Report: Microsoft Planning To Release Windows 8.1 Update 1 On April 8th

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As per previous reports, Microsoft is set to release Windows 8.1 Update 1 to users sometime in April. Paul Thurrott has today confirmed that Windows 8.1 Spring update will hit MSDN on April 2 and Windows Update on April 8th. The timing seems to be interesting as Microsoft is planning to release them on the last day of Build developer conference.
We previously reported that Windows 8.1 Update 1 allows you to pin your Windows Store apps to the taskbar. Apart from that, the pinned Windows Store apps in taskbar also supports thumbnail previews. Also pinning supported modern apps to task bar allows you to enjoy Jump lists and media controls features as well. For example, you can now access recently accessed documents in modern Adobe Reader app or recently saved URLs from Reading lists app with a right click on taskbar. See the screenshot above. Another cool feature is the support for media control in the taskbar for Windows Store apps that has media playing capabilities. You can play, pause, rewind, forward, etc,. There are several other features in Windows 8.1 Update 1, find them in our previous coverage posts.

Source: Paul Thurrott

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  • jaylyric

    I would like to see a history option in IE11,I can’t seem to find a way to get that. All I see is the frequent option. Also the ability to choose from more than one recently closed tabs. Maybe I’m not looking in the right places or something,but I suspect that you can’t do either of those things right now.

    • Emi the Strange

      you mean ctrl+h?

      or press the star and choose history there… once you chose history and you close IE the star must open history by default.
      I hope its this history you are talking about… if not well hope you clarify

      • jaylyric

        Thanks. I’m on 8.1 RT. When I open IE the star opens favorites.

        • Emi the Strange

          it opens favorites the first time, but once you select history, it goes straight to history after that… or thats the way it’s supposed to work, thats the way it had always worked.

          the tab you select, favorites or feeds or history, thats the one it will open when you click in the star again.

  • Pierre

    Do you mean Tools -> Internet Options -> General -> Browsing history / Settings -> View files ? Or just click on the star in the top right corner then on the History-tab?

  • Nham Thien Duong

    I wonder if I could simply click on the Taskbar folder and use the pinned Windows Store Apps on my desktop, that would be… awesome, to a certain extend, I think that Microsoft is planning to make the differences between the desktop & metro smaller, I already have tonnes of desktop apps (dubbed: ”program(me)s”) on my start-screen, vice versa could also benefit the user. :-)