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