Windows 8.1 Update 1 Has Hit RTM As Microsoft Signs Off Final Build, Update Coming On April 8th

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We already know about the changes that are coming in Windows 8.1 Update 1 in which Microsoft is trying to address the concerns of keyboard/mouse users of Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 Spring update will hit MSDN on April 2 and Windows Update on April 8th. WZor today reported that Microsoft has finalzied the Windows 8.1 Spring update build and the Gold RTM build string is 6.3.9600.17031.WINBLUE_GDR.140221-1952.

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

There are several other features in Windows 8.1 Update 1, find them in our previous coverage.



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  • 5Lk9m2Q7NR

    I like this change set. MS should have done this much earlier to make mouse users happy. They were too aggressive before.

    • Nham Thien Duong

      I’m a mouse user and I have little (actually no) trouble with the present interface. :-

    • Emi the Strange

      ehmmm… I use Mouse 95% of the time to navigate, not even keyboard shorcuts, and this update 1 is adding NOTHING.
      Windows 8.1 works perfect with mouse… and sometimes better than xp, vista and 7 combined.

  • robertwade

    WHAT concerns of keyboard and mouse users? I don’t have a SINGLE PROBLEM with the keyboard & mouse use of 8.1. What kind of lame individual can’t use a keyboard & mouse with 8.1? I’m so sick of great software being ruined by fools.

    • iLove2argue

      im with ur side dude. same opinion of you no problems with 8.1 with mice and kboards..

    • NegLewis

      Maybe they are referring to default Virtual Keyboard – Missing keys Issues.

    • Liquid55

      I have no issues either, but I think for some, who may be less computer-inclined, some functionality was not very discoverable.

    • Bugbog

      Alas 70 – 90% of users (by volume) are “fools!”

  • Nham Thien Duong

    I see what you did there Microsoft, I really hope that that search button is in reality Bing Smart Search, then we’ll always be 1 button away from Bing. :-P

    • Wanderlei Santos

      I hope it can be turned off, since you can just type to search, button is a wasted click/tap.