Windows 8.1 update may debut in April

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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14 Comments

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: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

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

2. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Why is this on the front page.

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Bring it on MS. Excited to see 8.1 update.

4. Giavanibro unregistered

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

6. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Same. This is an update for 8.1 Btw how is the fan noise of ur vaio.

5. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Me too !

8. amozhi

Posts: 131; Member since: Oct 23, 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: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Isn't chromebook useless without wifi or internet?

13. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Only according to Microsoft.

14. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

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

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