Report: Microsoft To Release Windows 8.1 Update 1 In April

Previously, We heard from various reports that Microsoft is planning to release Windows 8.1 Update 1 in March. Today, Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet reported that Microsoft’s plans for this update got delayed by a month. The ship target for Windows 8.1 Update 1 has shifted from March 2014 to April 2014. OEMs may receive their final bits in late March to ship in Windows devices. So, there is a possibility that we may get this update on April 8th. This Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaked build is now available for download from various illegal sites and the leaked build has a build string of 9600.16596.WINBLUES14_GDR_LEAN.140114-0237 revealed many new features that we reported in the past week.

New features in Windows 8.1 Update 1:

  • Metro apps have a title bar, with close/minimize buttons and the ability to “Split left/right” when you right-click it.
  • You can keep taskbar visible while using modern apps
  • Control Panel item in metro PC Settings
  • 200% and 250% DPI scaling modes added to control panel (in 8.1 RTM, to get these values you have to go “custom”), 250% is the default on screens with more than 1800 vertical lines
  • Shutdown button on the start screen*, doesn’t show on less than 8″ tablets to prevent accidental shutdown
  • Search button on the start screen*
  • Instead of metro bars (top and bottom) a context menu appears when you right-click an app on the start screen*
  • Pinning metro apps to desktop taskbar*
  • Internet Explorer Enterprise Mode

Source: ZDNET

  • grimo

    They’d better speed up wp8.1 update

    • Nham Thien Duong

      I agree, personally I hope to see Windows (for P.C.’s) and Windows Phone become 1 O.S. (or at-least share A.P.I.’s so that there is full app compatibility, similarly like how Windows Mobile -> Windows C.E. and in a strange twist -> Windows R.T./8.X, yet no Windows Phone(, yet)), but things like these can’t be rushed because they might include too many bugs. :-

      • grimo

        we don’t have the luxury of waiting no one gone wait till WP catch ups wp right now IS were android was where at 2010 playing we can’t have bugs i doubt a company such as MS don’t have the necessary engineers to shake things up and fast but they have a lazy ass clown engineers how are too lazy to do a shit.