Windows 8.1 Update 1 coming in April
February 10, 2014 Leave a comment
Microsoft will [unofficially] release Windows 8.1 Update 1 sometime in April. I am guessing it would be on the same day that Windows XP will get its last updates as Microsoft traditionally releases all updates including service packs and related on Patch Tuesday.
The update is schedule to be available through Windows Update and not through the Microsoft Store as it won’t be as big as upgrading to Windows 8.1.
Update 1 is expected to finally make all Windows 8.1 versions [computers, tablets and Windows Phones] at the same capabilities [technology permitting]. It will include better capabilities for those without a touch screen.
A leaked mid-January Windows 8.1 Update 1 test build showed off a bunch of the expected new features, including the ability to pin Modern applications to the desktop taskbar, new right-clickable context-sensitive menus, and adding dedicated search and power buttons to the Start screen.
As well there is a new Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11 [EMIE] is also part of the leaked build which will allow businesses to specify which sites should be loaded in Internet Explorer 8 compatibility mode and which don’t need it. This is because some intranet sites still rely on that version and won’t work correctly in a later version.
Early builds suggested that you could boot directly to the classic desktop in Windows 8.1, but latest news says that probably won’t happen. Makes little difference too many as they are using Classic Shell to do that.
[This update will also apply to Windows Server 2012 R2.]