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Only according to Microsoft.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 10:53

14. sprockkets (Posts: 1310; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


If that is so, why is Microsoft now bashing it on commercials? Maybe because schools and others are now taking it up.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 07:39 1

12. skymitch89 (Posts: 1098; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


8.1 is already out. This would be either 8.1.1 or 8.2

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