Windows 8.1 update may debut in April
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
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.
7. tigermcm (Posts: 691; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
hitting one button is EXTREMELY difficult for the majority. if the majority would dedicate 10min they could master win8
3. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2453; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Bring it on MS. Excited to see 8.1 update.
4. Giavanibro (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 May 2013)
what? Im running windows 8.1 atm on my vaio flip13?
6. Miracles (Posts: 469; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)
Same. This is an update for 8.1
Btw how is the fan noise of ur vaio.
8. amozhi (Posts: 96; 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
9. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3512; 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?
10. papss (unregistered)
Wow.. Chromebook? That is about the sorriest attempt at an OS ever
11. Miracles (Posts: 469; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)
Isn't chromebook useless without wifi or internet?
14. sprockkets (Posts: 1152; 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.
12. skymitch89 (Posts: 1040; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
8.1 is already out. This would be either 8.1.1 or 8.2