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Windows 8.1 Update May Arrive April 8

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The latest rumor surrounding Windows 8.1 Update 1 is that Microsoft plans to release the upgrade on April 8 to consumers, the same day Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows XP. Unnamed sources also report that MSDN subscribers will get their hands on the final build on April 2, which is the first day of Microsoft's BUILD 2014 conference.

For the last several months, the release date of Windows 8.1 Update 1 has been all over the place, with rumors claiming that the update will arrive at BUILD, after BUILD, or perhaps sometime in March. This latest release date, provided by Paul Thurrott via Twitter, definitely makes sense given that April 8 will be a "Patch Tuesday," which is a day Microsoft schedules fixes and updates for a number of Windows-based products.

As reported earlier, Update 1 should make life easier for non-touch, mouse and keyboard customers. Features will include the ability to pin Metro apps to the taskbar, a new mouse interface, and new icons on the Start screen including settings, power and search. This update will also make Windows 8.1 more compatible with the school and large business environment.

The update was confirmed on Sunday by Joe Belfiore, vice president of operating systems for Microsoft. During a press conference at Mobile World Congress 2014, he said that Windows 8 originally focused on pushing touch to customers. However, people used to the mouse and keyboard were scratching their heads, annoyed by the new experience. With the new update, Microsoft is hoping to make the experience a bit friendlier to these customers.

"We could see where things were going great, and we could see where [we] could improve things," Belfiore said. He also pointed out that the new update doesn't mean that Microsoft is abandoning touch. If fact, the work to address mouse/keyboard concerns will not have a negative effect on the touch experience.

Belfiore also indicated that Microsoft is making the hardware requirements less strict for device makers, which should help Microsoft saturate the tablet sector with a plethora of new units. Manufacturers can now stuff their Windows 8.1 tablets with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, thus addressing the lower-end tablet market with cheaper prices.

Along with Windows 8.1 Update 1, sources have claimed that Microsoft will also launch Windows Phone 8.1 "Blue" and the Metro apps for Office 2013. The Surface Mini might make an appearance as well as the 4G LTE version of the Surface 2.

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    Lessthannil , March 2, 2014 8:24 AM
    Hopefully WIndows.1(.1) will be a free update for outstanding W8.1 users.
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    Blazer1985 , March 2, 2014 8:26 AM
    My spider sense is telling me that 90% of the comments below will focus on "too little too late" and general microsoft hate.
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    egilbe , March 2, 2014 8:29 AM
    Too little, too late :)  I'll wait for the next iteration of Windows if I feel I need to upgrade any computers. I knew this version was a train wreck since Beta.
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    notsleep , March 2, 2014 8:38 AM
    i hope one can go from windows 8.0 to windows 8.1 update 1 directly without having to go through the store first for 8.1 then through win update for 8.1 update 1.
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    greghome , March 2, 2014 8:41 AM
    :??: Why don't they just call it Windows 8.2 ? :??: 
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    anonymous_user , March 2, 2014 8:43 AM
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    Hopefully WIndows.1(.1) will be a free update for outstanding W8.1 users.
    Why would you think it wouldn't be free?
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    sourstones , March 2, 2014 9:16 AM
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    i hope one can go from windows 8.0 to windows 8.1 update 1 directly without having to go through the store first for 8.1 then through win update for 8.1 update 1.
    Bro, you can't even go from 8.0 to 8.1 with having the correct updates done first. So I highly doubt it.
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    eduardvictor , March 2, 2014 9:21 AM
    Can't wait, love Windows 8 Pro and 8.1 Pro, and ever since I first installed 8 pro back in late 2012, i have not had a single BSOD or system freeze, and my computer has been running perfectly.It is a 6 year old gaming PC and installing W8 on it made it feel brand new.Can't wait to build my new rig this year and install W8 on that, it will kick ass.W8 haters can go fuck themselves as far as I am concerned, it is the best OS I've ever used, and I've used everything since Windows '95, except Windows ME which was complete fucking garbage.
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    dwdesign , March 2, 2014 10:21 AM
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    My spider sense is telling me that 90% of the comments below will focus on "too little too late" and general microsoft hate.
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    My spider sense is telling me that 90% of the comments below will focus on "too little too late" and general microsoft hate.
    TOO little TOO late!
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    Morbus , March 2, 2014 10:26 AM
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    Can't wait, love Windows 8 Pro and 8.1 Pro, and ever since I first installed 8 pro back in late 2012, i have not had a single BSOD or system freeze, and my computer has been running perfectly.It is a 6 year old gaming PC and installing W8 on it made it feel brand new.Can't wait to build my new rig this year and install W8 on that, it will kick ass.W8 haters can go fuck themselves as far as I am concerned, it is the best OS I've ever used, and I've used everything since Windows '95, except Windows ME which was complete fucking garbage.
    If you like Win8 so much I don't know why you're so excited. Microsoft is basically undoing the crap what Win8 is, the crap you claim to like. I wouldn't say they'll do away with it completely, in Windows 8.1.1, but it's definitely a step in the wrong direction for you, if you really like Windows 8.
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    vpoko , March 2, 2014 10:56 AM
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    Can't wait, love Windows 8 Pro and 8.1 Pro, and ever since I first installed 8 pro back in late 2012, i have not had a single BSOD or system freeze, and my computer has been running perfectly.It is a 6 year old gaming PC and installing W8 on it made it feel brand new.Can't wait to build my new rig this year and install W8 on that, it will kick ass.W8 haters can go fuck themselves as far as I am concerned, it is the best OS I've ever used, and I've used everything since Windows '95, except Windows ME which was complete fucking garbage.
    If you like Win8 so much I don't know why you're so excited. Microsoft is basically undoing the crap what Win8 is, the crap you claim to like. I wouldn't say they'll do away with it completely, in Windows 8.1.1, but it's definitely a step in the wrong direction for you, if you really like Windows 8.
    I don't think that's true. It's not like Metro is going away, or 8.1's faster boot times, or better stability. My take is that Windows 8.1 is already similar enough to Windows 7 to be OK, as long as you're willing to spend some time customizing it, and it does have its advantages over 7. MS definitely messed up by making it so much less usable out-of-the-box, but it's a bigger issue for regular users instead of the technically inclined.
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    coolitic , March 2, 2014 11:53 AM
    Even though the desktop is better, I'm still not getting 8.1 u1 because windows 8.1 is still loaded with bugs and still has compatibility issues.
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    bdl211 , March 2, 2014 12:12 PM
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    Can't wait, love Windows 8 Pro and 8.1 Pro, and ever since I first installed 8 pro back in late 2012, i have not had a single BSOD or system freeze, and my computer has been running perfectly.It is a 6 year old gaming PC and installing W8 on it made it feel brand new.Can't wait to build my new rig this year and install W8 on that, it will kick ass.W8 haters can go fuck themselves as far as I am concerned, it is the best OS I've ever used, and I've used everything since Windows '95, except Windows ME which was complete fucking garbage.
    If you like Win8 so much I don't know why you're so excited. Microsoft is basically undoing the crap what Win8 is, the crap you claim to like. I wouldn't say they'll do away with it completely, in Windows 8.1.1, but it's definitely a step in the wrong direction for you, if you really like Windows 8.
    I don't think that's true. It's not like Metro is going away, or 8.1's faster boot times, or better stability. My take is that Windows 8.1 is already similar enough to Windows 7 to be OK, as long as you're willing to spend some time customizing it, and it does have its advantages over 7. MS definitely messed up by making it so much less usable out-of-the-box, but it's a bigger issue for regular users instead of the technically inclined.
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    soldier44 , March 2, 2014 12:20 PM
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    My spider sense is telling me that 90% of the comments below will focus on "too little too late" and general microsoft hate.
    Not Microsoft hate, just that lame Windows 8 nonsense.
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    soldier44 , March 2, 2014 12:23 PM
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    Can't wait, love Windows 8 Pro and 8.1 Pro, and ever since I first installed 8 pro back in late 2012, i have not had a single BSOD or system freeze, and my computer has been running perfectly.It is a 6 year old gaming PC and installing W8 on it made it feel brand new.Can't wait to build my new rig this year and install W8 on that, it will kick ass.W8 haters can go fuck themselves as far as I am concerned, it is the best OS I've ever used, and I've used everything since Windows '95, except Windows ME which was complete fucking garbage.
    Lol Your in the minority there bud. Try getting a SSD hard drive for that outdated gaming PC. Win 7 will run just as fast. Win 8 is nothing different to make it run faster with the right hardware.
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    SteelCity1981 , March 2, 2014 12:45 PM
    more patching by ms. windows 8 just seems like a long drawn out beta then an actual final os.
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    falchard , March 2, 2014 2:18 PM
    I am so friggin confused on Microsoft's naming convention. I saw Windows 8.1 update and thought, wasn't 8.1 already released? Why cant they name it something sensible like Windows 8.11 instead of Windows 8.1 Update 1?
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    Truckinupga , March 2, 2014 2:53 PM
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    Hopefully WIndows.1(.1) will be a free update for outstanding W8.1 users.

    Its not actually a new version of Windows, It's only an update adding new features and Improvements. But as you may have heard, Microsoft is considering making all upcoming versions of Windows free (i.e. Windows 9 and up) which is great news. As a PC builder and repairman, my life would be so much easier if most computers were running the same version of Windows.
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    airborne11b , March 2, 2014 4:07 PM
    People that hate on Win8 or call it a train wreck are tech-illiterate. The metro UI is just a better start menu. That's it. It's a much easier to read, cleaner start menu that happens to also work really well for touch devices (but there's no problem with it when it comes mouse/keyboard).The amount of hate these comments always generate about windows 8 from such a small change/improvement really makes me wonder about the intelligence and / or maturity of the posters here on toms.If you liked windows 7, windows 8 and 8.1 are nothing but an improvement. Is it worth upgrading from windows 7? Probably not. But it's certainly a better upgrade choice from XP / vista to 8 instead of 7.
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    back_by_demand , March 2, 2014 4:23 PM
    Even if people hate Metro, there is no reason to hate Windows 8 regardless. In less time than it takes to modify the background wallpaper in Windows 7 you can modify Windows 8 to look and act like Windows 7, including a Start Menu. You will however get better memory management, smaller footprint, less system resources used, more security, more compatibility. This is what happens people are spoonfed for too long. Do yourselves a favour and grow up.
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