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Microsoft releases Windows 8.1 Update 1 to manufacturing

Microsoft has released Windows 8.1 Update 1 to manufacturing, according to my sources, as well as the known Windows leaker WZor.

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Windows 8.1 Update 1 -- which Microsoft also has referred to internally as "Windows 8.1 Spring Update" and "Windows 8.1 Update" -- is designed to make Windows 8.1 more palatable and familiar to users who prefer to use mice as much, if not more, than touch.

Word of Windows 8.1 Update 1's existence and feature set began leaking months ago. Pre-RTM builds of the update have been leaking for weeks. (The RTM build has not yet leaked to the Web as of March 4.) During Mobile World Congress, Microsoft execs officially provided some information on the coming release for the first time publicly.

Windows 8.1 Update 1 tweaks include a title bar at the top of Modern/Windows Store apps; new, right-clickable context menus; and the addition of power and search buttons on the Start Screen. Windows 8.1 Update 1 will have a smaller footprint (1 GB of RAM; 16 GB of storage), which will enable device makers to put Windows 8.1 with the update on smaller, cheaper tablets. Windows 8.1 Update 1 will include IE8 compatibility mode in IE11 -- previously reported as IE11 Enterprise Mode.

With Windows 8.1, according to previous reports, boot to desktop will be installed by default on new PCs/devices without touch screens. Users who are upgrading from Windows 8.1 to Windows 8.1 Update 1 who don't have boot to desktop set as their default already won't see their settings change to boot to default, according to WZor.

 

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Re: Microsoft releases Windows 8.1 Update 1 to manufacturing

Well, with the RTM in place, the update should rollout within a few weeks I would guess.

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Yup, Corey...that sounds about right...but then again...we are talking about MS...so you never, ever know...:smileywink:

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Right on Guys!

 

Microsoft will make the update generally available via Windows Update

on April 8, 2014 Patch Tuesday!

 

http://www.zdnet.com/windows-8-1-update-1-now-looking-like-april-7000026009/

 

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Daniel, thanks for the digging...useful to know...I will make sure that my tablet is connected to WiFi then.  :smileywink:

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That is brilliant news, thank you for the update Daniel.

 

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Thanks for finding that out for us!

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Thanks for the heads up...you have to admit, old Triple Helix gets lucky every now and then!:smileyhappy:

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RR, there no every now and then, or getting lucky either...the TH is all seeing & all knowing...be afraid, be very afraid...:smileytongue: :smileywink:

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Re: Microsoft releases Windows 8.1 Update 1 to manufacturing

Rumoured changes:

Here's our roundup of the latest leaks, suggesting what we can expect in Windows 8.1 Update 1.

Title bar on Metro apps

A full build of Windows 8.1 Update 1 has leaked to file-sharing websites, revealing a few more of the expected changes, according to The Verge.

That includes a title bar across the top of all Metro-style apps, making it easier to use a mouse to minimise and close apps, as well as snap them side-by-side next to each other.

It's also now possible to see how the dedicated shutdown and search icons (see below) will operate. Clicking on the shutdown button opens up a dropdown box with the expected options: restart, shutdown, and sleep.

The search icon, meanwhile, opens up the existing sidebar search tool.

Boot to desktop by default

The option to bypass the Metro interface when booting up will be on by default for desktop PCs, according to The Verge.

The idea is to make it easier to use Windows 8.1 for those using a keyboard and mouse rather than a touchscreen, with Microsoft's own telemetry data showing most people still use those standard input methods. And yes, that's the same telemetry data that Microsoft used to justify removing the Start button in the first place.

However, the report notes the change is still in development and may not be ready when the update ships.

Pin Metro apps to the taskbar

Leaked screenshots suggest Update 1 will allow Metro apps to be pinned to the desktop taskbar, meaning users won't have to flip back into the Start screen to access them.

However, it isn't clear from the images what happens when the icons are clicked, whether they run directly on the desktop in their own window or simply return the user to the Metro interface, noted ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley.

Microsoft has been rumoured to be considering allowing users to run such apps directly on the desktop, rather than forcing them into full-screen mode in the Metro interface.

Shutting apps

Metro apps will receive their own close button in the top corner, mimicking how they're shut down on the desktop, according to Paul Thurrott. At the moment, those apps are closed via the keyboard or a touch or mouse gesture.

Windows 8.1 Update 1 will also make it easier to manage app icons. Right-clicking on them in the Start screen will open up a menu to uninstall or resize them directly, rather than going to a different screen.

Shutdown ease

Leaked screenshots suggest Microsoft wants to make it easier to shutdown PCs, with the addition of a dedicated shutdown button located next to the profile image in the top-right corner of the Start screen.

At the moment, shutting down a Windows 8.1 PC involves navigating into settings or right-clicking on the returned Start button - the new method won't save steps over the former, but is easier for new users to find.

The screenshots also feature a dedicated earch button next to the profile photo and new shutdown icon.

Under the hood

Foley also noted there may be some less visible changes, geared more towards tablets than the desktop.

She said Update 1 may introduce changes to cut memory and disk space requirements for Windows 8.1, making it run better on cheaper, smaller tablets

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