Microsoft plans to launch a significant update to Windows 8.1 in April, and the company has already reportedly released the update to manufacturers so they can load up computers that will hit the streets next month.
Don’t want to wait that long? Microsoft seems to have prematurely made the software available through its Windows Update service. While the download links have been removed from Microsoft’s servers, they were up long enough for plenty of people to grab the software… and if you look hard enough it shouldn’t be hard to find a site which still has working links.
Or you can just wait until April and not worry about installing software from an untrusted source.
Either way, Windows 8.1 Update 1 will likely be a free update for existing Windows 8.1 users. Many of the changes seem to be designed to make the operating system a bit easier to use for folks using traditional laptop or desktop computers.
While Windows 8 introduced a new touch-friendly user interface and Start Screen, plenty of folks still by Windows computers to use desktop mode. The update makes it easier to run Windows Store apps on a desktop thanks to the ability to see the taskbar from the Start Screen and the ability to see Windows Store apps to your desktop taskbar.
There are also now shutdown and restart icons on the Start Screen, which means you don’t need to use a gesture command or move your mouse to the corner of the screen to bring up the power menu.
Microsoft has also promised to add support for low-cost, low-power hardware. We could see Windows 8.1 tablets with as little as 16GB of storage and 1GB of RAM.
via The Verge